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What's the best way to switch from Data Engineer to SWE? Should I do a boot camp or master's to learn the fundamentals of algorithms? My company would also be supportive in a lateral transition too. End goal would probably be SWE at FAANG

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What's your background? I've seen CS graduates be data engineers to business analysts who call themselves data engineers with the minimal knowledge of Python / R or just a tool. Your transition to swe will depend on which category you belong to.

Agree with them all. SWE is such a broad field that you almost have to end up picking a specialization, which might as well be data engineering. Do you already know Spark and Scala? There are definitely ways you can leverage your existing data/analytics background to transition into a more technical data engineering role, if that's what you're interested in.

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What's wrong with data engineering? I know lots of people trying to transition the opposite direction

At higher bands there's more overlap. You're career will become more focused on writing packages and frameworks for your team on a Data Engineering path

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