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Information Technology

 

Data Engineer

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Designs, builds and manages the information or big data infrastructure. Develops the architecture that helps analyze and process data-áin the way the organization needs it. Makes sure those systems are performing smoothly.

Job Outlook

There were 1682 Data Engineer job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 40874 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Data Engineer industry, which includes the Data Engineer career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:

Salary

Many new Data Engineer jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $116,404.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $112,163.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Data Engineer postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $103,469.

Education and Experience

Posted Data Engineer jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree1%
Bachelor's Degree62%
Master's Degree34%
Doctoral Degree1%
Other2%

Posted Data Engineer jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years13%
3 to 5 years57%
6 to 8 years20%
9+ years9%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Data Engineer positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Teamwork / Collaboration (29%)
  • Communication Skills (28%)
  • Problem Solving (20%)
  • Writing (17%)
  • Troubleshooting (14%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Python (71%)
  • SQL (69%)
  • Extraction Transformation and Loading (ETL) (46%)
  • Big Data (42%)
  • Pipeline (Computing) (41%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Data Quality (16%)
  • Software Development (16%)
  • Apache Webserver (15%)
  • Tableau (15%)
  • Software Engineering (15%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Amazon Web Services (AWS) (7%)
  • Relational DataBase Management System (RDBMS) (6%)
  • MongoDB (6%)
  • Big Data Analytics (6%)
  • Cassandra (6%)

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Data Engineer skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Senior Data Engineer
  • Big Data Engineer
  • Azure Data Engineer
  • Lead Data Engineer

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Data Engineer jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Deloitte (573)
  • Amazon (571)
  • Travelers (463)
  • Capital One (451)
  • Telecoms Com (376)

North Carolina

  • Lowe's Companies, Inc (53)
  • Accenture (26)
  • Deloitte (25)
  • Telecoms Com (21)
  • The Hartford Financial Group (20)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

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