In the last few years, DevOps has evolved from being just a “buzzword” to a mainstream practice in the IT world. According to Statista, as more and more organizations are adopting DevOps, there has been a 17% increase in 2018 from only 10% in 2017.
Furthermore, the 2019 State of DevOps Report by Puppet Labs shows a positive trend in the global adoption of DevOps.
This, in turn, has spurred the demand for skilled DevOps professionals, who are among the highest-paid IT professionals today. Tech giants like Oracle, Barclays, Accenture, Tech Mahindra, TCS, IBM, Wipro, Facebook, to name a few, are always seeking professionals with DevOps skills. Even e-commerce companies like Target, Amazon, eBay, etc. are readily adopting DevOps, thereby creating plenty of employment opportunities for DevOps professionals. The top roles in DevOps include DevOps Architect, DevOps Engineer, DevOps manager, Security Engineer, Automation Engineer, and Release manager. Read on how an online course on DevOps can kickstart your career.
What does it take to be a DevOps Engineer?
At its core, the concept of DevOps seeks to combine and integrate the development and operations sides of software development into one continuous process. It encompasses the features of agile development, continuous integration, and continuous delivery, while also focusing on encouraging collaboration across the various IT departments (development, operations, support, and management teams).
A DevOps Engineer is an IT professional with expertise in DevOps. These professionals have an extensive understanding of the software development life cycle (SLDC) and are adept in using a host of engineering tools and processes to solve complex operations challenges. Typically, DevOps Engineers have to juggle with different tasks, including coding, integrating, and testing – all aimed to enhance collaboration between teams and boost the development process.
As for the educational requirements, a DevOps Engineer must at least have a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science/Information Technology or any other related discipline. Apart from this, a strong foundational knowledge of data center migrations is beneficial. Other skills that a DevOps Engineer should possess are – SQL, Linux, Unix, MySQL, Python, Java, MongoDB, Puppet, Maven, Crucible, Jenkins, Software Configuration Management, and Cloud services (AWS/ Rackspace, Docker, OpenShift, etc.).
While the job role of a DevOps Engineer usually demands around 2-5 years of work experience in DevOps platforms, senior-level positions like that of a DevOps Architect/Manager, require at least 10-12 years of DevOps experience.
Some of the most in-demand skills of a DevOps Engineer are:
- Excellent technical understanding of cloud infrastructure services like Azure, AWS, etc.
- In-depth knowledge and working experience in compute virtualization, automation, and DevOps methodologies.
- Proficiency in environment management (Linux/Unix, Windows, Shell Scripting, Ansible, Chef, Puppet, etc.)
- Proficiency in coding and experience in Software-Defined Data Centers maintenance.
- Proficiency in writing and maintaining deployment scripts.
- Expertise in managing nodes and diagnosing application services and server/ network issues.
DevOps Engineer – Salary Scale
Going by Glassdoor’s salary statistics, the average annual salary of a DevOps Engineer in India is around Rs 6,40,600. PayScale maintains that the average annual wage of a DevOps Engineer is Rs 6,66,232. So, we can easily conclude that the salary of DevOps Engineers in India is much higher than their other IT counterparts.
The salary is usually higher for candidates who have a greater number of DevOps skills, advanced DevOps certifications, and of course, more work experience in the domain. However, the salary may also vary according to locations and company reputation. For example, the average annual salary of a DevOps Engineer in Accenture and TCS is Rs. 6,19,470 and Rs. 5,06,900 respectively. As for IBM, Cognizant, and Capgemini, the annual salaries for this role are Rs. 4,51,508, Rs. 4,78,000, and Rs. 5,04,089, respectively. Senior-level roles (in reputed companies) in this domain can bag an annual salary package of over Rs. 10,00,000 LPA. For instance, a DevOps Engineer at Amazon can earn as high as Rs. 11,56,215 per year.
Overall, the career outlook and salary prospects for DevOps Engineers in India looks highly promising. As an increasing number of Indian IT companies are adopting DevOps, it is not only increasing the demand for DevOps skills but is also encouraging more aspirants to pursue DevOps.