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Working As A Devops Engineer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Mostly Sitting

  • $88,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Devops Engineer Do

Software developers are the creative minds behind computer programs. Some develop the applications that allow people to do specific tasks on a computer or another device. Others develop the underlying systems that run the devices or that control networks.

Duties

Software developers typically do the following:

  • Analyze users’ needs and then design, test, and develop software to meet those needs
  • Recommend software upgrades for customers’ existing programs and systems
  • Design each piece of an application or a system and plan how the pieces will work together
  • Create a variety of models and diagrams (such as flowcharts) that instruct programmers how to write software code
  • Ensure that a program continues to function normally through software maintenance and testing
  • Document every aspect of an application or a system as a reference for future maintenance and upgrades
  • Collaborate with other computer specialists to create optimum software

Software developers are in charge of the entire development process for a software program. They may begin by asking how the customer plans to use the software. They must identify the core functionality that users need from software programs. Software developers must also determine user requirements that are unrelated to the functionality of software, such as the level of security and performance needs. They design the program and then give instructions to programmers, who write computer code and test it.

If the program does not work as expected or if testers find it too difficult to use, software developers go back to the design process to fix the problems or improve the program. After the program is released to the customer, a developer may perform upgrades and maintenance.

Developers usually work closely with computer programmers. However, in some companies, developers write code themselves instead of giving instructions to the programmers.

Developers who supervise a software project from the planning stages through implementation sometimes are called information technology (IT) project managers. These workers monitor the project’s progress to ensure that it meets deadlines, standards, and cost targets. IT project managers who plan and direct an organization’s IT department or IT policies are included in the profile on computer and information systems managers.

The following are examples of types of software developers:

Applications software developers design computer applications, such as word processors and games, for consumers. They may create custom software for a specific customer or commercial software to be sold to the general public. Some applications software developers create complex databases for organizations. They also create programs that people use over the Internet and within a company’s intranet.

Systems software developers create the systems that keep computers functioning properly. These could be operating systems for computers that the general public buys or systems built specifically for an organization. Often, systems software developers also build the system’s interface, which is what allows users to interact with the computer. Systems software developers are creating the operating systems that control most of the consumer electronics in use today, including the systems in phones or cars.

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How To Become A Devops Engineer

Software developers usually have a bachelor’s degree in computer science and strong computer programming skills.

Education

Software developers usually have a bachelor’s degree, typically in computer science, software engineering, or a related field. A degree in mathematics is also acceptable. Computer science degree programs are the most common, because they tend to cover a broad range of topics. Students should focus on classes related to building software in order to better prepare themselves for work in the occupation. For some positions, employers may prefer a master’s degree.

Although writing code is not their first priority, developers must have a strong background in computer programming. They usually gain this experience in school. Throughout their career, developers must keep up to date on new tools and computer languages.

Software developers also need skills related to the industry in which they work. Developers working in a bank, for example, should have knowledge of finance so that they can understand a bank’s computing needs.

Other Experience

Many students gain experience in software development by completing an internship at a software company while in college.

Some software developers first work as computer programmers and then are given more responsibility as they gain experience. Eventually, they become developers.

Advancement

Software developers can advance to become information technology (IT) project managers, also called computer and information systems managers, a position in which they oversee the software development process.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Developers must analyze users’ needs and then design software to meet those needs.

Communication skills. Developers must be able to give clear instructions to others working on a project. They must also explain to their customers how the software works and answer any questions that arise.

Computer skills. Developers must understand computer capabilities and programming languages in order to design effective software.

Creativity. Developers are the creative minds behind new computer software.

Detail oriented. Developers often work on many parts of an application or system at the same time and must therefore be able to concentrate and pay attention to detail.

Interpersonal skills. Software developers must be able to work well with others who contribute to designing, developing, and programming successful software.

Problem-solving skills. Because developers are in charge of software from beginning to end, they must be able to solve problems that arise throughout the design process.

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Devops Engineer Career Paths

Devops Engineer
Linux Systems Administrator Senior System Administrator
Information Technology Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Linux Systems Administrator Senior System Administrator Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Linux Systems Administrator Senior System Administrator Information Technology Director
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
Release Manager Senior Project Manager Information Technology Director
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Release Manager Senior Project Manager Vice President
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Release Manager Senior Project Manager
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Project Manager
Delivery Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Engineering Manager
Senior Engineering Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Manager Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Configuration Manager Project Manager
Release Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Configuration Manager Project Manager Development Manager
Senior Development Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Configuration Manager Program Manager Co-Founder
Chief Technology Officer & Founder
9 Yearsyrs
Manager Production Manager Engineering Manager
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Manager Information Technology Manager
Application Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Technician Specialist Senior Business Analyst
Product Owner
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Technician Specialist Senior Systems Engineer
Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Technician Specialist Senior Systems Engineer Systems Manager
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Architect Senior Software Engineer Senior Technical Consultant
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
Configuration Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Release Engineer
9 Yearsyrs
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Devops Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

69.8%

Unknown

16.0%

Female

14.2%
Ethnicity

White

53.2%

Asian

21.7%

Black or African American

10.3%

Hispanic or Latino

9.7%

Unknown

5.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

30.0%

Portuguese

15.0%

Italian

10.0%

Chinese

5.0%

Japanese

5.0%

French

5.0%

Norwegian

5.0%

Hindi

5.0%

Mandarin

5.0%

Urdu

5.0%

Thai

5.0%

Afrikaans

5.0%
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Devops Engineer Education

