There is plenty of information available on the role and responsibilities of a Data Engineer – a simple Google search can lead to hundreds of varying results.
Here at Mackin we have a wealth of experience in sourcing Data Engineers for clients. We want to give you an inside look into exactly what our clients look for and what will make you, as a candidate, stand out from the crowd.
What are the first steps on your road to becoming a Data Engineer?
When it comes to seeking out a new role, you need to make sure you have the necessary skills and qualifications. Initially, your pathway to becoming a Data Engineer will begin with your education. Typical backgrounds include a Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in:
In addition to having the above qualifications, you may also have a certification from governing bodies such as the Certified Data Management Professional. If you don’t have a qualification listed above, by taking relevant courses in coding, algorithms and data management you will increase your chance of finding a position in this field. Building a portfolio can also be helpful in showcasing your suitability for a role.
While education is important being able to display skills that can be applied to your role will make you stand out among other applicants.
Salary and compensation
In the US the average salary for a Data Engineer is between 105-120k/yr, depending on years of experience and location of position. An experienced Data Engineer can expect to earn up to $175,000 a year in markets like San Francisco, CA. Do your homework on sites such as Glassdoor, ZipRecruiter, Zippia, and know your worth based on experience, qualifications and job location.
Skills for Success
As a Data Engineer, there are certain skills that are essential to carrying out the job effectively. These include:
In addition to essential hard skills, there are also soft skills that are necessary for those looking to enter into the career:
As a Data Engineer, your day-to-day tasks will vary. However, there are tasks that will make up most of your average day’s work, such as:
The Inside Scoop
Here at Mackin, we know companies look for individuals who can:
Before applying for a position, make sure the company is the right fit for you. Research them thoroughly, look at their digital presence and ensure that their values and culture reflect yours.
Work with Mackin
Data Engineer is a highly sourced position at Mackin, all over the globe. If you are interested in positions currently available at Mackin, visit our Career Site and join our candidate pool. We will review your resume and keep you informed on current and future positions.
Good luck in your career and we hope to have the opportunity to work with you at Mackin.