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Essential Books You Need to Become a Data Engineer

In this article, I will go through the roadmap of books you need to become a Data Engineer.

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Books - the good old way of learning. Some people may prefer to do courses, whereas some people just want to bury their heads in a book. In this article, I will be going through the roadmap of books you need in order to become a Data Engineer. 

Before I start that, let’s quickly overview what a Data Engineer is


What is a Data Engineer?


Data Engineering is a part of Data Science. Data Scientists are responsible for exploring the data and then building machine learning algorithms to solve the task or problem. Whilst Data Engineers' focus is more concerned about making these algorithms work effectively and the creation of data pipelines. 

Data Engineers are responsible for setting up and maintaining the organization's data infrastructure. Other responsibilities include:

  • Data acquisition
  • Developing, building, testing, and maintaining architectures that are in line with the business requirements
  • Improving the data accuracy, efficiency, and quality
  • Perform predictive and prescriptive modeling
  • Implementing analytical tools, machine learning, and statistical methods
  • Communicate findings with stakeholders


The Books You Need to Get There


The Fundamentals


So let’s start off with the fundamentals of Data Engineering. 


More Specialised


Once you understand the fundamentals well, your next aim would be to become more specialised in your area of interest. 


Data Architecture and Management



Go Above and Beyond


Depending on what position you want to be at as a Data Engineer, there is always more that you can learn. If it’s to land yourself a specific job or just have the knowledge, below are some books that can help you achieve this


Wrapping It Up


When it comes to the fundamentals, you want to be able to cover all those aspects and topics. They will provide you with the foundation of your Data Engineering career and from there onwards, you can choose what you are more interested in and where you see yourself in the next 5-10 years. 

If you are interested in taking some courses whilst you’re learning to test your knowledge, have a read of this article: Free Data Engineering Courses

Good luck!

Nisha Arya is a Data Scientist and Freelance Technical Writer. She is particularly interested in providing Data Science career advice or tutorials and theory based knowledge around Data Science. She also wishes to explore the different ways Artificial Intelligence is/can benefit the longevity of human life. A keen learner, seeking to broaden her tech knowledge and writing skills, whilst helping guide others.