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.
Learning new Information Technology (IT) skills is typically thought of as painful because the Study Textbooks used in the Information Technology (IT) industry are usually written by geeks for a geeky, hard-core, technical audience.
This is why one of the challenges facing professionals today is how to overcome the difficulty, complexity or high learning curves typically associated with learning new Information Technology (IT) skills.
Keeping in mind that Sql or Database skills are useful in any industry including financial, insurance, banking or information technology sectors, wouldn’t it be really helpful if learning Sql or databases was made easy?
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?
While a fair amount of the work that goes into creating, maintaining or optimizing databases is hidden from decision makers, the work that goes into creating reports is immediately visible to management and so, must be given a good deal of attention.
This post is written as a guide for creating SQL based reports. It helps ensure that high quality, valid, reliable reports are created by report writers.
After reading this post, you would have a formal process for creating SQL reports and a step by step guide for reporting on data contained in AS400, Oracle, SQL Server, Microsoft Access or some other database platform.
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.
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.
Based on experience gathered from consulting on several database or data analysis projects, I have observed that writing complex or complicated SQL queries, may prove challenging because of the following:
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.
The ease with which Microsoft access database developers create functional relational databases, add data entry forms, build reports and distribute their database projects to multiple users creates a market for skilled Microsoft Access Relational Database developers.
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.