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Data Engineer

Data Engineer

A Data Engineer designs and maintains the infrastructure required for storing and processing large amounts of data.

What  does a Data Engineer do?    

A data engineer is responsible for designing, building, and maintaining the  infrastructure required for data storage and processing. This involves  working with large datasets and developing systems that can handle them  efficiently. Data engineers work closely with data analysts and data  scientists to ensure that data is available to support business  decisions.    

What is the typical background of a Data Engineer?  

Data engineers typically have a degree in computer science, software  engineering, or a related field. They also have experience in data modeling,  database management, and software development. Some may have a background in  data analysis or data science.    

What are some of the typical responsibilities of a Data Engineer?    

Typical responsibilities of a Data Engineer include:    

  • Designing and building data pipelines to move data from various sources  into a central repository
  • Developing and maintaining databases and data warehouses
  • Ensuring data quality and integrity
  • Optimizing data storage and processing for performance and  scalability
  • Collaborating with data analysts and data scientists to support their work
  • Keeping up-to-date with the latest technologies and trends in data engineering    

What are some of the skills a successful Data Engineer should have?    

A successful Data Engineer should have the following skills:    

  • Proficiency in programming languages such as Python, Java, or Scala
  • Experience with SQL and NoSQL databases
  • Knowledge of data modeling and database design principles
  • Familiarity with data warehousing and ETL (extract, transform, load) processes
  • Understanding of distributed systems and big data technologies such as  Hadoop, Spark, and Kafka
  • Strong problem-solving and analytical skills
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills

What are Data Engineer salaries like in 2024? 

On average in 2024, we’re seeing a median salary of $180K for Senior Engineer titles, with a typical range from $128-275K.

Depending on the size of the company and seniority of the Senior Engineer, many of these roles will also include equity ranging anywhere from 0.2-1.5%.

For very senior candidates, we’ve seen equity up to 2%, and we’ve also seen cash grants extended to Senior Engineers.

What's an example of a Data Engineer job description? 

Before you write a Data Engineer job description, we recommend outlining: 

1. If you're a funded company, where you raised money from? 

2. What series/stage of company are you in? 

3. Why should someone be excited about this opportunity? 

4. What exciting new projects is the company working on? 

5. [For startups] If you're a not a first-time founder, what other successful companies have you started or invested in? 

After you've answered the above questions, free to copy and paste the Data Engineer job description below! 

Company Overview: At [Company Name], we're on a mission to [your mission here]. As a leading player in [Industry/Field], we believe in [how you do what you do] to solve complex problems and deliver value to our customers.

We are looking for a Data Engineer to join our dynamic team of experts, dedicated to building cutting-edge data solutions that power decision-making and business intelligence.

Summary: The Data Engineer will play a crucial role in the development, deployment, and management of our data architecture. This individual will be responsible for designing and implementing robust, scalable data models, as well as optimizing data flow and collection to meet the needs of our diverse stakeholder base. The ideal candidate is a problem-solver with a strong foundation in data engineering principles and a passion for transforming data into actionable insights.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Design, construct, install, test, and maintain highly scalable data management systems.
  • Ensure systems meet business requirements and industry practices for data integrity, reliability, and performance.
  • Build high-performance algorithms, prototypes, and predictive models.
  • Integrate new data management technologies and software engineering tools into existing structures.
  • Create data tools for analytics and data scientist team members that assist them in building and optimizing our product into an innovative industry leader.
  • Collaborate with data architects, modelers, and IT team members on project goals.
  • Recommend ways to improve data reliability, efficiency, and quality.
  • Deploy sophisticated analytics programs, machine learning, and statistical methods.
  • Prepare data for predictive and prescriptive modeling.
  • Use data to discover tasks that can be automated.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, or a related field; Master’s degree is a plus.
  • Proven experience as a Data Engineer, Software Developer, or similar role.
  • Strong knowledge of SQL and experience with relational databases, as well as NoSQL databases.
  • Experience with cloud services (e.g., AWS, Google Cloud Platform, Microsoft Azure) and data pipeline/workflow management tools.
  • Proficiency in scripting languages (e.g., Python, Scala, Java).
  • Familiarity with machine learning algorithms and statistics.
  • Strong analytical skills and the ability to combine data from different sources.
  • Experience with data modeling and data architecture.
  • Excellent communication and teamwork skills.

How to Apply: Please submit your resume. Include examples of past projects and achievements that demonstrate your expertise and passion for data engineering.

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