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Data Development & Analysis

Big Data Engineer

Today, almost every action we take leaves some kind of digital trail. We generate data every time we go online, make a purchase or carry our GPS equipped smartphone; we leave a digital footprint with every digital action we make. Through the ‘datification’ of the world, advances in storage and analytics mean we can capture, store and read many different types of data, using cutting edge analytics like artificial intelligence, robotics and machine learning to make sense of our human experience.

Big Data works on the principle that the more you know about something, the more reliably you can gain new insights and make predictions about what might happen in the future. Evidently, this has huge implications for technology and businesses, and the demand for skilled Big Data Engineers is projected to rapidly grow. 

Data is a key asset in its own right; platform technology businesses that are entirely fuelled by data are amongst the most successful companies in the world. For example; think of Apple’s business-wide use of data, promoting granular level insights to understand its customer.

Big Data is transforming industries on a grand scale, from healthcare to retail, manufacturing to farming, Big Data and Big Data Engineers are increasingly indispensable to professional services we use every day. Whilst a Data Scientist is more focused on advanced mathematical and statistical analysis, a Big Data Engineer is responsible for the creation and maintenance of analytics and infrastructure that enables almost every other function in the data world.

A good Big Data Engineer is often well versed in machine learning and advanced statistical modelling, a hybrid of sorts between an analyst and scientist, responsible for the development, maintenance and testing of architectures or databases, managing data workflows, pipelines and ETL processes. A good Big Data Engineer is likely to have knowledge of SQL, Python, Cloud platforms like AWS, programming languages such as Java and Scala, data modelling and warehousing, and operating systems (e.g. UNIX /Linux / Solaris).

Big Data Engineers play a critical role in explaining the ‘bigger picture’ to decision makers. Therefore, Big Data Engineers have huge value, across all industries. Salary for a Big Data Engineer is likely to vary depending on experience and the role itself, with Big Data Engineer roles in London likely to offer more.

Big Data Engineer is just one area of the world of Big Data – there are multiple job titles and specialisations within Data Engineering. This includes Business Intelligence Engineer, Machine Learning Engineer, Computer Vision Engineer, Data Warehouse Engineer, Data Architect, Database Developer, ETL Developer, Big Data Analyst, Quantitative Analyst and more.

If you are interested in a Big Data Engineer role across Australia, call one of our specialist consultants today.


Melbourne, Australia, is considered one of the ‘most liveable’ cities in the world. Melbourne boasts a well-connected transport network, low crime rates and plenty of jobs, plus a vibrant arts and culture scene, first rate universities and more. And we haven’t even mentioned the fantastic weather, beaches or great food yet!

Melbourne is also considered an excellent location to birth a start-up. There are many grants available to anyone wanting to start a business in Melbourne that represents creativity, innovation, business readiness or financial viability, so Melbourne successfully attracts some top tech talent.

Not only does Melbourne offer a fantastic quality of life, but it’s also incredibly tech-career friendly. Melbourne is a place of fast growth and facilitates a thriving tech scene where established industry innovators, global tech giants and early-stage start-ups co-exist well.

The state and the federal government have initiated campaigns to grow and capitalise on the start-up ecosystem in Melbourne, so the Melbourne tech sector has grown year on year and is home to companies of all sizes. Google, IBM, Infosys are just some of the global tech giants that have a base in Melbourne.

The Melbourne tech scene offers a very strong ‘meet up’ culture, supporting the student community to learn about the industry, network and learn about employment across a range of tech sectors.

From the quality of life to the start-up culture, talent pool and diverse range of companies, Melbourne ticks a lot of boxes for a prospective candidate looking for a job in tech. If you’re passionate about work-life balance but also want the chance to accelerate your career and be part of a thriving tech community, Melbourne could be the place for you.

Client Server is currently recruiting for a number of tech jobs in Melbourne, Sydney and the rest of Australia. If you’re looking for a new role and would like to discuss your options with one of our consultants, get in touch today.

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