Data Engineer vs Data Scientist

Dec 1, 2017 13 Comments

Hello Bilnders, I might have a chance to learn and switch my career to data engineering or to be a data scientist.

I am looking for inputs on which one would be better, opportunities, salaries, etc...

there is nothing like, do what you love in this economy any more... so any other inputs are greatly appreciated !

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  • Google dean
    Data scientist is much better paid if you put in the work and master statistics. Data engineer is easier to pick up if you’re looking for quick turn around.

    I would not listen to ODYE. I’m a data scientist and am constantly being head hunted. But again, it’s cause i put in the work (phd statistics).
    Dec 1, 2017 2
    • OP
      Cool.. thank you
      Dec 1, 2017
    • Netflix / Other quipy
      What kind of TC do seasoned DS make? Currently, Data Engineer, 6 yoe, TC 450.
      Aug 13
  • Campaign Monitor blind0
    Data scientist line of work requires heavy statistical interest and knowledge and is much better line of work in my opinion and well paid.

    Data engineer work requires technical knowledge about databases, schemas, sql, etl (extract transform load).

    Of course the exact role depends from company to company especially in startups you could do both but big companies have a clear distinction. Hope that helps.
    Dec 1, 2017 3
    • OP
      Thanks for your post
      Dec 1, 2017
    • General Mills k84Lrt0
      I️ feel like it also depends on teams. If your company is starting out with a DS team there is an expectation that you have some DE skills too. DataOps mentality or something?
      Dec 1, 2017
    • Campaign Monitor blind0
      agreed. Being a data scientist also means you are good at mining data which means you must know sql and basic scripting and connect to apis. You could also go the spoilt route where people hand you the data and all you do is model :)
      Dec 1, 2017
  • Microsoft / Data ODYE15
    The game is over for data scientists. There is no career path in it.
    Dec 1, 2017 2
    • New / Eng anpc
      Why ?
      Dec 1, 2017
    • General Mills k84Lrt0
      Based on what?
      Dec 1, 2017
  • General Mills k84Lrt0
    I’m facing a similar struggle and am currently leaning towards DS. Mostly because I don’t want to be a super coder anymore, and because I want to be closer to the business. You have to self evaluate where your strengths are. Are you more of a coder or more skills at analysis (that’s backed by math and data)?
    Dec 1, 2017 0
  • Amazon blime
    If you have a PHD go DS else go DE.
    I have worked on ML,Infra,BI,analytics,databases,pipelines as a DE.its a really fun job and I’m getting headhunted like never before.
    The core research DS roles are great but analytics DS roles are boring.
    Aug 16 0
  • OP
    Thanks for that.. I am more of a coder but now thinking to switch
    Dec 1, 2017 0