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Reliability Engineer

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

A Reliability Engineer evaluates and analyzes the reliability of manufacturing and production equipment and processes. Identifies pro-active maintenance requirements and process improvements. Works to maximize reliable performance and prevent equipment or process failures.

Job Outlook

There were 660 Reliability Engineer job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 20154 in the United States.

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

Salary

Many new Reliability 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 $122,249.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $119,005.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Reliability Engineer postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $102,960.

Education and Experience

Posted Reliability 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 Degree2.81%
Bachelor's Degree67.97%
Master's Degree21.92%
Doctoral Degree3.99%
Other2.72%

Posted Reliability 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 years13.76%
3 to 5 years50.84%
6 to 8 years20.19%
9+ years15.21%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Reliability 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.

  • Reliability (44.72%)
  • Operations (36.38%)
  • Troubleshooting (Problem Solving) (32.83%)
  • Communication (32.59%)
  • Management (31.29%)
  • Problem Solving (25%)
  • Leadership (18.83%)
  • Planning (13.47%)
  • Resilience (13.24%)
  • Innovation (11.04%)

Defining Skills

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

  • Python (Programming Language) (36.94%)
  • Automation (38.82%)
  • Grafana (11.11%)
  • Reliability Engineering (38.83%)
  • Observability (17.32%)
  • Computer Science (27.3%)
  • Prometheus (Software) (9.17%)
  • Site Reliability Engineering (50.56%)
  • Kubernetes (26.79%)
  • Failure Analysis (7.27%)

Necessary Skills

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

  • New Product Development (7.5%)
  • Failure Causes (8.23%)
  • Preventive Maintenance (5.53%)
  • Jenkins (12.2%)
  • Infrastructure as Code (IaC) (12.35%)
  • IT Capacity Management (9.42%)
  • Public Cloud (7.95%)
  • Electrical Engineering (9.92%)
  • Predictive Maintenance (7.88%)
  • Git (Version Control System) (7.35%)
  • Bash (Scripting Language) (11.48%)
  • Debugging (9.67%)
  • Operating Systems (7.22%)
  • CI/CD (18.72%)
  • DevOps (21.94%)
  • Docker (Software) (15.87%)
  • Configuration Management (9.53%)
  • Auditing (7.1%)
  • Failure Mode And Effects Analysis (6.92%)
  • Microservices (7.36%)
  • Splunk (12.12%)
  • Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) (6.19%)
  • Agile Methodology (12.58%)
  • Root Cause Analysis (20.59%)
  • Mechanical Engineering (8.63%)
  • JavaScript (Programming Language) (7.42%)
  • Microsoft Azure (16.77%)
  • Scripting (18.87%)
  • Asset Management (3.03%)
  • SAP Applications (4.73%)
  • Software Engineering (14.84%)
  • Go (Programming Language) (11.67%)
  • Project Management (10.02%)
  • Ruby (Programming Language) (7.75%)
  • Linux (20.04%)
  • Data Analysis (10.63%)
  • Ansible (15.91%)
  • Terraform (21.22%)
  • Application Programming Interface (API) (7.69%)
  • Tooling (10.66%)
  • Scalability (20.07%)
  • Software Development (13.45%)
  • Windows PowerShell (8.16%)
  • Java (Programming Language) (18.6%)
  • Amazon Web Services (28.07%)
  • Systems Engineering (11.87%)
  • Cloud Infrastructure (7.38%)
  • SQL (Programming Language) (10.41%)
  • Continuous Improvement Process (8.4%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Reliability Testing (4.6%)
  • Condition Monitoring (1.87%)
  • Fault Tree Analysis (3.33%)
  • Chef (Configuration Management Tool) (5.2%)
  • New Relic (SaaS) (4.89%)
  • Appdynamics (3.91%)
  • Failure Mode Effects And Criticality Analysis (FMECA) (3.56%)
  • Reliability Analysis (4.51%)
  • Thermography (2.7%)
  • Service Level Objectives (4.84%)
  • Mean Time Between Failures (3.14%)
  • Dynatrace (6.16%)
  • Datadog (7.88%)

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.

  • Chef (Configuration Management Tool) (7.6%)
  • Observability (25.32%)
  • Site Reliability Engineering (73.91%)
  • Computer Science (39.9%)
  • Fault Tree Analysis (4.87%)
  • Failure Mode Effects And Criticality Analysis (FMECA) (5.2%)
  • Python (Programming Language) (53.99%)
  • Prometheus (Software) (13.4%)
  • Datadog (11.52%)
  • Kubernetes (39.16%)
  • Dynatrace (9%)

Alternative Job Titles

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

  • Site Reliability Engineer
  • Lead Site Reliability Engineer
  • Staff Site Reliability Engineer
  • Cloud Site Reliability Engineer
  • Systems Reliability Engineer
  • Electrical Reliability Engineer
  • Service Reliability Engineer
  • Reliability Engineering Manager
  • Site Reliability Engineering Manager

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 Reliability Engineer jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Oracle (294)
  • Cyberark (273)
  • Zt Systems (266)
  • JPMorgan Chase (217)
  • Raytheon Technologies (206)
  • Boeing (181)
  • Ford (170)
  • SpaceX (168)
  • Humana (168)
  • Cox Automotive (162)

North Carolina

  • Wells Fargo (20)
  • Cisco (17)
  • Fidelity Investments (15)
  • Baxter International (13)
  • MetLife (12)
  • Motion Recruitment (11)
  • General Electric (11)
  • TE Connectivity (10)
  • Novo Nordisk (7)
  • Relx (7)

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!