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.
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!