Database careers are a mystery to those on the outside! This is partly because the work done by database professionals is not as visible as that done by professionals like business analysts or project managers.
So, in this series, I will discuss database or SQL careers by answering questions such as:
What do database / SQL jobs involve?
What is the database / SQL industry like?
What are the career options for database or SQL professionals?
What challenges do database or SQL professionals face?
Why would anyone recommend database or SQL careers?
I would start by recommending that you master working with relational database and SQL
Why Do I Recommend Learning SQL / RDBMS?
Shorter Learning Curve – SQL and Relational Database careers in Microsoft Access, MySQL and SQL Server have a shorter learning curve compared to business analyst or computer programming careers!
So, if you are just entering the workforce and you don’t have strong software development or business analysis or project management skills, I recommend that you start learning SQL.
Click here for more information on how to learn SQL or Relational Databases.
More Portable Skill – SQL or Database professionals are employed in most industries because databases are essential to business operations.
SQL professionals are usually not restricted to a specific industry or domain. SQL skills can also be ported from one platform like MySQL to another like SQL Server in a reasonable amount of time.
One good thing about mastering SQL or Relational Database is that your knowledge stays relevant over long periods of time.
That’s why participants in the SQL Boot Camp build strong relational database skills as a foundation for their long-term SQL or database careers.
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Constantly In Demand – My consulting career accelerated when I mastered a relational database product known as Microsoft Access in the nineties!
Microsoft Access made database design and development so easy that everyone including office users, business analysts, data analysts, project managers and business users all started creating databases.
The databases created by these power users worked for a while until they started failing because of poor relational database design.
That is when I usually got called … to clean up the mess made by everyone else!
Now the database industry has changed. Microsoft Access is no longer the de-facto office database because corporations now store data in enterprise databases like SQL Server.
So, you need a strong understanding of relational database design and development for enterprise database jobs.
So, click here to start learning proper relational database design and development principles.
Lighter Technical Skill – SQL or Relational Database skills are sometimes required for business analyst job openings
SQL / RDBMS skills are also considered required skills for software development, data analyst, report writing and business intelligence jobs!
SQL / RDBMS are either a “nice to have” or required skill because tech workers are expected to manipulate or interact with databases without asking for assistance!
Note that, lack of good SQL or Relational Database skills can create problems for your career because it’s a frequently used technical skill! So, click here to get started … why waste more time?