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DevOps Engineer

Also goes by: Site Reliability Engineer, Release Engineer, Linux System Administrator, DevOps Architect, Build Engineer, Linux Engineer, Cloud Consultant, Linux System Engineer,

How much will I make?

Salaries can range by location and years of experience, but these are averages for the US.

according to Salary.com

Will I get a job?

Projected job growth is 40% for the period 2020-2030 in the US, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Total Openings
according to comptia.org

Who will I work for?

  • Tech Companies
  • Software Companies
  • E-commerce Companies
  • Consulting Firms

DevOps Engineer’s Daily Activities

No DevOps Engineer works alone! DevOps Engineers spend their days collaborating with designers, other developers, and product or project managers to bring applications to life. Below you will get a sense for what a day-in-the-life of a DevOps Engineer could be:

Collaborate With Your Team Members to Build applications

DevOps Engineers work hand-in-hand with their team members to create applications. In order to do this, you’ll need to have an understanding of a wide variety of skills including Python, Command Line, Cloud Platforms. Collaboration can take many forms, including planning and strategy meetings, design brainstorms, reviews, and pairing.

Code Your application

Much of a DevOps Engineer’s day is spent coding. In practice this means having a development environment set up on one’s computer that allows you to track your progress as you go.

Test Your application

One of the joys of working as a DevOps Engineer is that applications are ALWAYS breaking! As a DevOps Engineer one of your core duties is testing your applications for bugs and errors and working to fix them

How To Become a

DevOps Engineer

It’s absolutely possible to become a DevOps Engineer even if you have no prior experience in tech and no degree. In fact, a career as a DevOps Engineer is one of the best entry level jobs in tech. Read on to learn how to do it!


Learn The Required Skills

First things first, in order to become a DevOps Engineer you have to learn the required tech skills!


Python is a general-purpose coding language—which means it can be used for other types of programming and software development besides web development.

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Command Line

The command line is the opposite of using something like OS X or Windows; no mouse, no icons, nothing but text. It’s a way for you to type commands to your computer and it’s used for all types of things in programming.

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Cloud Platforms

Cloud platforms refer to online services that provide scalable computing resources, storage, and services over the internet, enabling organizations to deploy, manage, and run applications without the need for on-premises infrastructure. The most commonly used cloud platforms are Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud, and Microsoft Azure.

Infrastructure as Code (IaC)

Infrastructure as code (IAC) is the practice of managing infrastructure using code. IAC tools, such as Terraform and Cloudformation, make it possible to create, deploy, and manage infrastructure using code.


Containerization is a technology that allows you to package your application and its dependencies into a single container image. Containerization is a popular choice for deploying web applications, microservices, and other distributed applications. Popular tools include Docker and Kubernetes.


Orchestration refers to coordinating and automating various components or services in a system to achieve a specific workflow or task.


CI/CD is a software development practice that automates the process of building, testing, and deploying code. There are a number of CI/CD tools available, such as Jenkins, CircleCI, and Travis CI.


Git is a distributed version control system that tracks changes in source code during software development, facilitating collaboration among developers and enabling code management across different versions.

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Monitoring and alerting tools

Involves continuously observing systems and applications, detecting anomalies, and sending alerts to address potential issues and ensure optimal performance.

Network Configuration

Network configuration involves setting up and adjusting network settings, such as IP addresses, DNS, and gateways, to enable communication between devices effectively.

Cyber Security

Cybersecurity focuses on protecting computer systems, networks, and data from unauthorized access, attacks, and damage, involving practices and technologies aimed at maintaining the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of digital assets.

Version Control

Version control is the management of changes to documents, source code, or other files, allowing multiple users to collaborate and track revisions, facilitating teamwork and preventing conflicts.

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Build A Portfolio

The best way to demonstrate that you have the necessary skills—especially when you have no prior experience—is with a portfolio of professional quality coding samples.

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Apply For Tech Jobs

Once you’ve learned all the required technical skills and built a killer portfolio, it’s time to dust off that old resume and LinkedIn profile and hit the pavement, or Internet superhighway as it were, in search of your first job as a Front End Developer!

➡️ Prepare Your Resume, LinkedIn, and Portfolio

Although your most valuable asset as you job search is your portfolio, you do have to cross your t’s and dot your i’s and when it comes to the job search that means optimizing your resume and LinkedIn profile. Tech employers expect you to have all three!

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➡️ Build Your Network

Your net worth is in your network, which can be hard when you’re changing careers! But don’t worry, the tech industry is incredibly welcoming to newcomers. Whether you prefer in-person meetups, Slack channels, coffee-over-zoom chats, conferences, hack-a-thons or a little bit of everything, there are tons of opportunities for you to meet fellow techies.

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➡️ Find Good Jobs To Apply For

A good job can be hard to find—or is it? The good news about tech is that there are so many openings at so many diverse companies that your biggest challenge will most likely be keeping up with all the opportunities!

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➡️ Practice Interviewing

Whether you’re a season pro, or brand new to the tech industry: interviewing for a new job is tough! Add to that technical interviews…and you’ve got a recipe for heartburn, practically guaranteed. Luckily there’s an antacid on the market that works every time: practice. Read on for expert guidance on how to prepare for your next tech job interview.

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➡️ Prepare for Technical Tests

Ah the dreaded technical test! Technical tests can come in many different forms: whiteboard tests, pair programming tests, take-home tests, algorithmic tests…just to name a few. Luckily, getting good at technical tests is a skill, just like anything else, and it’s one you can absolutely practice ahead of time.

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