Up-and-coming data engineers complement entrenched data scientists

Despite the buzz around analytics and the data scientist, a new data management-oriented job title, data engineer, is appearing with increasing frequency.The data engineering position is showing up in job postings, and, while sometimes confused with the data scientist job, it seems to be becoming a central part of many big data undertakings. It can be easy to confuse the two roles based on their names, but data scientists and data engineers are actually quite different, according to Bob Melk, president of IT careers site Dice.com. “The skills related to data science are much more focused on mathematical methods and data analytics, while data engineering is focused on data wrangling, cloud and programming skills,” he said. Data engineers are deep in the weeds of today’s open source big data management.…


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