Which Is Better: A Computer Programmer Or Database Developer Career?

Is Computer Programming Or Database Development A Better Career?
Is Computer Programming Or Database Development A Better Career?

[Ask IT Career Coach] is a Career Advice Column for Information Technology (IT) professionals looking for answers to their most challenging career situations.

In this issue, the question of: “Which Career Path Is Better: Software Developer Or Database Developer Career?” submitted by Rinda from Georgia is answered.

Software Developer Careers Now Require Database Development Skills!

Right now, a dual enrollment in the SQL Boot Camp is also required for your enrollment in the Software Developer Boot Camp.

Which Do You Learn First: Database Design Or Computer Programming?

Which Do I Learn First: Database Design Or Computer Programming?
Which Do I Learn First: Database Design Or Computer Programming?

Starting out in the Information Technology (IT) industry, two of the most popular, marketable and portable skills are Relational Database Design / SQL Query Writing and Computer Programming / Web Software Development.

Considering the demand for each of these skills, a reader wants advice on which skill should be tacked first: computer programming vs. relational database development.

Advice: Which Do You Learn First: Database Design Or Computer Programming?

I will advice you to learn both computer programming and database design at the same time if you can afford the investment of time, effort and money but if you have to start with only one, learn database design + sql query writing first and here is why …

Non-Traditional Database Careers for Men and Women – Part 1

Non-Traditional Database Careers for Men and Women - Part 1
Non-Traditional Database Careers for Men and Women – Part 1

For several personal or professional reasons, “you may be considering non-traditional database career paths” … jobs that allow you to work with databases in some capacity without the trappings of typical, traditional full-time database developer jobs.

In this article I will answer a question posted by “Kimberly Joy from Montreal, Quebec, Canada”. Kimberly has a QA background and wants to get back into the Information Technology (IT) industry as a part-time database developer.

This article is Part 1 of a series on Non-Traditional career opportunities in the IT Industry.

Do You Have A Career Development Plan?

Part 20 of 20 in the Series: Career Paths for Database Professionals
Who Is Responsible For My Career?
Who Is Responsible For My Career?

Lurline from Jamaica, feels stuck in her current career and wants to be a database / business intelligence analyst. Here is Lurline’s question

Initially my goal was to become a business / Business Intelligence analyst but I have not gotten the chance to get the hands on that is so necessary.

At age 45 I think it has gotten worse I am thinking of changing career.

How can I get exposure to the top BI software and tools?

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.

7 Top Database Careers In High Demand

Part 10 of 20 in the Series: Career Paths for Database Professionals
database careers in demand
database careers in demand

The 7 Top, In-Demand Database Careers

Database skills are foundational to jobs in the IT Industry.

By that, I mean whether you’re a business analyst, software tester, project manager, software developer or even a web designer, you’ll be using relational database and sql query writing skills at some time in your career.

Database or SQL skills are also important because they position you for multiple careers paths ranging from that of the database developer to the data mining professional.

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.

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.

Database Careers – Why Learn SQL Or RDBMS?

Part 6 of 20 in the Series: Career Paths for Database Professionals
Learn the Right Way!
Learn the Right Way!

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 Is The Demand for SQL Skills?

Learn SQL Online - The Easy Way!
Learn SQL Online - The Easy Way!

SQL, also known as the Structured Query Language is used to query, retrieve and extract data from relational databases or define and create relational database structures including tables, views etc.

SQL skills are in-demand partly because of it’s portability. A skilled SQL professional can work on a wide variety of relational database platforms including Microsoft SQL Server, IBM’s DB2, Oracle, MySQL, Microsoft Access, Dbase, Foxpro.

What is the Demand for SQL Skills?

SQL skills are useful in a number of careers including database developers, report writers, business analysts, computer programmers, web developers, testers, data analysts, etc.

Interested in Learning SQL?

Ask a Burning Question
Ask IT Career Coach

If you are interested in learning more about SQL Skills or becoming a Database Professional, send inyour questions now and I will answer them for you … right away!

Your questions may be about how to get a database developer job or how to improve your SQL query writing skills or how to become a database developer.

Perhaps your question is about how to get back into the database career track after a period of unemployment or about how to learn the relevant database skills for your job or employer. Whatever they are, go ahead and send in your questions and I will answer them for you.

Learn SQL Online – The Easy Way!

Part 1 of 20 in the Series: Career Paths for Database Professionals
Learn Sql Online - The Easy Way!
Learn Sql Online - The Easy Way!

SQL Boot Camp is the hands-on, beginner to advanced level guide to learning SQL online.

You are shown, instructed or coached on how to write best-practice SQL code in an instructor-led, convenient and interactive web-based SQL course.

You gain mastery of SQL query writing, database design or database development by practicing as you learn from sql instructors using multiple videos, quizzes and hands-on database projects.

Why Learn SQL Online?

Databases are everywhere and virtually every firm or organization has multiple databases.

Get The Hottest In-Demand, SQL Skills Or Database Career

In-Demand SQL Skills
In-Demand SQL Skills

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Another SAVINGS PLAN available TODAY is the Job Search + Resumes + Interview Coaching at a 15% Discount.

With this plan you may add the SQL Boot Camp Training Plan to the Job Search + Resume + Interview Coaching Plan today and get an immediate savings of 15%.

Limited Time Offer … Don’t Miss Out

So, let me summarize the SQL Training Offers available to you today:

How To Become a Database Developer

Part 2 of 20 in the Series: Career Paths for Database Professionals

Top Paying Skills in High Demand
Top Paying Skills in High Demand
Employment Prospects for Database Developers

Database Developers are in-demand in the healthcare, telecommunications, financial, manufacturing industries or in firms where data needs to be stored, retrieved or maintained.

  • Database developers work with data analysts while importing data from legacy systems into new database structures.

  • Database developers work with report developers in designing and reporting on data and business trends.

  • Database developers work with system architects or software developers in defining data storage, retrieval or archival systems for business software application needs.

Announcing Payment Plans – Limited Time Offer

Announcing Payment Plans

Our readers have been asking if they can get a payment plan on the Software Developer Boot Camp or the Business Analyst Boot Camp. I am happy to announce that the answer is yes.
In addition the new payment plans include a 50% discount if you sign up right away. This offer expires Midnight, February 2, 2009. So hurry to take advantage of the limited time discount. Click here for more information

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.

SQL Training – Database Courses – Live Online Classes

The technical skill most in demand or frequently asked for on business analyst job postings, computer programmer jobs, data analyst positions, report writer job openings or most software development job postings is relational database management skills including SQL programming, database design, database development and SQL querying skills.

Are you surprised or in doubt?

Take a look at the job postings for business analysts, computer programmers, data analysts or database developer jobs and you will see that the technical skills common to all software development professions include:

  1. Relational database design skills

  2. Relational database development skills

What Is The Fastest Way To Learn Any Skill?

What is the fastest way to learn a technical, business skill or life skill?

Is any of these the fastest way to learn a skill?

1. Articles, tutorials or books?

2. Video or CD based courses?

3. Audio or MP3 based courses?

My Career Makeover Secret

If you have been following my blog, you probably know by now that I was educated as a chemical engineer.

However, I changed my career to information technology after I graduated and started work.