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.

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?

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?

I am also interested in dong the SQL and database design course.

10 Techniques to Keep Ahead of Your Competition

10 Techniques to Keep Ahead of Your Competition
10 Techniques to Keep Ahead of Your Competition

A recent Harvard Business Review (HBR) suggests that the information we need to do our job is doubling every 18 months, and that we are running harder and harder to keep up with the required knowledge for our specialized fields.

In this post, I will present 10 techniques that will help you keep ahead of the competition and / or changes in your industry.

This Type Of Hands-On Experience Can JumpStart Your Career!

This Type of Experience Will JumpStart Your Career!
This Type of Experience Will JumpStart Your Career!

Not all experience is created equal. Some types of project experience count as being more relevant than others simply because employers place a higher value on them. Here is why:

Getting experience in areas that require innovation or cutting edge skills for example counts more because that is where a lot of money is being spent and where there is more exposure or risk!

Employers hire those with experience in the types of projects they are financially vested in, so they can increase their chances of success or mitigate risk, makes sense right?

Is Business Analysis A Good Fit For My Personality Type?

Is Business Analysis For Me?
Is Business Analysis For Me?

[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 post, I will answer questions on business analysis and software developer careers. Here is the first question:

Is Business Analysis A Good Fit For a Programmer With An ENFP Personality Type?

This question was submitted by Brenna (a computer programmer from South Africa), whose personality type on the Myers Briggs Personality Test is: ENFP (Extroverted, Intuitive, Feeling, Perceiving).

Brenna codes with Cobol, Java, SQL, JavaScript, HTML, Flash and is burnt out of coding!

Will Better Database Design Improve Sql Query Performance?

will database design improve sql queries performance?
will database design improve sql queries performance?

Well, I get a number of questions on the relationship between learning and practicing better relational database design principles and writing better, faster or more efficient Sql queries.

In this post, I will answer all these questions or the variations of them that focus on the necessity of learning database design when all you want to do is to write sql queries!

Here are some of the variations of this question:

  1. Do I need to master relational database design in other to write better Sql queries?

Is Learning Sql Online So Hard?

Is Learning Sql Online So Hard?
Is Learning Sql Online So Hard?

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?

Oracle Or Microsoft Access, Which Is Better?

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.

Are you wondering about who this situation involves? You are safe my friend because today, I will mainly be talking about me 🙂

How to Get a Job in Web Data Analytics?

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.

The Database Administrator (DBA) Job Description

Database Administrator (DBA)'s Job Description
Database Administrator (DBA)'s Job Description

In this issue, I will be answering a question submitted by a reader on “The Roles, Responsibilities or Job Description of Database Administrators (DBAs)“.

You can Ask IT Career Coach your toughest or most pressing questions and I will answer it fully just as I am answering this reader’s question below!

If you enjoy reading this post, please be sure to … Share this Post with Friends

Here is the reader’s question::

About The Database Administrator’s (DBA) Job Description

I am a final year BE student interested in developing a career in DBA

Programming Interviews Exposed: Secrets to Landing Your Next Job

how to: ace technical interviews and land jobs
how to: ace technical interviews and land jobs

This question was submitted by Vijay who needs advice on “how to ace programming interviews and land the next job!

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 Vijay’s questions below!

Question: How To Impress Hiring Manager at Programming Interviews

Here is the question submitted by Vijay:

On my last job I was given a technical test to write nested SQL queries.

Career Spotlight on Microsoft Access Database Developers

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.

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.

Database Careers – Why Learn SQL Or RDBMS?

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 challenges do database or SQL professionals face?

How to Become a Freelance Programmer

Choose a Freelance Consulting Career
Choose a Freelance Career

This question was posted by Mallory who needs advice on “how to begin a freelance software developer career!”

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 Mallory’s questions below!

Mallory’s Questions Are:

I have started an account on scriptlance which is for programmers. However I am not a professional programmer.

I joined because I was looking for genuine data entry jobs i could do as a freelancer.

Learn SQL Online – The Easy Way!

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.

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?

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.

SQL – Third Most In-Demand Skill

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There is an article on Elance that says that SQL skills are currently the third, most in-demand skill on the Elance job network

Elance for those of you who’ve never heard of it, is one of the top job sites for freelancers or remote workers or offsite consultants

You may not have heard of Elance because you’ve always worked a full-time job and you don’t know much about the freelancing or moonlighting world or perhaps you have worked freelance jobs, but for some reason, have never heard of Elance.

How To Land A Good Tech Job

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This post is an answer to a question asked by Tom Moore about how To Get A Good IT Job. You may click here to read the original question or add your own question or comment to the discussion.

The original post is a No Holds Barred Discussion on challenges, problems or issues facing my readers. If you have a Burning Question or Challenge you need help with, be sure to add your question to that page and i will answer it fully just as I am answering Tom’s question below!

SQL Interview Questions Part 1

If you want to master working with SQL or are preparing for a SQL Interview, you already know that answering SQL interview questions is key to getting hired for a SQL job.sql interview questions

What you may not know is that the importance of learning SQL Interview Questions goes beyond just getting a job!

Believe it or not, getting a SQL job is not as hard as keeping the job after you get it!

In this article I will share the most effective strategies for acing SQL interview questions, getting a job or keeping a SQL job after you get it!

Beginner To Advanced SQL Skills In Hot Demand

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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.

How to Learn SQL or Databases

How To Learn SQL or Databases Online
How To Learn SQL or Databases Online

The demand for SQL query writing or database skills is tied to the high demand for web, intranet and internet application development skills

Organizations invest in web projects because they need to automate their business operations as it grows in complexity, expands in size or becomes more profitable.

This post addresses the following questions:

  • Why is SQL query writing skills needed?
  • What do SQL query writers do?
  • How can you become a SQL query writer?
  • What makes SQL query writers different from other developers?