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Working As A Data Engineer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Mostly Sitting

  • $98,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Data Engineer Do

Software developers are the creative minds behind computer programs. Some develop the applications that allow people to do specific tasks on a computer or another device. Others develop the underlying systems that run the devices or that control networks.

Duties

Software developers typically do the following:

  • Analyze users’ needs and then design, test, and develop software to meet those needs
  • Recommend software upgrades for customers’ existing programs and systems
  • Design each piece of an application or a system and plan how the pieces will work together
  • Create a variety of models and diagrams (such as flowcharts) that instruct programmers how to write software code
  • Ensure that a program continues to function normally through software maintenance and testing
  • Document every aspect of an application or a system as a reference for future maintenance and upgrades
  • Collaborate with other computer specialists to create optimum software

Software developers are in charge of the entire development process for a software program. They may begin by asking how the customer plans to use the software. They must identify the core functionality that users need from software programs. Software developers must also determine user requirements that are unrelated to the functionality of software, such as the level of security and performance needs. They design the program and then give instructions to programmers, who write computer code and test it.

If the program does not work as expected or if testers find it too difficult to use, software developers go back to the design process to fix the problems or improve the program. After the program is released to the customer, a developer may perform upgrades and maintenance.

Developers usually work closely with computer programmers. However, in some companies, developers write code themselves instead of giving instructions to the programmers.

Developers who supervise a software project from the planning stages through implementation sometimes are called information technology (IT) project managers. These workers monitor the project’s progress to ensure that it meets deadlines, standards, and cost targets. IT project managers who plan and direct an organization’s IT department or IT policies are included in the profile on computer and information systems managers.

The following are examples of types of software developers:

Applications software developers design computer applications, such as word processors and games, for consumers. They may create custom software for a specific customer or commercial software to be sold to the general public. Some applications software developers create complex databases for organizations. They also create programs that people use over the Internet and within a company’s intranet.

Systems software developers create the systems that keep computers functioning properly. These could be operating systems for computers that the general public buys or systems built specifically for an organization. Often, systems software developers also build the system’s interface, which is what allows users to interact with the computer. Systems software developers are creating the operating systems that control most of the consumer electronics in use today, including the systems in phones or cars.

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How To Become A Data Engineer

Software developers usually have a bachelor’s degree in computer science and strong computer programming skills.

Education

Software developers usually have a bachelor’s degree, typically in computer science, software engineering, or a related field. A degree in mathematics is also acceptable. Computer science degree programs are the most common, because they tend to cover a broad range of topics. Students should focus on classes related to building software in order to better prepare themselves for work in the occupation. For some positions, employers may prefer a master’s degree.

Although writing code is not their first priority, developers must have a strong background in computer programming. They usually gain this experience in school. Throughout their career, developers must keep up to date on new tools and computer languages.

Software developers also need skills related to the industry in which they work. Developers working in a bank, for example, should have knowledge of finance so that they can understand a bank’s computing needs.

Other Experience

Many students gain experience in software development by completing an internship at a software company while in college.

Some software developers first work as computer programmers and then are given more responsibility as they gain experience. Eventually, they become developers.

Advancement

Software developers can advance to become information technology (IT) project managers, also called computer and information systems managers, a position in which they oversee the software development process.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Developers must analyze users’ needs and then design software to meet those needs.

Communication skills. Developers must be able to give clear instructions to others working on a project. They must also explain to their customers how the software works and answer any questions that arise.

Computer skills. Developers must understand computer capabilities and programming languages in order to design effective software.

Creativity. Developers are the creative minds behind new computer software.

Detail oriented. Developers often work on many parts of an application or system at the same time and must therefore be able to concentrate and pay attention to detail.

Interpersonal skills. Software developers must be able to work well with others who contribute to designing, developing, and programming successful software.

Problem-solving skills. Because developers are in charge of software from beginning to end, they must be able to solve problems that arise throughout the design process.

