DevOps Engineer

Explore the day-to-day job duties, required skills, and average earnings of a DevOps engineer. Discover statistics surrounding employment growth, job opportunities, average weekly hours and main industries of employment.

Overview

DevOps, a term combining “development and operations”, is a software development strategy that aims to merge the processes between software development and IT operations. The desired outcome is a more agile, collaborative work relationship between the two teams, allowing companies to release regular product updates at a faster rate than those using the traditional “waterfall” development method.

DevOps engineers thus perform as “middle-men” between these departments, ensuring product updates are worked on and released as efficiently and productively as possible. Much of their role involves working with software developers, system admins and operations staff to facilitate, maintain, and improve this development process.

Employment for IT application developers is expected to grow very strongly in the next five years – with a projected 23.4% job growth, according to SEEK statistics.

Key Skills

  • A strong understanding of project management, with the ability to lead teams through the how’s, why’s, what’s, and when’s of a project
  • Strong knowledge of common security concerns and best security practices
  • Skills in software automation to enhance development processes
  • Ability to design and improve core infrastructure to ensure high levels of productivity
  • Excellent problem-solving skills for improving or creating new work processes
  • Strong leadership and interpersonal skills for liaising with multiple stakeholders; and inspiring collaboration between all members of a project

Quick Facts

DevOps engineers can find work in most regions of Australia, with New South Wales and Victoria currently holding the largest share of workers. Weekly salary potential is currently higher ($2,003) than the all job average ($1,460) with plenty of opportunity for full-time work.

Salary Range

$66,000 – $133,000 (Median: $101,000)*

*Source: Payscale

Average Weekly Hours

41 hours (vs. all jobs average of 44 hours)*

*Source: Job Outlook

Main Industries

Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services; Financial and Insurance Services; and Public Administration and Safety

Most Common Qualification Level

55.9% hold a Bachelor’s Degree

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*Sources: payscale.com.au and joboutlook.gov.au – All information is to be used as a guide only, and are accurate at the time of publication.