Data Engineer Definition

Data Engineer

A data engineer builds, deploys, and maintains the organization’s data infrastructure. This involves building & maintaining pipelines, migrating to the cloud from legacy systems, creating data models, and delivering structured data to organizational stakeholders. A data engineer has experience in architecture design, data pipeline maintenance/testing, managing data, & metadata.

Key pain points that data engineers solve for an organization include:

Converts Raw Data for Business Use

– Builds the data pipelines/infrastructure that deliver business users the data they need.

– Extracts, cleans, prepares, and transforms data for business usage.

On Call Support for Data Infrastructure

– Fixes breakages and other data infrastructure issues on call.

– Urgent API updates and pipeline maintenance

Assures Access to All Relevant Data Flows

– Organizes and makes relevant data accessible to business users.

– Manages data streams to maintain usability of system.

Speeds Time-to-Insight

– Automates & streamlines manual data workflows.

– Eliminates inefficient bottlenecks that delay data for stakeholders.

Supports Custom Integrations

– Builds custom data pipelines, custom API connectors.

– Creates data connectors for business apps & products.

Common tools that a data engineer uses include ETL/ELT tools, SQL, NoSQL, Python, CDW, and database architecture. Built-In estimates that the average salary for a data engineer in a major metro area is around $124,000.

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