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What Is a Site Reliability Engineer and How to Become One

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What Is a Site Reliability Engineer?

A site reliability engineer specializes in site reliability engineering, or SRE, a specific branch of operations first pioneered by Google. You are responsible for ensuring that when a website decides to scale a particular feature for various users to access, it does not break the underlying software or website functions. This means you need to use analytical problem-solving skills to determine how to make specific features on a new software release work on top of existing source code.

How to Become a Site Reliability Engineer

To become a site reliability engineer, you need to have signification qualifications. A bachelor’s degree in computer science or IT is often necessary. In addition to educational requirements, you should have career experience in DevOps or software engineering, data storage and security, and familiarity with a number of job-specific tools, such as Jira, Confluence, and Splunk. Along with your coding and technical skills, you should have good verbal and written communication and the ability to be a team player.

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