What skills does a DevOps engineer need to have?
- Solid understanding of programming languages such as C++ and Java
- Ability to work with cloud computing platforms and structures
- Competence using a range of different configuration management tools
- Ability to implement and operate monitoring systems and continuous integration tools
- A good knowledge of big data concepts and analytics, and an ability to derive insights and act upon these insights
- A knowledge of a number of operating systems and content management platforms
- High-level understanding and knowledge of business operations
- A proactive attitude and self-starter approach to keeping on top of changes in the field
- Leadership skills to rally other employees on the way to completing operational and developmental goals
- Interpersonal skills to work closely with a number of teams from different departments
- Communication skills to deliver key information and feedback for other employees to act upon
- Thinking strategically and staying one step ahead of the curve on the way to achieving an optimised digital landscape for the organisation
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Who does a DevOps engineer report to?
As we have discussed above, a DevOps engineer needs to be a highly responsible individual. They will be carrying out many of their duties autonomously, which means they may be expected to work with little external input or direction.
However, the DevOps engineer will still need to report to managers above them in the organisation. In larger organisations, with a number of tiers of management, this may be a team of managers specifically tasked to oversee development operations. However, in smaller-scale operations, DevOps engineers may find themselves reporting directly to the highest levels of management, or even to the business owner.
The DevOps engineer will also need to work with development and operational teams at the same level in the hierarchy, and report data findings and other insights.
What qualifications do Devops engineers need?
The role of a DevOps engineer is a highly technical one, and also a highly responsible one, existing at the convergence of development and management. As such, most successful candidates will be educated at least to bachelor's degree level. Usually, this degree will be in information technology, computer science, or a related field.
A master's degree in a computing field will also be helpful and may secure a better position and salary, although this is not always necessary. Additional experience in software development, and a practical knowledge of the skills involved in this, will also make the candidate more employable.
What is the career path for a DevOps engineer?
- Junior DevOps
- Junior DevOps engineer
- Development assistant
- Operations assistant
- Junior digital analyst
- DevOps engineer
- DevOps manager
- Senior DevOps engineer
- Lead DevOps engineer
- Head of DevOps
- DevOps director
How much does a DevOps engineer earn?
The average salary for a DevOps engineer in Australia is $112,000, as of February 2020. Entry level DevOps engineering roles earn $75-$90k, ranging up to $200k plus for senior management positions. Of course, this is subject to experience and level of qualification.
This salary guide is a compilation of salary and market information provided by Hudson consultants, clients, candidates and other sources across Australia. Information was gathered by drawing on the extensive knowledge of our specialist recruitment consultants across Hudson's specialist practice groups. Salary ranges are approximate guides only.
They relate to base salaries and exclude superannuation/bonuses/incentive schemes/stock options.