Data Analyst vs. Database Administrator Jobs, Which Is Better?

Part 4 of 13 in the Series: Data Analyst Jobs or Careers or Work
Data Analyst vs. Database Administrator Jobs, Which Is Better?
Data Analyst vs. Database Administrator Jobs, Which Is Better?

Database Administrators are the Information Technology (IT) professionals responsible for keeping a database up to date and running.

Their responsibilities include: writing scripts and updating the database, keeping the database running 24/7, and backing up the database.

Database analysts are IT Professionals responsible for analyzing and reporting on the data in a database.

Their duties include reviewing the database design as well as the relationships between the tables in a database and analyzing / reporting trends, patterns and insights.

Nothing Great Was Ever Accomplished Without First Believing!

Part 26 of 26 in the Series: Why Can't I Find A Job?
Nothing Great Was Ever Accomplished Without First Believing!
Nothing Great Was Ever Accomplished Without First Believing!

This question was submitted by LaTonya, a US Military Veteran. LaTonya’s question is:

I trained in the US military as a Maintenance Systems Data Analyst, but only worked in my position for about 4 months before being honorably discharged.

In my current position, I have transitioned from being a full-time payroll clerk to handling most of the same duties that I did as a data analyst.

How can I extend that transition into my pay grade / title without having a degree?

How To Earn Significantly More Money, When Your Career Hits a Plateau!

Part 19 of 21 in the Series: Career Advice - Ask IT Career Coach
How To Earn Significantly More Money, When Your Career Hits a Plateau!
How To Earn Significantly More Money, When Your Career Hits a Plateau!

Have you you reached a plateau in your career?

If you have, consider becoming a contractor.

As a contractor, you may earn significantly more money (20% to 50% more) and you will find more challenging work for your skill sets.

In this post, I will show how you to minimize the risks while maximizing the benefits of being a contractor so that you end up with significantly more money in your pocket!

How To Jump-Start Your Career When It Stalls!

Part 17 of 19 in the Series: Success Principles
How To Jumpstart A Stalled Career!
How To Jumpstart A Stalled Career!

It has been said that to “keep doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results is the very definition of insanity.

On the other hand, “if you want something you have never hard, you must do something you have never done!

So, if your career is stagnating, step back and take an honest look at your work.

Is your work everything you had hoped for?

Oracle Or Microsoft Access, Which Is Better?

Part 16 of 20 in the Series: Career Paths for Database Professionals
Oracle Or Microsoft Access, Which Is Better For Me?
Oracle Or Microsoft Access, Which Is Better For Me?

Are you matching your strengths to your opportunities or are you just being ideological … interested only in following your own ideas even when they won’t get you any results?

Here is a situation that illustrates the challenges of being ideological versus being results oriented. It is a situation that illustrates the challenges of learning an enterprise software like Oracle compared to a poor man’s database like Microsoft Access.

Do You Want to Learn SAS Data Analysis?

Part 12 of 13 in the Series: Data Analyst Jobs or Careers or Work
How to Find a Well Paying Job?
How to Find a Well Paying Job?

What do you do when you apply for a job and realize that you don’t have all the software skills listed on the job posting?

You may decide to stop your job search and get training or certifications in all the software packages listed on the job posting.

But what if these are enterprise software packages costing thousands of dollars to learn, then what?

And what if you are talking about not just one but multiple software packages?

How to Get a Job in Web Data Analytics?

Part 11 of 13 in the Series: Data Analyst Jobs or Careers or Work
Web Analyst Jobs
Do You Want A Web Analytics Job?

With the ever-increasing focus on setting up an online presence or the increasing competitiveness of online businesses, there is a need for web data analysts who can help web-based business succeed or thrive online.

A web data analyst researches the activities of users as they interact with a website, identifies the measures critical to the survival of the web business and recommends actions in the form of web analytics reports for web managers, online marketing teams or business owners.

A Day In The Life Of A Data Analyst

Part 10 of 13 in the Series: Data Analyst Jobs or Careers or Work
Data Analysis: Profiting From Numbers
Data Analysis: Profiting From Numbers

Data Analysts have the opportunity to work in several different domains or sectors, for example as banking data analysts, retail data analysts, telecommunications data analysts and as marketing data analysts.

