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What Does a DevOps Engineer Do?

DevOps Engineers are responsible for development operations and system operations in the enterprise. DevOps Engineers are primarily concerned with automation and continuous deployment in application delivery, making them important in most phases of the software development lifecycle.

Key Traits of a DevOps Engineer

Detail Oriented

DevOps Engineers often wear multiple hats in an organization and must understand a variety of systems necessary to drive development efficiency.


DevOps Engineers work collaboratively with development, QA, and security teams to achieve business objectives.


DevOps Engineers must be able to anticipate, identify, and resolve availability issues before they cause adverse business impact.

Day-to-Day Expectations and Responsibilities

Design and develop systems and processes that support highly available, scalable, fault-tolerant software deployments

esign, develop, and deploy tools and frameworks to improve and automate software releases

Build and maintain the environments and processes that create efficiencies for developers

Partner with QA to test application resiliency and gauge readiness for software releases

Automate provisioning of infrastructure and code by leveraging the latest in configuration management tools and containers

Partner with Security Engineering to ensure security and compliance across enterprise environments

DevOps Engineer Target Skill Set

Technical Skill Set:
  • UNIX / Linux Operating systems and Bash scripting
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  • Ability to design, develop, and maintain CI/CD environments
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  • Configuration management tools including Ansible, Puppet, or Chef
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  • Programming languages such as Perl, Python, Ruby, C++, and Java
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  • Containerization tools and techniques
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Non-Technical Skill Set:

  • Attention to detail and dedication to quality

  • Ability to work independently and cross-functionally with other members of the team

  • Ability to communicate both good news and bad with urgency