Data Engineer: Certification And Qualification

Hiding behind the glamor and popularity of Data Science and Data Analytics is your data engineer. The role of a Data Engineer is to make the data workable so that a data scientist or a data analyst could infer a solution from it. Since the role of a data engineer is usually behind the scenes, it does not get the attention, data scientist or a data analyst command. But believe that a data scientist or a data analyst is as good as the data engineer in an organization.

Data Engineer Qualifications

If you are planning a career in the field of Data Engineer, then you are expected to possess the knowledge in the following domains along with data engineer certification. Certifications being a third party validation ensure the prospective recruiter/employer that you are dedicated to your profession and are quite serious about it. So here are the domains you are expected to be thorough at—

Data Warehousing

  • RDBMS like MySQL, MSSQL Server etc.
  • No SQL databases like HBase, Mongo DB, Couch DB, Cassandra, etc.

Data Collection

  • RESTful APIs
  • Knowledge of data modelling and expertise in SQL

Data Transformation

  • ETL tools like Informatica, Datastage, Redpoint, etc.
  • Any scripting language like Python, Ruby, Perl, etc.

Once you have mastered these domains, you need to gain experience in your field to get big data engineer certifications. And college internships are the best way to gain experience. While doing the internship you can enroll yourself for the certification courses from the reputed data certification bodies.

Data Engineer Certification – Your Gateway To Success

It is a given fact that certification aids you in securing a good job at the onset of your career and also aids in getting a promotion when you have a job. Certification ensures your prospective recruiter that you are up-to-date in your knowledge and thoroughly perfect in your skills and qualifications. Some of the reputed certification bodies that you might want to check out are –

  1. Hortonworks: Hortonworks is your best bet if you are seeking certifications in big data industry. Right from certifications in Apache Hadoop to Apache Spark, Hortonworks offers certifications for both entry and the senior levels for the big data professionals. Hortonworks offers six certifications based on your skills – take your pick and get ready to crack in the big data industry.
  2. Cloudera: Cloudera Certifications are unique certifications that helps you gain certifications in data engineers both at a senior levels and at a beginner levels. Do check about the prerequisites. For more details, you can check out their website.
  3. DASCA: DASCA or Data Science Council of America offers two Big Data Engineers certifications. Before applying for the Data Engineer certifications, go through the website thoroughly because the DASCA certifications come with certain prerequisite criteria that need to be fulfilled. Criteria could either be certain years of experience along with skills required to gain experience in the field of Data Engineering.
  4. SAS Certifications: SAS Global Certification Program has various certifications in the Big Data field. Depending on what you want to pursue you may choose from the certifications and go for the one you deem best. But with SAS Certifications there’s a catch and the catch being – SAS applications usage for certifications.


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