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Data Engineer

A data engineer builds the pipelines to connect data input to analysis.

Includes Python 3, SQL, pandas, PySpark, Git, MongoDB, and more.

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  • Time to complete

    26 Weeks
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About this career path

Data Engineers make data usable and are essential to the field of Data Science. In this Career Path, you’ll learn how to create robust and resilient data pipelines to connect data sources to analytics tools. By the time you’re done, you’ll have the well-rounded skills needed to enter this in-demand job market.

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17 units • 67 lessons • 59 projects • 58 quizzes
  • 1

    Welcome to the Data Engineer Career Path

    Discover what you will learn on your journey to becoming a Data Engineer!

  • 2

    Python Fundamentals for Data Engineers

    Learn the fundamentals of Python, and build your data engineering foundation.

  • 3

    SQL Fundamentals for Data Engineers

    Learn how to create, manage, and protect relational databases with SQL.

  • 4

    Python Pandas for Data Engineers

    Learn the basics of Pandas, an industry standard Python library that provides tools for data manipulation and analysis.

  • 5

    Advanced SQL for Data Engineers

    Keep building your SQL skills with advanced techniques and hands-on practice.

  • 6

    Data Wrangling, Cleaning, and Tidying

    Clean, well-structured data is essential to data science but cleaning data requires both a keen eye and technical skills. Develop both here!

  • 7

    Getting Started Off-Platform for Data Engineers

    Learn how to do data engineering projects on your own computer locally!

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