How to Become a DevOps Engineer

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Although DevOps is one of the fastest growing careers in information technology today, there is savage competition for the steadily growing number of positions in the field. DevOps is a complicated philosophy, but can be understood as a focus to automate a company’s information technology infrastructure while managing and deploying new system frameworks. To put it broadly, to become a DevOps engineer, you will need to have experience in software development and deployment as well as system operations management.


DevOps is a portmanteau of development and operations. The term first became popular at a small tech conference in Gent, Belgium and has since become a part of high-tech parlance. DevOps refers to a practice that emphasizes collaboration between software developers and other information-technology (IT) professionals while automating the process of software delivery and infrastructure changes. DevOps is achieved through processes, tools, and automation, but, even more than that, through a change in organizational culture. DevOps requires strong teams, transparency, and communication between departments. Everyone is involved throughout the software creation process and, therefore, everyone gains a sense of ownership over the final product.

What trends in DevOps world can we expect in incoming 2019? Here is a list of ‘DevOps: Five Trends for 2019 and Beyond ‘by Greg Baker from Pythian:

  • DevOps Will Finally Become Mainstream
  • Executives Are Getting On Board
  • Security Is Becoming a Priority
  • The Pipeline Is Maturing
  • Kubernetes Is King

5 Key focus areas to be a great DevOps Engineer:

  • Knowing different DevOps tools like AWS, Puppet, GitHub, Kubernetes, Docker, Chef, Ansible, Terraform, JIRA, Slack etc.
  • Knowing the basic concepts on DevOps and getting into the mindset of automating almost everything
  • Org-wide Ops mindset
  • Being a scripting guru: Power shell, Perl, Bash, Ruby, Python, JavaScript, etc. in order to write code to automated repeatable processes.
  • End-to-end collaboration and helping others solve the issues

How to Become DevOps Engineer – Soft Skills Also Matter

Apart from hard, collaborate, DevOps Engineer should also possess the ability to multi-task, tech skills, and always put the customer first. Here they come:

  • Empathy & curiosity: According to Sigler, empathy, and curiosity are perhaps two of the most valuable soft-skill traits a potential DevOps engineer can demonstrate.
  • Customer-first mindset: a great DevOps engineer always cares about delivering value to customers and wants to understand and measure how their work is moving the pointer, said Omri Gazitt, chief product officer at Puppet.
  • Flexibility: keeping a cool head, juggling fluid workloads and remaining flexible are one of the keys to success in the DevOps Engineer role.
  • Communication & collaboration: being able to communicate successfully with different stakeholders and understand the current challenges and the ‘big picture’ in the organization is the first step to being able to build a strategy to implement culture shifts.
  • Decision making: in a busy environment, the ability to make the right decision rapidly, while keeping in mind the big picture goals, is extremely wise trait employers are looking for in DevOps engineers.
  • Big picture thinking: because DevOps combines the needs wants and of applications and multidisciplinary teams, a successful DevOps engineer can’t lose sight of the big picture for DevOps and digital transformation at the enterprise level—especially in a large organization, said Gidron.

The Life of a DevOps Engineer

One who achieves the exact requirements to become a DevOps engineer can expect to be greatly rewarded. Because of the shortage of talent, it is not unusual for salaries of $200,000 or more to be offered to team leaders. Even junior team members with only six months of experience can expect anything between $80-90,000 in payment. Experts working as consultants can expect even higher rates of remuneration.

The job can be stressful at times, but Job satisfaction is high and companies lean to give special treatment to engineers who prove to be unusual in order to keep them from going elsewhere. It’s never been a better or more profitable time to consider DevOps as a career change or career path.


Well as we said earlier, it’s indeed a long and difficult journey in gaining expertise in DevOps and it will be more difficult for fresher’s and people with no operations nor development experience. But once you have started working hands-on the said tools and process and start to work on live projects where DevOps is being implemented, you will be gaining good knowledge and will be able to build your skill in it. Even though it’s very important to become strong in culture and DevOps principles, in the end for a person or the team implementing or bringing DevOps into practice you need both the right tools and the correct process to be working together very well.

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