Big Data Engineer

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What is a Big Data Engineer

Using technical skills, you could develop software that collects and analyses vast quantities of potentially vital information.

Design systems that analyses human genomes to create new medicines or co-ordinate large-scale development efforts with governments to reduce crime, poverty and environmental damage.

Top 3 job tasks:

  • Creating and maintaining complex distributed computer systems that collect data.
  • Programming software to process high volumes of important information.
  • Designing mathematical algorithms that simplify data analysis.

Getting in and Qualifications


There are a variety of qualifications that will equip you with the necessary skills to become Big Data Engineers.

Useful subjects:

  • Business
  • Economics
  • Computer Science

A Foundation Apprenticeship in Software Development provides a recognised qualification and practical experience that can demonstrate desirable skills when applying for a relevant role or further education.

Entry requirements for courses can change. Always contact the college, university or training provider to check exactly what you will need.


Most Big Data Engineers will have relevant qualifications in mathematical and technological fields including:

  • Computer Science
  • Software Engineering
  • Electronic Systems
  • Statistics

Big Data Engineers typically have one or more further education qualifications at either Higher National Certificate, Higher National Diploma, degree or postgraduate level.