DevOps engineers are responsible for introducing processes, methodologies and tools that make the software development cycle run more smoothly. In addition, they need the technical and interpersonal skills to cut across company silos and foster collaboration. That makes making the right hiring decision particularly important. A poor hiring decision can lead to setbacks, low-quality code, and wasted time. Here we unpack everything they want from their next job.
What skills does a DevOps engineer need?
DevOps engineers play a role in helping development teams become more productive and improve the software development process. Here are the core skills to look out for when looking for top DevOps engineers:
- Deploying applications and services using containerisation and orchestration technologies, such as Docker and Kubernetes.
- Creating continuous integration/continuous delivery (CI/CD) pipelines with tools such as Gitlab and Github Actions.
- Infrastructure-as-Code (IaC) tools such as Terraform, Ansible or Chef, or directly with the cloud providers such as AWS CDK, Azure Resource Manager, and Google Deployment Manager.
- Cloud platforms, such as Amazon Web Service, Google Cloud Platform and Microsoft Azure.
- Sysadmin fundamentals.
- Mastery of *nix (Linux, macOS, FreeBSD) and/or Windows shells.
- Version control systems, such as Git.
- Networking and security principles.
- Agile methodologies
DevOps engineers on OfferZen typically have at least 4-6 years of experience, and 43.7% are at the senior level.