Not a long time ago, the job title ″DevOps engineer″ didn't exist, but within the past few years, the title has grown rapidly in popularity – LinkedIn declared it one of the most-recruited roles in 2018.
Now, despite the COVID pandemic and the resulting economic slowdown, hiring managers are looking to hire even more DevOps talent and engineers with Cloud expertise. Technology organizations continue adding this role to their roster in 2021 making DevOps engineers one of the highest-paying remote jobs in the market! This is important news for engineers interested in picking up new skills that will make them more attractive to hiring managers and increase their earning potential.
But what is DevOps exactly from a hiring perspective?
DevOps engineers are the bridge between software development, infrastructure, and deployment. But the definition may change from client to client. Since this role is relatively new in the IT world, we noticed that each company interprets them a bit differently. Some see DevOps more like ″old-fashioned″ network administrators. Some assign responsibilities to manage deployment and orchestration systems, such as Jenkins, TeamCity, AWS pipelines, GitLab, and others. Most clients see DevOps primarily as Cloud configuration engineers, embracing all the above as secondary responsibilities responsibility.
We always clarify with our clients the actual set of duties and responsibilities for a DevOps engineer to make sure we understand the client’s definition. We clarify the list of tasks, types of systems, and stacks the DevOps expected to be working on. When there is full clarity - it attracts candidates because they can see concrete details that are written in their technical language.
DevOps integrates the software development with the infrastructure and creates an automated workflow, focusing on delivering fast, with high quality, and maintaining system stability. They should not be confused with Site Reliability Engineers (SREs), which are mostly focusing on monitoring the environments such as production and establishing the metrics, creating telemetry, setting up thresholds for alarms.
While maintaining responsibilities regarding coding and scripting/automating, the main focus of DevOps is on the process and on guaranteeing the continuous motion of the development cycle. These professionals work across departments and help to find where the software automation and deployment is inefficient and ensure that these areas are configured properly to help software development teams proceed.
So, DevOps is now a corporate term and is here to stay. The future career potential is bright and increasing day by day. More and more companies use Clouds such as AWS, GCP, and Azure — from startups to enterprises. It has a direct impact on business metrics.
To sum up, DevOps is a practice that requires a cultural change in some old big enterprises, new management principles, and the usage of technology tools. A DevOps engineer is in the center of migration to the Cloud and must have a broad set of skills to facilitate this change. DevOps becomes the norm in every organization. Over the last five years, tens of thousands of organizations have adopted DevOps in their teams' composition. Yet biggest enterprises will need entire teams of DevOps engineers to manage and improve their infrastructure and maintain the software development lifecycle.