To excel as an Azure Data Engineer, proficiency in SQL and data modeling is crucial. Additionally, expertise in Azure services such as Azure Data Factory, Azure Databricks, and Azure Synapse Analytics is essential. Strong programming skills, especially in languages like Python or Scala, are beneficial. Knowledge of data integration, ETL processes, and familiarity with cloud architecture, data security, and compliance are vital. Problem-solving, collaboration, and continuous learning are key skills for adapting to the evolving landscape of Azure data services. If you are aspiring to get into this field, then check out this video about Upendra Joshi and how he became an Azure Data Engineer with a 300% salary hike just after completing Intellipaat's devops and cloud computing.