Skills to Highlight in Your Data Curator Resume


By Jennifer L. Hay

Data Stewards manages a collection of datasets (files, tables, etc.) that are selected and managed to meet the needs and interests of a specific group of people.

Their responsibilities overlap/intersect with Data Analysts and Data Curators.

At the program level, they:

  • Provide datasets that are organized for ease of understanding.
  • Manage data from a “”big picture”” perspective.
  • Align data with business needs.
  • Maximize reuse of data.
  • Enable the business to find data when it needs it.
  • Provide an analytics focus … categories (such as active claim, preferred customer) and variables that quantify things of business interest.
  • Look at data needed to analyze and understand business outcomes.
  • Has a role in shaping data management policies.

At the project level, they:

  • Evaluate quality, veracity, and usefulness of datasets.
  • Categorize datasets, providing context and making them easily found.
  • Actively participate in data quality improvement efforts
  • Catalog datasets sufficiently to inform about content and usefulness. Find datasets that match needs.
  • Encourage collaboration and data sharing.
  • Work with the data catalog to record metadata and communicate about data structure, relationships, contents, quality, etc.
  • Document and communicate data descriptions, profiles, and annotations.

At the operational level, they ensure data security and privacy by monitoring to expose breaches.

Data Curators possess essential knowledge, skills, and understanding in the following:

  • Understand data trends.
  • Interested in data collections.
  • Interested in the processes that work with data – especially those that ingest and distribute data.
  • Interested in relationships of data to people – who uses which data for what kinds of analyses.
  • Understand analytic data requirements
  • Knowledge of security and privacy policies and constraints.

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.