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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

  • $91,000

    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
Data Architect Architect Chief Technology Officer
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Data Architect Solutions Architect Program Manager
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Unit Manager General Manager Senior Manager
Director Of Analytics
13 Yearsyrs
Data Warehouse Consultant Data Architect Enterprise Architect
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Systems Administrator
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Business Analyst Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Internet Developer Senior Software Engineer Chief Technology Officer
President & Chief Technology Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Unit Manager Operations Manager Business Analyst
Product Owner
9 Yearsyrs
Data Warehouse Consultant Senior Consultant Director Of Information
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Engineer Network Administrator Software Engineer
Senior Java Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Field Engineer Network Administrator Information Systems Manager
Senior Manager-Systems
12 Yearsyrs
Geologist Project Manager Consultant
Senior Software Engineer
6 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Senior Technical Program Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Engineering Manager Engineering Director
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager Director Of Information
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Data Analyst- Information Technology Project Manager Software Development Manager
Vice President, Software Development
11 Yearsyrs
Geologist Project Geologist Senior Project Manager
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
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Data Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

75.3%

Female

19.5%

Unknown

5.2%
Ethnicity

White

60.8%

Asian

24.9%

Hispanic or Latino

8.6%

Unknown

4.4%

Black or African American

1.4%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

25.9%

French

13.0%

Carrier

9.3%

Chinese

7.4%

Russian

7.4%

German

5.6%

Portuguese

3.7%

Arabic

3.7%

Mandarin

3.7%

Hungarian

1.9%

Turkish

1.9%

Georgian

1.9%

Vietnamese

1.9%

Azerbaijani

1.9%

Japanese

1.9%

Greek

1.9%

Armenian

1.9%

Urdu

1.9%

Korean

1.9%

Cantonese

1.9%
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Data Engineer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

10.5%

University of Texas at Austin

6.6%

University of Texas at Dallas

5.9%

Texas A&M University

5.9%

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

5.9%

George Washington University

5.3%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

5.3%

New York University

4.6%

George Mason University

4.6%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

4.6%

University of Houston

4.6%

Purdue University

4.6%

College of DuPage

3.9%

Pennsylvania State University

3.9%

Stanford University

3.9%

University of Washington

3.9%

University of Central Florida

3.9%

University of Colorado at Boulder

3.9%

More Tech Institute

3.9%

Indiana University Bloomington

3.9%
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Majors

Computer Science

26.7%

Electrical Engineering

10.3%

Business

9.6%

Computer Information Systems

6.1%

Management Information Systems

4.7%

Computer Engineering

4.7%

Engineering

4.5%

Mechanical Engineering

4.1%

Geology

3.8%

Information Technology

3.7%

Information Systems

3.6%

Management

2.8%

Computer Applications

2.7%

Mathematics

2.6%

Finance

2.3%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.9%

Physics

1.7%

Chemistry

1.5%

Computer Systems Security

1.4%

Management Science

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

40.0%

Masters

35.2%

Other

11.9%

Associate

5.5%

Doctorate

3.6%

Certificate

2.7%

Diploma

0.9%

License

0.1%
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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 Jul 12, 2015 $225,000
Senior Data Visualization Engineer Netflix Los Gatos, CA Dec 09, 2016 $225,000 -
$275,000
Senior Data Engineer Netflix Los Gatos, CA Oct 24, 2016 $225,000
Senior Data Engineer Netflix Los Gatos, CA May 07, 2015 $225,000
Principal Data Science Engineer Cambia Health Solutions, Inc. Seattle, WA May 12, 2016 $220,000
Lead Data Science Engineer Chegg, Inc. Santa Clara, CA May 26, 2016 $200,000
SR. Data Engineer, Big Data Platform ROKU, Inc. Los Gatos, CA Aug 08, 2016 $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
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
Lead Data Engineer-Data Science Products General Electric Company San Ramon, CA Oct 10, 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
Principal Data Analytics Engineer Operative Media, Inc. New York, NY Sep 13, 2016 $108,192
Data Analytics Engineer Tapjoy San Francisco, CA Mar 28, 2016 $108,150
Hadoop Big Data Engineer Caidan Management Company, LLC Detroit, MI Nov 11, 2016 $108,000
Data Analytics Engineer Kaplan, Inc. New York, NY Dec 20, 2016 $108,000
Senior Data Warehouse Engineer V.L.S Systems, Inc. Chantilly, VA Sep 04, 2015 $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

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Top Skills for A Data Engineer

Pl/SqlRelationalDatabasesETLHadoopClusterHdfsDataAnalyticsAmazonWebPythonDataWarehouseSqoopBigDataCloudPlatformProceduresSQLServerLinuxOozieHbaseDataAnalysisUnix

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Top Data Engineer Skills

  1. Pl/Sql
  2. Relational Databases
  3. ETL
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Major technologies: Oracle, PL/SQL, XML, J2EE, Java, Agile/Scrum methodologies
  • Lead data architect for Sony's Online Technology Group, responsible for high transaction relational databases and Big Data reporting environments.
  • Develop and manage ETL processes.
  • Create a custom logging framework in Python for all applications running on Hadoop cluster.
  • Used Hive data warehouse tool to analyze the unified historic data in HDFS to identify issues and behavioral patterns.

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