What does a Senior Data Engineer do?

Data engineers are mainly tasked with transforming data into a format that can be easily analyzed. They do this by developing, maintaining, and testing infrastructures for data generation. Data engineers work closely with data scientists and are largely in charge of architecting solutions for data scientists that enable them to do their jobs.

Data engineers generally have a bachelor's degree in computer science, information technology, or applied math, as well as a few data engineering certifications like IBM Certified Data Engineer or Google's Certified Professional. In addition, data engineers possess a plethora of technical skills and the ability to approach problems in a creative manner.

  • Create and maintain optimal data pipeline architecture,
  • Assemble large, complex data sets that meet functional / non-functional business requirements.
  • Identify, design, and implement internal process improvements: automating manual processes, optimizing data delivery, re-designing infrastructure for greater scalability, etc.
  • Build the infrastructure required for optimal extraction, transformation, and loading of data from a wide variety of data sources using SQL and AWS ‘big data’ technologies.
  • Build analytics tools that utilize the data pipeline to provide actionable insights into customer acquisition, operational efficiency and other key business performance metrics.
  • Work with stakeholders including the Executive, Product, Data and Design teams to assist with data-related technical issues and support their data infrastructure needs.
  • Keep our data separated and secure across national boundaries through multiple data centers and AWS regions.
  • Create data tools for analytics and data scientist team members that assist them in building and optimizing our product into an innovative industry leader.
  • Work with data and analytics experts to strive for greater functionality in our data systems.
  • Advanced working SQL knowledge and experience working with relational databases, query authoring (SQL) as well as working familiarity with a variety of databases.
  • Experience building and optimizing ‘big data’ data pipelines, architectures and data sets.
  • Experience performing root cause analysis on internal and external data and processes to answer specific business questions and identify opportunities for improvement.
  • Strong analytic skills related to working with unstructured datasets.
  • Build processes supporting data transformation, data structures, metadata, dependency and workload management.
  • A successful history of manipulating, processing and extracting value from large disconnected datasets.
  • Working knowledge of message queuing, stream processing, and highly scalable ‘big data’ data stores.
  • Strong project management and organizational skills.
  • Experience supporting and working with cross-functional teams in a dynamic environment.
  • We are looking for a candidate with 5+ years of experience in a Data Engineer role, who has attained a Graduate degree in Computer Science, Statistics, Informatics, Information Systems or another quantitative field. They should also have experience using the following software/tools:
    • Experience with big data tools: Hadoop, Spark, Kafka, etc.
    • Experience with relational SQL and NoSQL databases, including Postgres and Cassandra.
    • Experience with data pipeline and workflow management tools: Azkaban, Luigi, Airflow, etc.
    • Experience with AWS cloud services: EC2, EMR, RDS, Redshift
    • Experience with stream-processing systems: Storm, Spark-Streaming, etc.
    • Experience with object-oriented/object function scripting languages: Python, Java, C++, Scala, etc.
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.9 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.9 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Senior Data Engineer Salaries

Average Base Pay

$8,000 /month
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$6K
Median: $8K
$12K
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Senior Data Engineer Career Path

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Senior Data Engineer
$100,000/yr
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Lead Data Engineer
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Senior Data Engineer Insights

Read what Senior Data Engineer professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
GensquaredGensquared
Data Engineer
28 Aug 2021

“This culture made Gensquared a place where I throughly enjoyed my work and looked forward to each day.”

DoubtNutDoubtNut
Data Engineer
22 May 2021

“Good payment for your work and recognises you if you and your work is worth of.”

DRVN IntelligenceDRVN Intelligence
Big Data Engineer
7 May 2021

“Big challenging projects of diverse tech stacks to grow and get aware about your career path to follow.”

JPMorgan Chase & Co
Big Data Developer
23 Dec 2021

“Good payment for your work and recognises you if you and your work is worthy of.”

HashmapHashmap
Big Data Engineer
4 Dec 2019

“You are not bound to just certain tasks in a project which is a great learning experience”

TrūataTrūata
Data Engineer
27 Apr 2021

“Nothing much to say apart from a little miss of work life balance which is expected in any startup around”

MacawMacaw
Data Engineer
6 Jan 2022

“One of the reasons I chose Macaw was because they thought personal development was important.”

Rackspace TechnologyRackspace Technology
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16 Nov 2021

“Projects are not well aligned to career goals because leadership is taking on any project they can get signed.”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a senior data engineer

When working as a senior data engineer, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Hadoop SPARK, AWS S3, Big Data, Python and SQL Querying.

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The most common qualifications to become a senior data engineer is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.