Albert Einstein one of the greatest Mathematicians & Physicists of all time

Albert Einstein one of the greatest Mathematicians & Physicists of all time

Data Scientist V Data Engineer? As these roles have become particularly sexy in the IT industry we ask what are the real differences? 

Since I’ve been recruiting in the Big Data space for the past 4 years I’ve noticed Big Data product development shops & the IT industry in general creating this differentiation...

 

So what do these two roles actually do?

 

Data Scientist 

Basically a mathematician who uses a lot of mathematical & statistical modelling to work out what they want the data to do. They’re not hardcore developers so tend to use scripting languages (Python) & statistical tooling like MatLab & R Shiny.

 

Data Engineer 

This is a software developer who works with the data to put the rigour & engineering around it to create a robust software product. They’ll code in native languages like Scala for Spark, C++, Java or C#.Net & work with the Big Data platform technologies like Hadoop, HDFS, Spark, TenserFlow etc interacting with tools like Git, Docker and creating UIs for users to interact with BIG Data building these in web - JavaScript, React, Node etc.

 

So let's check out a few infographics to highlight the differences....

 

Source: Data Camp blog https://www.datacamp.com/community/blog/data-scientist-vs-data-engineer

Source: Data Camp blog https://www.datacamp.com/community/blog/data-scientist-vs-data-engineer

Source: Data Camp blog https://www.datacamp.com/community/blog/data-scientist-vs-data-engineer

Source: Data Camp blog https://www.datacamp.com/community/blog/data-scientist-vs-data-engineer

 

So I hope that helps explain the differences and no doubt as this fascinating area continues to grow (or should I say scale ;-) other roles will continue to morph.

 

We currently have a variety of Data Science & Data Engineering roles live in Christchurch, New Zealand please check out:

 

Data Scientist

 

Senior Data Scientist

 

Data Analytics Engineer

 

Data Engineer

 

Senior Data Engineer

 

I'm Founder & Principal Consultant of Sunstone, an IT Recruitment & HR company specialising in recruiting IT roles within data science, data engineering, software, web, mobile, development & networks in Christchurch & South Island of New Zealand.

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