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Data Engineer Career Paths

Data Engineer
Senior Software Engineer Team Leader Project Manager
Service Delivery Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Project Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Software Development Manager
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Development Manager
Senior Development Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Data Architect Senior Consultant Senior Product Manager
Principal Product Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Data Architect Senior Consultant Information Technology Project Manager
Enterprise Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Data Architect Solutions Architect Information Technology Project Manager
Technical Delivery Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Data Scientist Analytics Consultant
Analytical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Data Scientist Senior Consultant Chief Information Officer
President & Chief Technology Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Java Developer Lead Technician Information Technology Manager
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Java Developer Lead Technician Information Technology Director
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Java Developer Lead Developer Founder
Chief Technology Officer & Founder
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Data Analyst- Senior Business Analyst
Product Owner
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Data Analyst- Senior Business Analyst Technical Project Manager
Technical Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Project Leader Manager Applications Development
Application Development Director
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Senior Project Manager Director Of Software Development
Vice President Of Software Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Senior Systems Analyst Manager Applications Development
Vice President Of Application Development
11 Yearsyrs
Geologist Scientist Senior Technologist
Principal Technologist
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Data Analyst- Senior Business Analyst Implementation Manager
Integration Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Systems Architect Senior Technical Consultant
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Software Engineer 3.0 years
Lead Data Analyst 2.7 years
Data Architect 2.6 years
ETL Architect 2.2 years
Hadoop Developer 2.1 years
Data Engineer 2.0 years
Data Consultant 1.7 years
Data Scientist 1.7 years
Top Careers Before Data Engineer
Consultant 4.5%
Internship 3.8%
Engineer 3.7%
Developer 2.7%
Top Careers After Data Engineer
Engineer 7.8%
Consultant 5.9%
Geologist 3.3%
Developer 3.2%

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Average Yearly Salary
$98,000
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$72,000
Min 10%
$98,000
Median 50%
$98,000
Median 50%
$98,000
Median 50%
$98,000
Median 50%
$98,000
Median 50%
$98,000
Median 50%
$98,000
Median 50%
$133,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Netflix
Highest Paying City
Redwood City, CA
Highest Paying State
California
Avg Experience Level
2.4 years
How much does a Data Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Data Engineer in the United States is $98,330 per year or $47 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $72,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $133,000.

Real Data Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Data Engineer Netflix Los Gatos, CA Aug 13, 2015 $285,000
Senior Data Engineer Netflix Los Gatos, CA Nov 16, 2016 $280,000
Principal Data Engineer Target Enterprise, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Jun 08, 2015 $265,000
Data Science Engineer-Global Payments Analytics Netflix, Inc. Los Gatos, CA Oct 12, 2015 $245,000
Data Platform Engineer Netflix Los Gatos, CA Feb 05, 2016 $240,000 -
$280,000
Senior Data Visualization Engineer Netflix, Inc. Los Gatos, CA Apr 20, 2015 $230,000
Senior Data Engineer ROKU, Inc. Saratoga, CA Nov 30, 2015 $230,000
Senior Data Visualization Engineer Netflix Los Gatos, CA Dec 09, 2016 $225,000 -
$275,000
Senior Data Engineer Netflix Los Gatos, CA May 07, 2015 $225,000
Senior Data Visualization Engineer Netflix Los Gatos, CA Jul 12, 2015 $225,000
Senior Data Engineer Netflix Los Gatos, CA Oct 24, 2016 $225,000
Principal Data Science Engineer Cambia Health Solutions, Inc. Seattle, WA May 12, 2016 $220,000
SR. Data Engineer, Big Data Platform ROKU, Inc. Los Gatos, CA Aug 08, 2016 $200,000
Lead Data Science Engineer Chegg, Inc. Santa Clara, CA May 18, 2015 $200,000
Principal Data Engineer Staples, Inc. Seattle, WA Sep 03, 2016 $129,000 -
$132,000
Data Engineer Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company Sunnyvale, CA Aug 14, 2015 $128,939 -
$175,000
Staff Data Engineer Blackhawk Network, Inc. Pleasanton, CA Jun 20, 2016 $128,544 -
$140,000
Lead Data Engineer-Data Science Products General Electric Company San Ramon, CA Oct 10, 2016 $128,000
Data Engineer II Amazon Corporate LLC Seattle, WA Jul 21, 2016 $128,000
Data Engineer II Amazon Corporate LLC Austin, TX Nov 28, 2016 $128,000
Data Engineer II Zurich American Insurance Company Schaumburg, IL Nov 14, 2016 $127,500
Data Warehouse Engineer Leadpoint, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Nov 06, 2016 $127,050
Senior Data Warehouse Engineer V.L.S Systems, Inc. Chantilly, VA Sep 04, 2015 $108,000
Data Analytics Engineer Kaplan, Inc. New York, NY Dec 20, 2016 $108,000
Hadoop Big Data Engineer Caidan Management Company, LLC Detroit, MI Nov 11, 2016 $108,000
Data Engineer II Amazon Corporate LLC Seattle, WA Aug 07, 2016 $107,800
Data Warehouse Engineer Quicken Loans Inc. Detroit, MI Jan 27, 2016 $107,765
Data Engineer Intuit Inc. Mountain View, CA Dec 26, 2016 $107,607 -
$115,000
Principal Data Intelligence Engineer EMC Corporation Southborough, MA Jan 03, 2016 $107,474
Senior Big Data Engineer Behavior Matrix, LLC Blue Bell, PA Sep 06, 2016 $107,370 -
$120,000

