News on the jobs front in the country has been rather grim. With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic wreaking havoc, job cuts have become normal across the industry. However, amidst all the job losses, there has been a rise in data engineering jobs in India. Gaurav Vohra, cofounder and CEO, Jigsaw Academy tells Dataquest viewers more about this trend.
DQ: Data Engineering jobs seem to be on the rise in India. What has led to this development?
Gaurav Vohra: Last year almost all organisations, irrespective of the domain they were in, went on to leverage technology to the fullest to drive innovation, optimise processes and thrive in the market. Needless to say, data in turn became the principal source for businesses to survive and prosper. In any organisation, the fundamental data science strategy will cover data infrastructure, data storage, data mining, data modelling, data crunching, and metadata management. While Data Scientists are responsible for analysing, testing, aggregating, refining and conveying data to the enterprise, Data Engineers lay the foundation for these projects. They essentially perform three pivotal tasks – designing, building and arranging data pipelines for the team of Data Scientists to work on. Now companies have understood the importance and need for Data Engineers in order to help in the successful implementation of their data strategies. Thus, spiking the demand for proficient Data Engineers and rise in job openings in the country.
DQ: Are there enough skilled individuals as far as data engineering jobs are concerned?
Gaurav Vohra: While several businesses are beginning to acknowledge the significance of Data Engineers, the lack of talent is all too real. In job portals like LinkedIn, there are more than 19,000+ Data Engineer job vacancies in the country today. This means the number of open positions for Data Engineers is almost five times greater than that of Data Scientists.
DQ: What must students do in order to be eligible for these jobs?
Gaurav Vohra: Data Engineers need expertise in software engineering, programming languages, and a strong understanding of core technical skills. High-level knowledge of ETL, SQL and Java, Scala, and Python is a must. In order to be eligible for Data Engineering jobs, learners need to upskill themselves and build these aforementioned skills. A student can develop these skills by pursuing an online certification course in the Data Science domain from established institutes.
DQ: Are educational institutions in India at par with universities abroad when education in emerging technologies are concerned?
Gaurav Vohra: Educational institutions in India are still evolving and embracing digital technology in their teaching methodologies where education in emerging technologies is concerned. EdTech companies are the sole reason behind this transformation. The Indian Edtech sector has accomplished a great deal in a short span of time, say 5-7 years, and also established global standards. Today, India has 30+ EdTech companies that are adept in emerging technologies and offer upskilling opportunities to freshers and professionals equally.