TLDR; Data Engineering is the most important job title in your company that should have head count zero. Hint: just hire more Data Scientists. My thoughts on Data Engineering Please take everything said here as an opinion piece meant to be thought provoking. Definition: in this article “data engineer” is referring to the “ETL” consultant to the Data Science Team. If you’re a data engineer building data inrfastructure and reusable software components to empower the data science team, then please keep doing that.