How to Hire DevOps Engineer
It is extremely hard to both define a DevOps role and hire a DevOps Engineer. DevOps Engineers are competent generalist sysadmins, experienced programmers who understand QA processes, having the necessary vision and technical ability to architect DevOps-friendly infrastructure, all at the same time.
What is DevOps?
DevOps is the combination of cultural philosophies, practices, and tools that increases an organization’s ability to deliver applications and services at high velocity. Transitioning to DevOps requires a change in culture and mindset. At its simplest, DevOps is about removing the barriers between development and operations. Therefore, DevOps is one of the most complex roles and it’s fairly difficult to define it. Not all companies are looking into same experiences, knowledge and skill sets when hiring a DevOps Engineer.
Skills Required for DevOps Role
DevOps is somewhat hard to the tech world. These engineers hold a variety of technical skills, relying on a mixture of business, organizational, and interpersonal abilities to support the team. However, some specific criteria is almost always present during the search of DevOps candidates.
Knowledge of at least one programming language, preferably Back End language. Some of the most popular languages suitable for DevOps Engineer are Python, Ruby, Scala, C/C++. And Go is being frequently used lately.
Scripting languages, such as Bash, Microsoft PowerShell, or Perl are also important for DevOps Engineers.
Strong Linux background
DevOps Engineers create and use a variety of custom tools for automation and CI/CD processes. Some of the most frequently used tools are: Git, Gitlab, Maven, Gradle, Artifactory, SonarQube, Gitlab CI, Jenkins, Docker, Kubernetes, Terraform, Ansible, Consul, Vault, ELK stack, Prometheus, Jaegger, Grafana, Jira, Confluence and many others.These tools are mostly used for Automation – increasing productivity, improving quality, cutting costs.
Continuous Integration, Continuous Delivery (CI/CD) pipeline – Integrating code into a shared repository continuously, which is a development practice that leads to Continuous Delivery.
Soft skills – These skills are incredibly significant, since communication is a very important aspect of this role. It is also not uncommon for DevOps Engineers and professionals to have somewhat odd working hours, because it’s often required to face the problem as soon as it emerges. This is the reason to consider a reliable and adaptable person for this role.
Salary is increasing with age and experience. Those with less than five years’ experience can expect to earn around $58,000, whereas those with more than 20 years’ experience earn a median income of around $123,000.
Their median salaries vary, but are probably in line with what you’d expect the cost of living for these areas to be. Our data shows that remote workers earn around $80.000, in United States this range goes up to $110.000, in Western Europe $70.000, while DevOps Engineers in Serbia usually receive $50.000 annually.
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