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Top Skills for A Data Engineer

  1. Pl/Sql
  2. Relational Databases
  3. ETL
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Delivered models and prototypes for multiple browser-based visualizations for TurboTax user attrition leveraging D3 JavaScript API and Oracle PL/SQL.
  • Lead data architect for Sony's Online Technology Group, responsible for high transaction relational databases and Big Data reporting environments.
  • Designed ETL architecture and architecture documents and mapping documents.
  • Deployed Hadoop Cluster in Fully Distributed and Pseudo-distributed modes.
  • Prioritize, address and resolve support requests regarding data warehouse/reporting systems, coordinating with other IT departments when necessary.

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  2. Washington
  3. Oregon
  4. New York
  5. New Hampshire
  6. Connecticut
  7. District of Columbia
  8. Texas
  9. Massachusetts
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Data Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

68.5%

Female

17.3%

Unknown

14.2%
Ethnicity

White

48.6%

Asian

22.1%

Hispanic or Latino

13.1%

Black or African American

10.3%

Unknown

6.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

24.6%

French

14.8%

Carrier

8.2%

Russian

6.6%

Arabic

6.6%

Chinese

4.9%

German

4.9%

Japanese

4.9%

Portuguese

3.3%

Mandarin

3.3%

Somali

3.3%

Vietnamese

1.6%

Turkish

1.6%

Georgian

1.6%

Azerbaijani

1.6%

Greek

1.6%

Armenian

1.6%

Urdu

1.6%

Cantonese

1.6%

Korean

1.6%
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Data Engineer Education

Schools

University of Texas at Dallas

7.5%

University of Texas at Austin

7.5%

University of Phoenix

7.1%

University of Texas at Arlington

6.0%

Texas A&M University

6.0%

San Jose State University

5.7%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

5.7%

New York University

5.0%

Purdue University

5.0%

University of Washington

4.6%

George Washington University

4.3%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

4.3%

Johns Hopkins University

4.3%

Northeastern University

4.3%

Arizona State University

3.9%

University of Southern California

3.9%

George Mason University

3.9%

Stevens Institute of Technology

3.9%

Illinois Institute of Technology

3.6%

Auburn University

3.6%
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Majors

Computer Science

27.2%

Electrical Engineering

10.5%

Business

8.2%

Computer Information Systems

5.7%

Computer Engineering

5.4%

Information Technology

4.5%

Information Systems

4.3%

Engineering

4.3%

Geology

4.0%

Mechanical Engineering

3.8%

Management Information Systems

3.5%

Management Science

2.4%

Mathematics

2.4%

Computer Applications

2.2%

Finance

2.2%

Management

2.0%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.0%

Chemistry

2.0%

Physics

1.9%

Statistics

1.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

41.3%

Masters

36.1%

Other

10.8%

Associate

5.0%

Doctorate

3.1%

Certificate

2.6%

Diploma

0.9%

License

0.2%
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