21 Jul

7 Critical Skills Every DevOps Engineer Needs

Posted by John Brandwagt

It’s safe to say one of the most rapidly growing professions in the IT world is the position of the DevOps engineer. The world has gone digital. It’s constantly changing and adjusting to meet the needs of many industries and consumers. Essentially, customers want a flawless experience in the digital space that will leave them happy with their user experience.


This makes the mission of the DevOps engineer a forever-changing landscape of developing and operating systems that work— and will continue to work.

So, what are the critical skills every DevOps needs to succeed?

1. Containers

Containers have come to the forefront of DevOps technology, making them one of the most desirable assets for a DevOps engineer to have on a resume. Containers allow developers to create applications and deploy them to servers from the convenience of a laptop. This tool is rapidly changing the way apps are created, operated, and shipped.

Due to a container’s ability to provide a precise and controlled environment to build within, it is quickly becoming one of the most used advances in DevOps technology.

Becoming acquainted with containers might be the difference between getting hired and getting passed over.

2. SysAdmin

Top DevOps engineers need to be able to administer servers in their sleep. The greater your knowledge of both Windows and Linux Administrator, the more likely it is you’ll be an asset. Automating server deployments is a problem in most IT shops; being skilled in SysAdmin will work in your favour.

3. Fluency in Web Languages  

A great DevOps candidate should also be a scripting guru. You need to be fluent in languages like Ruby, Python, Java, and PHP. DevOps professionals must be able to write code to automate repeatable processes.

Writing code shouldn’t be a challenge; in fact, you should be open and eager to learning new skills and increasing your competencies.

4. Soft Skills

While technical skills are vital, so are soft skills. DevOps professionals must have excellent oral communication skills; they’re often explaining complex situations to people who aren’t familiar with the intricacies of IT.

Further, adaptability allows them to pick up new jobs quickly and transfer their skills to different areas when needed.

Speaking code is important, but having emotional intelligence is also key. Having an understanding of human behaviour makes a DevOps employee a better team player.

5. Continuous Integration Tools

Continuous integration is a DevOps methodology that continually merges source code updates from all developers on a specific software build, notifying the team of any failures in the process. This real-time window into the development software allows constant engagement of all team members. As a DevOps engineer, you should be familiar with Jenkins, Bamboo, Hudson ThoughtWorks, and other tools if you want to get ahead.

6. Technical and Humanized Problem Solving

A successful DevOps engineer needs to be a problem solver, both in the cloud and in real life. Often, there are multiple engineers working on the same project. When problems arise, a solution needs to be found within the software and within the team.

Having problem-solving skills will help you solve problems in several settings, making you a bigger asset to the team.

7. Passion

At the end of the day, nothing can beat a candidate who loves his or her job and cares about the work. This passion often defines a good candidate, and it’s an irreplaceable asset that will never be overlooked, even in the world of digital clouds and coding.

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John Brandwagt

John is a Practice Leader at Inteqna. He’s been working in IT Search in Calgary since 1997. He works best with selective job seekers—those who excel at what they do and enjoy their current jobs. Since they don’t have time to look for themselves, he helps them find their dream jobs. From a client perspective, he helps organizations find the talent that will propel their business. John is involved in several of Calgary’s technical user groups and has held board roles in non-profit groups. He is a single dad of four boys who try to beat him at every physical activity from hiking to rugby.

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