Can data engineer become a machine learning engineer?

By - Kaustubh • 1 month ago • 17.8k views

A data engineer can become a machine learning engineer with proper training. Keep in mind that being a data engineer is not a prerequisite for becoming a machine learning engineer.

I find this question very similar to Can data engineer become a data scientist?. Do take a look at that discussion as well.

Data engineering is an emerging field in the big-data domain and there's a growing demand for data engineers.

A typical data engineer role involves collecting data, creating data pipelines, verifying the data, correcting it and making it available for further consumption. The role requires dealing with cloud tools provided by AWS, Google and Microsoft Azure. There are programming languages for data engineers that help solve data handling problems.

A machine learning aka ML engineer on the other hand is required to implement machine learning algorithms. There are several libraries and tools that ML engineers use. More specifically, machine learning engineers need to have an in-depth knowledge of computer programming. Google Tensorflow is an important library to make a start as a machine learning engineer.

Therefore, a data engineer can become a machine learning engineer; but it's not a prerequisite. Let me know if anyone has questions about this topic.


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