The marketing data analyst role is one of the more common ones and a marketing analyst may be found analyzing databases of prospects, leads and customers for the marketing department.

In this post, we will take a peak into the day of a marketing data analyst…

What Are The Required Skills for Entry-Level Data Analyst Jobs?

Part 9 of 13 in the Series: Data Analyst Jobs or Careers or Work
Entry Level Data Analyst Jobs
Which Skills Are Required For Entry Level Data Analyst Jobs?

Are there any required skills for entry-level data analyst job postings knowing that hiring managers are quite creative with their help wanted ads?

Keeping in mind that there is no “one size fits all” job requirement for data analysts or any information technology (IT) job, here are some of the more common skill requirements:

  • Number crunching, analytical or numerical skills & background
  • Reporting experience using Excel, Microsoft Access, Crystal Reports / Business Objects, SQL Server Reporting Services or any Graphing tool
  • Relational Database Design & Development with tools like MySQL, SQL Server, Microsoft Access or Oracle
  • A passion, interest, aptitude or background in number crunching or analytics

Many data analysts started out using Microsoft Access because it is a popular and versatile data analysis tool.

The Healthcare Data Analyst Job Description

Part 7 of 13 in the Series: Data Analyst Jobs or Careers or Work
healthcare data analyst job description
healthcare data analyst job description

Data Analysts interested in learning about the right tools, techniques or skills for their job, should read this.

I am going to address the challenges facing a data analyst” starting a healthcare data analyst job.

If you need help with a Question or Challenge, be sure to ask for help by posting a comment because I will answer it fully … just like I am answering this data analyst’s questions below!

How To Start A Healthcare Data Analyst Job?

Here is the challenging data analyst career situation:

How To Write Complicated Or Complex SQL Queries

Part 9 of 20 in the Series: Career Paths for Database Professionals
Master Complex SQL Queries
Master Complex SQL Queries

Many database professionals have a hard time writing complex, complicated or advanced SQL queries for the following reasons.

In a healthcare database project that I consulted on, I had to write fairly complicated and efficient SQL queries for physicians at several practices because of their specialized reporting requirements.

The real problem was not the complexity of the physicians database but it’s poor suitability to the physicians reporting needs.

Giving Effective Feedback to IT Professionals

Part 1 of 4 in the Series: IT Training Reviews
We Give Feedback!
We Give Feedback!

One of the challenges of self teaching, self learning, CBT courses or traditional class room training is the lack of personalized, one on one performance review or feedback.

Training courses where both instructors and trainees can post or respond to questions are few and far in between.

This is the case even when you pay thousands of dollars for traditional class room training!

This is because training providers typically have an in-flexible curriculum and a set amount of training time to communicate their message!

Career Spotlight on Microsoft Access Database Developers

Part 8 of 20 in the Series: Career Paths for Database Professionals
Microsoft Access Developer Career
Microsoft Access Developer Career

The Microsoft Access Relational Database has been around for a while and it is used in many businesses, Information Technology (IT) Teams and organizations.

Microsoft Access is commonly used in building desktop software applications, data analysis programs and corporate databases where the number of records are as few as 2 billion records or the number of users who access the system at any one time are as few as ten concurrent users.

Career Outlook for Business Intelligence (BI) or Data Warehousing (DW)

Part 7 of 20 in the Series: Career Paths for Database Professionals
Competing on Analytics
Competing on Analytics

Microsoft NET Developers are well compensated IT professionals because the workplace demand for skilled Microsoft.NET programmers outstrips the supply.

On the other hand, being a Microsoft .NET programmer can be tough because of the constant pressure to keep up with new technology!

So, this post addresses the challenges facing a Microsoft .NET Developer moving to Business Intelligence (BI) / Data Warehousing (DW):

Considering a Career Move from .NET Development to Business Intelligence (BI)?

I am currently working as a .net Developer (for the last 4 years mostly on contracting jobs).

The biggest problem I am facing is not being able to keep up with new .net components coming out everyday.

