What is a Data Engineer?

        As there are incredibly sophisticated means of gaining a wide range of data about every aspect of a business and its functions, data engineers have become very important and numerous roles. Data engineers develop and build data products to then integrate them into existing business processes and systems. This can include AI analytics or machine learning. Data acquisition, data transformation, data migration, data verification, data modelling, and data mining processes can also fall under their remit.

        What Skills Do Data Engineers Need?

        Anyone who wishes to become a data engineer will need a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in any of the following:

        • Computer science
        • Software or computer engineering
        • Applied maths
        • Physics
        • Statistics

        Due to the technical nature of this role, other hard skills include:

        • Knowledge of basic data engineering
        • Programming skills in languages such as Python and Java
        • Solid understanding of operating systems
        • Knowledge of SQL and NoSQL
        • Data Warehousing including Hadoop, MapReduce, HIVE, PIG, Apache Spark, Kafka

        In order to get the necessary skills to fast track becoming a data engineer, there are a number of professional certifications and qualifications available. Data engineering specific qualifications include:

        • Google’s Certified Professional (data engineering)
        • IBM Certified Data Engineer (Big Data)
        • CCP Data Engineer from Cloudera
        • Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE)

        Data Engineer Soft Skills

        Soft skills for data engineering are harder to define due to the technical proficiency required for the role. Certain desirable skills, however, include good time management, being able to complete tasks and projects in a timely manner will help the entire team meat their quarterly targets. Both written and verbal communication skills are a must as there are many instances where a data engineer will need to put together and deliver presentations to staff members of varying seniority.  Multitasking is also an important skill because at any one time, a data engineer will be involved with several projects.

        What Types of Data Engineer Jobs are There?

        • Data Architect –A data architect has more knowledge of tools such as SQL, XML, Hive, Pig, Spark, etc. They create the foundation for the data management systems to integrate and maintain all the data sources.
        • Data Engineer – A data engineer builds pipelines to ensure the integration, consolidation and cleansing of data, including structuring for use ins individual analytics applications. Data engineers will have skills in programming languages including C#, Java, Python, Ruby, Scala and SQL.
        • Database Administrator – this kind of role is oriented around a knowledge of databases and responsibilities include updating and maintaining accessibility of all databases for all users.

        Salary Expectations for Data Engineer Jobs:

        The average data engineer job salary is between £55,000 – £90,000 but there are some organisation, particularly in the financial sector, who will pay more.

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          • Location London
          • Job typePermanent
          • SectorData Engineer Python Developer
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          • Salary up to £80k + excellent benefits
          • Location London
          • Job typePermanent
          • SectorData Engineer Python Developer Scala Developer
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        • Senior Data Engineer

          • Salary Up to £90,000 per annum with equity and flexi working
          • Location London
          • Job typePermanent
          • SectorData Engineer
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