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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 1591 DevOps Engineer job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 42939 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 $119,159.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $116,291.

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 $108,103.

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 Degree0%
Bachelor's Degree57.51%
Master's Degree15.25%
Doctoral Degree2.64%
Other2.2%

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 years9.87%
3 to 5 years53.45%
6 to 8 years22.56%
9+ years14.12%

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) (39.05%)
  • Communication (33.37%)
  • Management (29.84%)
  • Operations (29.39%)
  • Problem Solving (23.28%)
  • Leadership (13.23%)
  • Resilience (10.15%)
  • Information Technology (10.11%)
  • Innovation (9.61%)
  • Planning (8.72%)

Defining Skills

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

  • DevSecOps (15.87%)
  • Chef (Configuration Management Tool) (9.79%)
  • Go (Programming Language) (13.23%)
  • Site Reliability Engineering (26.16%)
  • Git (Version Control System) (25.75%)
  • Ruby (Programming Language) (9.72%)
  • Puppet (Configuration Management Tool) (13.47%)
  • Amazon Web Services (53.93%)
  • Java (Programming Language) (26.04%)
  • Agile Methodology (31.96%)
  • Infrastructure as Code (IaC) (27.74%)
  • Automation (59.66%)
  • AWS CloudFormation (15.6%)
  • Continuous Integration (23.36%)
  • Software Development (25.54%)
  • Microsoft Azure (35.63%)
  • Cloud Infrastructure (15.41%)
  • Bash (Scripting Language) (25.27%)
  • Linux (32.43%)
  • Continuous Delivery (11.52%)
  • Python (Programming Language) (55.6%)
  • Computer Science (40.51%)
  • Containerization (16.21%)
  • Github (18.88%)
  • DevOps (79.49%)
  • Prometheus (Software) (9.92%)
  • Scalability (25.66%)
  • Grafana (11.27%)
  • Observability (11.45%)
  • Ansible (35.46%)
  • CI/CD (54.35%)
  • Gitlab (15.59%)
  • Datadog (7.54%)
  • Jenkins (34.78%)
  • Kubernetes (51.74%)
  • Docker (Software) (39.75%)
  • Scripting (39.11%)
  • Terraform (44.94%)
  • Artifactory (7.55%)

Necessary Skills

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

  • Workflow Management (12.63%)
  • Cloud Services (10.84%)
  • Cloud-Native Computing (6.87%)
  • Google Cloud Platform (GCP) (9.67%)
  • Azure DevOps (16.08%)
  • JavaScript (Programming Language) (11.66%)
  • Amazon S3 (8.43%)
  • Test Automation (8.56%)
  • C# (Programming Language) (6.62%)
  • Application Programming Interface (API) (10.65%)
  • Systems Engineering (9.09%)
  • Software As A Service (SaaS) (8.1%)
  • JIRA (12.67%)
  • Perl (Programming Language) (6.54%)
  • Software Development Life Cycle (8.52%)
  • Unix (9.25%)
  • Configuration Management (19.27%)
  • System Administration (8.6%)
  • Operating Systems (10.93%)
  • Version Control (15.94%)
  • PostgreSQL (6.69%)
  • Node.js (Javascript Library) (6.46%)
  • Debugging (10.64%)
  • Public Cloud (8.34%)
  • Software Engineering (21.24%)
  • Scrum (Software Development) (10.5%)
  • Programming Languages (8.61%)
  • Root Cause Analysis (7.48%)
  • Windows PowerShell (17.91%)
  • SQL (Programming Language) (13.64%)
  • Splunk (12.32%)
  • Tooling (13.39%)
  • Bitbucket (7.74%)
  • Microservices (13.48%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Infrastructure Automation (5.89%)
  • Application Deployment (6.04%)
  • Serverless Computing (3.95%)
  • Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (9.85%)
  • Build Automation (3.7%)
  • Elasticsearch (5.03%)
  • Groovy (Programming Language) (3.13%)
  • Gradle (2.99%)
  • OpenShift (6.54%)
  • Fault Tolerance (2.92%)
  • Linux Administration (4.79%)
  • Redis (3.48%)
  • New Relic (SaaS) (4.09%)
  • Build Tools (3.69%)
  • Amazon CloudWatch (5.86%)
  • Circleci (2.33%)
  • Product Family Engineering (3.34%)
  • SonarQube (6.16%)
  • Argo CD (2.91%)
  • Continuous Deployment (7.08%)
  • YAML (4.35%)
  • Dynatrace (5.59%)
  • Teamcity (1.93%)

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.

  • Argo CD (3.36%)
  • Chef (Configuration Management Tool) (11.31%)
  • Go (Programming Language) (15.28%)
  • Git (Version Control System) (29.75%)
  • Ruby (Programming Language) (11.22%)
  • Containerization (18.73%)
  • Linux (37.46%)
  • Fault Tolerance (3.37%)
  • Gradle (3.45%)
  • Prometheus (Software) (11.46%)
  • YAML (5.03%)
  • Scripting (45.18%)
  • Grafana (13.02%)
  • Kubernetes (59.78%)
  • Amazon CloudWatch (6.77%)
  • Terraform (51.91%)
  • Docker (Software) (45.92%)
  • Jenkins (40.19%)
  • Artifactory (8.72%)

Alternative Job Titles

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

  • Site Reliability Engineer
  • DevSecOps Engineer
  • Cloud DevOps Engineer
  • Azure DevOps Engineer
  • AWS DevOps Engineer
  • Lead DevOps Engineer
  • Site Reliability DevOps Engineer
  • Staff Site Reliability Engineer
  • DevOps Infrastructure Engineer

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

  • Motion Recruitment (1105)
  • Humana (737)
  • Cyberark (679)
  • Oracle (571)
  • Randstad (476)
  • Leidos (452)
  • Booz Allen Hamilton (449)
  • SitusAMC (399)
  • Capital One (397)
  • Ford (377)

North Carolina

  • Motion Recruitment (53)
  • Reperio Human Capital (46)
  • Randstad (45)
  • Humana (42)
  • Allegis Group (25)
  • Cisco (22)
  • Zachary Piper Solutions (21)
  • Actalent (19)
  • Fidelity Investments (19)
  • Wells Fargo (19)

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!