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DevOps Engineer

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

A DevOps Engineer works with software engineers and system operators to develop, build and install new technology systems and manage code releases. Participates in strategic project planning; tracks changes in projects and guides project team work as new systems are deployed. Identifies and fixes problems and provides system maintenance.

Job Outlook

There were 1427 DevOps Engineer job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 38291 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Software Developer / Engineer industry, which includes the DevOps Engineer career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2015:

Salary

Many new DevOps Engineer jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $122,468.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $118,570.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for DevOps Engineer postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $111,361.

Education and Experience

Posted DevOps Engineer jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree1.19%
Bachelor's Degree57.06%
Master's Degree12.47%
Doctoral Degree2.98%
Other2.66%

Posted DevOps Engineer jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years9.38%
3 to 5 years54.75%
6 to 8 years22.02%
9+ years13.85%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills DevOps Engineer positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Troubleshooting (Problem Solving) (31.45%)
  • Communication (28.58%)
  • Management (27.19%)
  • Operations (24.21%)
  • Problem Solving (18.8%)
  • Leadership (10.63%)
  • Mentorship (9.54%)
  • Information Technology (8.62%)
  • Planning (8.29%)
  • Writing (8.16%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • DevOps (91.57%)
  • Amazon Web Services (53.63%)
  • Infrastructure as Code (IaC) (24.11%)
  • CI/CD (52.88%)
  • Ruby (Programming Language) (10.91%)
  • Puppet (Configuration Management Tool) (12.36%)
  • Linux (28.85%)
  • Azure DevOps (17.02%)
  • Git (Version Control System) (25.95%)
  • Python (Programming Language) (51.36%)
  • Jenkins (36.6%)
  • Software Development (25.01%)
  • DevSecOps (17.06%)
  • Computer Science (33.54%)
  • Automation (52.22%)
  • Cloud Infrastructure (13.83%)
  • Agile Methodology (35.19%)
  • Ansible (35.27%)
  • Artifactory (7.39%)
  • Java (Programming Language) (24.17%)
  • Bash (Scripting Language) (25.3%)
  • Continuous Integration (24.72%)
  • Gitlab (14.41%)
  • AWS CloudFormation (14.63%)
  • Microsoft Azure (36.52%)
  • Continuous Delivery (11.98%)
  • Kubernetes (48.2%)
  • Docker (Software) (40.16%)
  • Terraform (41.88%)
  • Scripting (38.14%)
  • Containerization (13.86%)
  • Linux Administration (7.85%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Google Cloud Platform (GCP) (10.87%)
  • Firewall (5.02%)
  • Workflow Management (11.35%)
  • JIRA (13.05%)
  • Operating Systems (8.94%)
  • Test Automation (9.38%)
  • Application Development (6.66%)
  • Windows PowerShell (16.44%)
  • Public Cloud (6.39%)
  • Tooling (11.22%)
  • Cloud-Native Computing (9.23%)
  • SQL (Programming Language) (14.96%)
  • Perl (Programming Language) (8.31%)
  • Configuration Management (17.7%)
  • Software Engineering (20.9%)
  • Go (Programming Language) (12.31%)
  • Unix (10.28%)
  • System Administration (7.35%)
  • Bitbucket (8.21%)
  • Application Programming Interface (API) (9.59%)
  • JavaScript (Programming Language) (12.8%)
  • Amazon S3 (8.13%)
  • Cloud Services (8.14%)
  • Github (18.03%)
  • Splunk (8.69%)
  • Scrum (Software Development) (10.51%)
  • Microservices (13.36%)
  • Node.js (Javascript Library) (5.92%)
  • Virtualization (3.98%)
  • Version Control (16.43%)
  • Scalability (19.46%)
  • Software Development Life Cycle (7.93%)
  • Project Management (5.63%)
  • Debugging (8.8%)
  • Full Stack Development (7.51%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Groovy (Programming Language) (3.39%)
  • Argo CD (2.45%)
  • Grafana (6.22%)
  • Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (10.07%)
  • Chef (Configuration Management Tool) (8.95%)
  • OpenShift (5.72%)
  • Infrastructure Automation (5%)
  • Build Automation (3.65%)
  • SonarQube (5.86%)
  • Prometheus (Software) (5.9%)
  • Datadog (4.61%)
  • Teamcity (1.8%)
  • Nginx (2.69%)
  • Amazon CloudWatch (4.63%)
  • Site Reliability Engineering (5.01%)
  • Elasticsearch (5.34%)
  • Delivery Pipelines (2%)
  • YAML (4.35%)
  • Serverless Computing (3.62%)
  • Gradle (2.69%)
  • Atlassian Bamboo (3.11%)
  • Continuous Deployment (7.13%)

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is listed.

  • Linux (47.86%)
  • Python (Programming Language) (85.2%)

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with DevOps Engineer skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • DevSecOps Engineer
  • Cloud DevOps Engineer
  • Azure DevOps Engineer
  • AWS DevOps Engineer
  • Lead DevOps Engineer
  • DevOps Software Developer
  • Site Reliability DevOps Engineer
  • Kubernetes Engineer
  • DevOps Lead

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most DevOps Engineer jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Capital One (1785)
  • Motion Recruitment (1170)
  • Humana (667)
  • Randstad (610)
  • Leidos (453)
  • Booz Allen Hamilton (407)
  • Cyberark (359)
  • Kforce (343)
  • Matrix Resources (282)
  • Robert Half (277)

North Carolina

  • Randstad (69)
  • Motion Recruitment (40)
  • Humana (40)
  • Reperio Human Capital (34)
  • Zachary Piper Solutions (23)
  • Actalent (19)
  • Matrix Resources (18)
  • Relx (18)
  • Wells Fargo (17)
  • The Matlen Silver Group (17)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!