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Data Engineer Job Description

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Data engineers help firms improve the efficiency of information processing systems. They also research, design and test a company's data management software, ensuring that it meets business requirements and industry practices.


A data engineer researches the latest software engineering tools, oversees the construction of precise and large-scale data sets, and performs database research to recommend ways to improve the quality of data. He also makes decisions and solves problems, and communicates with superiors, peers and subordinates.

Aptitude, Tools and Technologies

According to the job resources portal O*Net OnLine, a data engineer must have effective communication skills, good vision, solid programming knowledge and math acumen. She often interacts with high-end computer servers, integrated circuit testers and object-oriented development software, such as C++ and Sun Microsystems Java.

Education and Earnings

A data engineer position typically requires a bachelor’s degree in computer science or electrical engineering. However, employers often prefer candidates with master's degrees for senior roles. The average annual salary for a data engineer was $90,000 as of 2010, according to the career data website Indeed.

2016 Salary Information for Nuclear Engineers

Nuclear engineers earned a median annual salary of $102,220 in 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. On the low end, nuclear engineers earned a 25th percentile salary of $82,770, meaning 75 percent earned more than this amount. The 75th percentile salary is $124,420, meaning 25 percent earn more. In 2016, 17,700 people were employed in the U.S. as nuclear engineers.