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 …
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.
Are you wondering about who this situation involves? You are safe my friend because today, I will mainly be talking about me 🙂
This post answers a question submitted to [Ask IT Career Coach], a Career Advice Column that offers practical answers, help or solutions for your most challenging career situations.
What Are The Entry Level Requirements For Database Professional Jobs?
A reader from Rockville, Maryland wants to become a database professional and is concerned about age-based preferences, discrimination, educational qualifications and entry level hiring requirements for database professional jobs!
What is your opinion regarding online it degrees? More specifically, Master’s degrees in database technology?
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.
Career Paths for Database Professionals
Here is a comprehensive list of database career paths and their respective roles, duties, responsibilities and skill sets.
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?
The report writer as a key member of the database, sql or data analytics team is responsible for creating, validating, distributing and documenting the reports required by an organization.
Report Writers work with various types of relational databases, sql query writing and report writing tools because they need to retrieve, aggregate and present data from different databases including Oracle, SQL Server or ODBC Compliant Databases.
Since it is not practical or feasible for Report Writers to learn or master all the available database reporting tools, they specialize in a few and then learn any additional reporting tool come along on the job!