How to Hire a Data Architect

Does your growing business need a Data Architect? Data Architects are responsible for designing and implementing your data architecture, meaning how your data is going to be stored, who will have access to it, and how it will be managed.

Here are some tips to help you find great Data Architect candidates and make the right hire for your business.

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Salary Information

  • Common wage in US: $73.43 hourly
  • Typical wages range from $31.00$119.00 hourly
  • Find more information on Indeed Salary

*Indeed data (US) – Jan 2019

Why hire a Data Architect?

The need for new staff can affect both your existing team and your bottom line. A great Data Architect can help your business:

• Design and build a data infrastructure and workflow that fits your business needs
• Develop data policies and procedures as aligned with your business logic
• Optimize your existing database or make recommendations for redesigning the architecture including shifting to a new database

Skills to look for in a great Data Architect

A great Data Architect candidate will have the following skills and attributes as well as work experience that reflects:

• Bachelor’s in computer science or a related discipline
• SQL, NoSQL, Python experience
• Knowledge of different types of database systems and functions including data warehousing and data lakes
• Detail oriented
• Excellent communication skills
• Ability to work with different teams

Writing a Data Architect job description

A complete job description will attract high quality Data Architect candidates. A thorough Data Architect job description includes a compelling summary of the role, a detailed list of duties and responsibilities, and the required and preferred skills for the position.

Consider including keywords that job seekers are using to search for Data Architect jobs, such as:

• Data Architect
• Data Modeler
• Data Engineer

Interviewing Data Architect candidates

Strong candidates for Data Architect positions will be confident answering questions regarding:

• SQL, NoSQL, Python
• Backup and recovery techniques for data
• Performance tuning, data ingestion and database optimization

See our list of interview questions for more examples.

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