Skills to Highlight in Your Data Engineer Resume


By Jennifer L. Hay

Data Engineers combine software engineering and database engineering skills to design, build, deploy, and maintain databases, data pipelines, and data services.

Their responsibilities overlap/intersect with Data Scientists, Data Architect, and ETL Developers.

At the program level, they identify, document, deploy, and manage the design patterns needed for agile development of reliable, adaptable, and easily maintained databases, data pipelines, and data services. They design, develop, deploy, and manage a library of reusable components that accelerate development and increase consistency and reliability of databases, data pipelines, and data services.

At the project level, they work as a project team member to design, build, test, and deploy the databases, data pipelines, and data services that a project must produce as deliverables.

At the operational level, they monitor performance and overall health of databases, data pipelines and data services. They maintain and optimize databases, data pipelines and data services when necessary.

Data Engineers possess essential knowledge and skills in the following:

  • Database Design/Build Technical Skills (relational, multi-dimensional, columnar, geospatial, document store, graph, XML, JSON, CSV, etc.)
  • Data Pipeline Design/Build Technical Skills (dataflows, workflow, data stream processing, ETL, batch processing, Lambda processing, etc.)
  • Data Services Design/Build Technical Skills (APIs, RPC, SOAP, REST, data virtualization, microservices, data marketplace, etc.)
  • Logical & Physical Data Modeling Skills (entity-relationship, NoSQL, multi-dimensional & star schema, flat files, etc.)
  • Architectural & Platform Knowledge & Skills (data management architecture, data pipeline architecture, microservices architecture, cloud platform principles, distributed systems principles, Hadoop technologies, etc.)
  • Programming Languages (Java, Scala, R, etc.)
  • Programming Skills (requirements, design, testing, deployment, documentation, version control, etc.)

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.