How Do I Transition Microsoft Access or Excel Data Analyst Skills?

Part 6 of 13 in the Series: Data Analyst Jobs or Careers or Work
The Data Analysts Career Path
The Data Analysts Career Path

This question was posted by a Microsoft Office Data Analyst who wants to know “How to Upgrade Microsoft Access or Excel Data Analysis skills!

If you need help with a Question or Challenge, be sure to ask it as a comment on this page and I will answer it fully just as I am answering this questions now!

The Challenge Facing A Microsoft Access or Excel Office Data Analyst

My toughest challenge I face today with my career is I am itching for a move within the company I work for.

Your Opinion Counts – What Makes A Good Data Analyst?

Ask a Burning Question
Ask a Burning Question

In reply to a question by a Statistician transitioning to a data analyst career, I posted the article Are Statistics Or SQL Skills Required In Data Analyst Careers?

My reply also included a Skills Gap Analysis for Statisticians or Mathematicians who want to become data analysts.

I got a comment from another Mathematician / Statistician which I have posted below.

Let me know if you have a comment or opinion or feedback on this issue … here is my reader’s comment:

Jonathan’s Opinion:

I just read through the article entitled ARE STATISTICS OR SQL SKILLS REQUIRED IN DATA ANALYST CAREERS?

Are Statistics Or SQL Skills Required In Data Analyst Careers?

Part 3 of 13 in the Series: Data Analyst Jobs or Careers or Work
Are Statistics or Sql Skills Required For Data Analyst Jobs?
Are Statistics or Sql Skills Required For Data Analyst Jobs?

This post answers a question about the educational training requirements for a Data Analyst Career.

If you have a Burning Question or a Challenge that you need help with, Click Here To Ask Your Question and I will answer it fully just as I am answering the question below!

Is Statistics / Sql Required For Data Analyst Jobs?

I have a degree in Statistics and I am finding it hard to get a data analyst job even though people from other backgrounds are able to get data analyst jobs.

What Software Skills Do Business Analysts Need?

Part 6 of 22 in the Series: The Business Analyst Job Description

Have you noticed the increasing demand for business analysts with stronger software skills or a wider range of skill sets?

Because this is a top hiring trend, business analysts have expressed concern about the range of skillsets requested for on job postings.

Some of these strong concerns are often worded as:

  • What software skills do business analysts need?

  • Should business analysts be made to learn computer programming?

  • Which software programs are required for business analysis jobs?

Beginner To Advanced SQL Skills In Hot Demand

Part 12 of 20 in the Series: Career Paths for Database Professionals
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California Gold Rush Of 1949

Beginner to Advanced SQL Skills are among the top-paying, hottest, in-demand tech skills.

The demand for SQL skills is strongest across the breadth of Information Technology careers that includes the business analyst, web developer, data analyst, report writer, computer programmer or IT manager.

This article explains the reason why IT professionals at different stages in their careers (beginners, intermediate or senior) experience a consistently high demand for beginner to advanced SQL Query Writing skills.

Live, Online, Hands-On, Instructor Led, Web Based Business Analyst Training

If you are interested in registering for Business Analyst Boot Camp, you need to consider the following information:

Business Analyst Career Roadmap Or Career Planning

BUSINESS ANALYST BOOT CAMP is for business analysts, data analysts, software developers, managers or IT professionals who want to master the core business analyst skills including:

a. UML

b. Requirements Gathering and Analysis

c. Use Cases

d. How to define Business Cases

e. How to define Project Vision and Scope

f. How to plan the Business Analysis Work

g. The Requirements Process, Definition and Documentation

Knowledge Workers Accept The Challenge To Be The Best Or Why IT Professionals Feel UnderValued

How you value knowledge tells me a lot about who you are … because knowledge capital is the most important resource in any organization.

In the digital age, what makes one employee more valuable than the next employee is simply stated … the amount of knowledge, skill, expertise, training and learning they have managed to acquire and put to use.

Now, managers are not interested in employees that know it all … only in employees that constantly put their knowledge capital to work by solving corporate problems or challenges … those employees are the gold mines in any organization.

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