Is DevOps a good Career choice?

What the Heck is DevOps Anyway?

To understand what DevOps is, you first need to understand one of the most significant problems in software development.

DevOps professional collaborating with other teams, bringing people together to make things happen
DevOps is all about collaboration — bringing ideas together and making the best use of tools available to make things happen.

Popular DevOps Job titles

DevOps is not a stand-alone job title, rather a new way of doing things. As there is so little understanding around the subject, many tech professionals believe that having job titles including the term DevOps could limit their career options. So if you’re looking for this kind of role, these are the job titles to look out for on the job boards:

  • DevOps Engineer
  • Platform Engineer
  • Build Engineer
  • Site Reliability Engineer
  • System Engineer
  • Cyber Security Engineer
  • Product Manager
  • Release Manager
  • Data Analyst
  • QA Lead
  • Automation Architect
  • DevOps Software Developer… Evangelist… Guru… Rockstar…

What Does a DevOps Engineer Do?

OK, so we’ve already established that people who work in this profession may not necessarily be called DevOps Engineers. However, in an attempt to simplify an already complex topic, that’s what we’re going to call them.

  • Project management
  • Designing and improving the IT infrastructure
  • Systems testing
  • Benchmarking
  • Development testing
  • Identifying opportunities for automation
  • Optimising release cycles
  • Monitoring and reporting
  • Maintaining IT security
A human hand and a robotic hand pointing to a computer screen
DevOps looks for opportunities to automate repetitive tasks thus freeing up the time of tech professionals so they can get on with more important tasks.

Technical Tools Used By DevOps Professionals

  • Automation tools such as Selenium, LambdaTest or Eggplant.
  • Source code management/control, with the most popular being Git.
  • Repository hostings such as Azure, Github or Bitbucket.
  • Containerisation software, for example, Docker, AWS or Kubernetes
  • Configuration management such as Chef, Puppet or CFEngine.
  • Monitoring software, e.g. Raygun, Splunk or Appdynamics.
  • Communication and collaboration using Slack or Microsoft Teams.
  • Project management tools such as Trello or Jira.

Skills Required for a Career in DevOps

DevOps Engineers are IT professionals with a broad knowledge of the topic. Careers in this field often begin in Software Development or Operations. Either way, they will also need a good understanding of coding, infrastructure management, systems administration and toolchains.

Technical Skills

Expert DevOps skills on the technical side include IT Security, the ability to understand and write code and a good knowledge of IT infrastructure. Although they may not be expected to perform all technical tasks themselves, they should be able to have detailed conversations with others who will.

Soft Skills

The soft skills required include communication, teamwork, interpersonal skills, collaboration, decision-making, and flexibility.

So Is DevOps a Good Career Choice?

Tech professionals, in general, are in high demand at present. Although the demand for DevOps professionals is exceptionally high, some say that it will be the most in-demand job of the future.

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DevOps encompasses many elements of IT.

A Few Final Thoughts

This is by no means an entry-level job, but more of a long term IT career goal. That said, if you started your IT career with ambitions of achieving this sought after role, it’s unlikely you would ever be out of a job. Or, for that matter, suffer from career boredom!

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Rachael. Adria Solutions

Rachael. Adria Solutions

Hi there! I’m Rachael, Marketing Manager at Adria Solutions Ltd. Read more about me here: https://www.adriasolutions.co.uk/blog