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A Site Reliability Engineer (SRE) is a professional who engineers, alters and maintains software with a particular focus on reliability and performance. SREs work from the standpoint of systems development, as opposed to the operations side. In this role, usability is optimized with the main tool used to solve and prevent issues is available software. SREs are often grouped with DevOps engineers in terms of job functions and while both roles must face any challenge, identify issues, find a solution and uphold system usability, Site Reliability Engineers develop their own platforms and manipulate code as needed to ensure a systems function as needed. Being able to identify reliability issues, as well as the ability to wield a variety of tools to quickly and efficiently implement a solution are key to the daily operations of this role. These professionals often have a background in both systems and software. As experts in many fields, they have a deep understanding of how to use their skills to get the job done most effectively.
Site Reliability Engineers can find a fulfilling career in many industries, particularly those that rely on having an online presence and use electronics for their operations. These professionals can be found in eCommerce, health and wellness companies, the information tech field and finance/insurance firms that use apps, as well as other software. Large scale industries that have hired and even shaped the role of Site Reliability Engineers include Google, Tumblr, Draft Kings and Grubhub. It's a growing role needed by industries in cities across the country.