Skills to Highlight in Your Data Architect Resume


By Jennifer L. Hay

Data Architects design, manage, and deploy an organization’s data architecture.

Their responsibilities overlap/intersect with Enterprise Architects, Applications Architects, Business Architects, and Data Modelers.

At the program level, they provide leadership in IT or another data management organization to establish policies, best practices, standards, and goals for data governance practices, data administration, data integration, data curation, data sharing, data security, data storage, database applications, and data modeling. They respond to frequent technology changes with continuous architectural refinement.

At the project level, they work as a project team member to guide application of architectural policies, best practices, and standards. May include hands-on data modeling and other project work as well as mentoring and performing architectural quality assurance.

At the operational level, they observe and monitor data operations. They respond to operational data events and incidents with continuous architectural refinement.

Data Architects possess essential knowledge and skills in the following:

  • Big Picture Perspective (enterprise view, collaboration with business architects, application architects, technology architects, CDO, CISO, etc.)
  • Knowledge of Data Stores (data lake, data warehouse, etc.)
  • Knowledge of Data Deployment (on premises, cloud, multi-cloud, hybrid cloud/on premises, etc.)
  • Knowledge of Data Pipelines (dataflows, integration, workflow, batch & real-time processing, etc.)
  • Knowledge of Databases & File Systems (SQL, NoSQL, XML, JSON, CSV, etc.)
  • Knowledge of Data Services (APIs, RPC, SOAP, REST, microservices, etc.)
  • Knowledge of Data Intensive Applications (operational systems, record keeping, BI, analytics, data science, etc.)
  • Knowledge of Data Risk Management (security, compliance, data privacy, PII, etc.)
  • Data & Process Modeling Skills (relational modeling, NoSQL modeling, data flow modeling, business process modeling, database/data model refactoring)

About Jennifer Hay

I’ve been writing technical resumes and advising on career transitions for almost 15 years.

Throughout that time, I’ve read numerous articles about best practices for IT resume writing. What I found in those articles is a lot of bad information because it’s the same advice they give for non-technical professionals. This is important because IT resumes are different.

I built this website to share what I’ve learned in my career. I think you’ll find information on this website that will help make your IT resume a success.