Schools

University of Central Missouri

14.1%

Northwestern Polytechnic University

10.1%

More Tech Institute

8.8%

Texas A&M University

7.5%

Bryn Mawr College

4.8%

University of Bridgeport

4.4%

University of Texas at Austin

4.4%

University of Phoenix

4.4%

Silicon Valley University

4.4%

Wilmington University

4.0%

University of Houston

4.0%

University of Texas at Dallas

3.5%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

3.5%

San Jose State University

3.5%

University of South Florida

3.1%

New York Institute of Technology - Manhattan Campus

3.1%

San Francisco State University

3.1%

Rochester Institute of Technology

3.1%

Lamar University

3.1%

Western Governors University

3.1%
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Majors

Computer Science

39.6%

Electrical Engineering

14.9%

Computer Engineering

10.4%

Information Technology

8.1%

Engineering

4.7%

Computer Information Systems

3.4%

Computer Applications

3.0%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.8%

Business

2.7%

Information Systems

2.1%

Computer Networking

1.6%

Management

1.2%

Management Information Systems

0.9%

Mathematics

0.8%

Computer Systems Security

0.8%

Education

0.7%

Mechanical Engineering

0.7%

Computer Programming

0.4%

Biology

0.4%

Civil Engineering

0.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

60.6%

Masters

26.8%

Other

9.8%

Associate

1.8%

Certificate

0.5%

Diploma

0.5%

Doctorate

0.2%
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Highest Paying State
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How much does a Devops Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Devops Engineer in the United States is $88,685 per year or $43 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $65,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $120,000.

Real Devops Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Devops Engineer Nerdwallet, Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 16, 2016 $195,000
Technial Lead, Devops Engineer Dailymotion, Inc. New York, NY Dec 27, 2016 $180,000
Principal Devops Engineer Lendingclub Corporation San Francisco, CA Nov 16, 2015 $179,000
Senior Devops Engineer Guidewire Software, Inc. Foster City, CA Aug 22, 2016 $175,000
Principal Devops Engineer Lendingclub Corporation San Francisco, CA Oct 05, 2016 $175,000
Principal Devops Engineer Lendingclub Corporation San Francisco, CA Mar 02, 2015 $175,000
SR. Devops Engineer MacHine Zone, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Dec 29, 2016 $169,749 -
$170,000
Devops Engineer Netskope, Inc. Los Altos, CA Dec 15, 2016 $167,000 -
$187,000
IT Lead Devops Engineer Salesforce.com, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jan 12, 2015 $165,000
Devops Engineer Evernote Corporation Redwood City, CA Jan 11, 2016 $165,000
Lead Devops Engineer Nomis Solutions, Inc. San Bruno, CA Jul 21, 2015 $165,000
Devops Engineer Evernote Corporation Redwood City, CA Nov 01, 2016 $165,000
Senior Devops Engineer Reltio, Inc. CA Jan 10, 2016 $163,000
Senior Devops Engineer Lendingclub Corporation San Francisco, CA Feb 15, 2016 $160,000
Senior Devops Engineer Splunk, Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 07, 2015 $120,390 -
$195,000
SR. Devops Engineer Arimo, Inc. Mountain View, CA Jan 09, 2016 $120,349
Creative Cloud Devops Engineer Adobe Systems Incorporated San Jose, CA May 08, 2016 $120,349
Creative Cloud Devops Enginner Adobe Systems Incorporated San Jose, CA May 19, 2016 $120,349
Associate, Devops Engineer Equilend Holdings LLC New York, NY Aug 23, 2016 $120,224
Senior Devops Engineer McGraw-Hill Global Education LLC Boston, MA Jul 11, 2016 $120,000 -
$140,000
Devops Engineer Operative Media Inc. New York, NY Jan 08, 2016 $120,000 -
$150,000
Devops Engineer Galaxy I Technologies, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA May 09, 2016 $99,000
Devops Engineer Galaxy I Technologies, Inc. West Chester, PA Jan 10, 2016 $99,000
Devops Engineer Galaxy I Technologies, Inc. San Jose, CA Sep 13, 2016 $99,000
Devops Engineer Galaxy I Technologies, Inc. San Jose, CA Sep 09, 2016 $99,000
Devops Engineer (Build Release Mgmt/SCM Engineer/Devops) Galaxy I Technologies, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Feb 09, 2016 $99,000
Devops Engineer Formac Inc. Santa Monica, CA Aug 25, 2015 $98,550
Devops Engineer Galaxy I Technologies, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Nov 25, 2015 $98,400
Devops Engineer Vocera Communications, Inc. San Jose, CA Jul 19, 2016 $98,342 -
$120,349

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Top Skills for A Devops Engineer

  1. Web Application
  2. GIT
  3. Continuous Integration System
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  • Deployed web applications into different application servers using Jenkins.
  • Performed all necessary day-to-day Subversion/GIT support for different projects.
  • Designed and delivered Continuous Integration system using latest and greatest of tools and technology.
  • Deployed and supported Memcache-AWS ElasticCache.
  • Maintained Puppet configuration for EC2 hosting environment.

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