Data Engineers are Becoming the Most In-demand Tech Job

Making use of data is what data engineers do. As more software creates more data, more companies will need more data engineers. But, according to a newly released report by Stitch and Galvanize, there are only 6,500 self-reported data engineers but more than 6,600 job openings in the San Francisco Bay area alone.

That’s a massive gap and it’s only going to grow.

This is a subject we’ve covered before when we wrote about the demand for healthcare analytics professionals. That’s still true today and only becoming more and more important and challenging.

What’s interesting about the data above is that the demand for data engineers is growing not only in healthcare, but in almost every industry. There are sensors in cars, planes, houses, and pretty much every aspect of our lives. All of that data is being collected with the hopes of improving the lives we live. That is why demand for data engineers is only going to grow.

The great thing about health data is that it’s so meaningful. If a data engineer can successfully glean insights from health data, they can literally save lives. That’s a powerful motivator and recruitment tool for those of us in healthcare trying to recruit data engineers. More and more millennials want to work for mission-driven organizations. What is more mission driven than improving healthcare?

If you’re not familiar with data science, check out this book Data Science for Dummies, written by Lillian Pierson. It will give you a good starting point for building your data science skills which will be much needed in healthcare going forward.

About the author

John Lynn

John Lynn

John Lynn is the Founder of the, a network of leading Healthcare IT resources. The flagship blog, Healthcare IT Today, contains over 13,000 articles with over half of the articles written by John. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 20 million times.

John manages Healthcare IT Central, the leading career Health IT job board. He also organizes the first of its kind conference and community focused on healthcare marketing, Healthcare and IT Marketing Conference, and a healthcare IT conference,, focused on practical healthcare IT innovation. John is an advisor to multiple healthcare IT companies. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can be found on Twitter: @techguy.