Which career choice is better DevOps vs Data Science?

Asked by Nana Rai over 1 year ago

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paul larsenee

paul larsenee

Head of Capital Markets at Williams Trading, LLC

It depends on what grounds you are asking. Like if you are asking for better earnings, the answer may differ in comparison to the better scope in the career. I’m not making this confusing but rather trying to tell you that you should see all the aspects. For example, answering the best  profession in the world is not possible.

If we look differently, DevOps is a more niche area, don't you think? I mean it's possible that you can switch your career after a few years of experience but how much can it really be? DevOps is all about automations and unification of processes. The professionals in this area are very talented in application maintenance, code combination, management etc., and this is precisely why they are paid very handsomely. Like if you have a limited number of experts, obviously their demand will be high.

In general, a DevOps Engineer annual salary in a country like the USA can be somewhere around $125,000. It is equivalent to around 95 lakhs. Plus they earn cash compensation as an additional income. This makes them one of the highest paid professionals in the world. But as I mentioned, this comes with a dedicated area of work and niche knowledge and skills.

On the other hand, if you look at the data scone it is a different story. However, this subject also asks for great press and good scientific knowledge, data science is a much wider area than DevOps Engineering. You can basically get a job in multiple sectors with a data science degree and experience. Plus the jobs in data science are widespread and valued almost everywhere. The average earnings of a data scientist is somewhere around 75 lakhs per annum.

When you look at the figures, both of the professions are well-paid. However in terms of score, data science is definitely the better one. Also, it is currently #3 professions in almost all major countries now. So if you want relevancy and a wider career, I suggest going for data science.

However, if you like to work in a more niche area and want to earn potentially more, DevOps is the better choice. Just keep in mind that switching professions in DevOps will affect your earnings and position in the industry.

The easiest  procedure for a  career in DevOps or say data science is a master program abroad. The colleges in USA, UK and Canada are quite connected with the industry itself and offer you needed knowledge and network to launch yourself in the industry. If you are interested, let me know how I can help.


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