IT provides a wide and growing job market, offering many excellent opportunities in both career development and earning potential. Today we’ll take a look at several very interesting SQL/Database-related jobs.
Every year, many in the work force set their sights and aim for new and better jobs. When it comes to jobs, “better” means different things to different people, but earning potential is almost always a top priority. Enter the growing field of IT, in which new challenges wait around every corner! For those prepared with the right skills, the IT career field boasts excellent opportunities and some of the highest salaries. Jobs related to SQL/databases are some of the most promising. Perhaps in the following list of jobs, you’ll find one that’s perfect for you!
Data Analyst – median $58,023 per year*
Data analysis is the process of collecting and refining information for the purpose of improving business decisions. But what does this mean in practice? Let’s take a transport company as our example. By gathering information about how often people use individual bus lines, the company can optimize its service strategy. Perhaps analysis of such data reveals that some lines are far less frequently used than others. In such a case certain lines may be deleted or rerouted in order to reduce costs.
Data analysts must be analytically skilled in order to identify patterns within large quantities of data. By analytical skills we mean understanding of mathematics, algorithms, and statistics. In addition, programming and spreadsheet skills are obligatory.
Data modeler – median $79,331 per year*
Data modeling is one of the most important processes in modern business. A data modeler determines database structure and organization. This is to say that he takes businesses’ data requirements and translates them into structures understood by the database management system: tables, columns, data types, and so on. He designs the data model in such a way as to optimize the accuracy and efficiency of database operations.
A database modeler needs deep knowledge of IT. He must understand internal database structures as well as data modeling rules and principles. He also needs strong communication skills and business knowledge, since it is he who listens to customers and translates their needs/requirements into database language.
Database developer – median $74,133 per year*
A database developer is a programmer who specializes in databases. His primary programming language is SQL. He writes or improves SQL code used by applications. This includes SQL queries (from simple to complex) as well as stored procedures, triggers, and indexes. He may assist with database architecture, researching database technologies in order to determine which are best for the task at hand. He conducts tests of the database, especially performance tests, in order to optimize the system. A high level of SQL skill is essential to this position.
Database administrator – median $72,209 per year*
The work of database administrator is a little different from that of developer. A database administrator supervises one or more databases. His or her primary concern is database stability. He makes sure that data in all databases are safe, robust and stable. He takes care of the physical devices on which the database is stored and makes sure there is enough disk space and computing power for the database to work properly. The administrator also assigns user privilege/access to the database (determining degree of access allowed to each individual user) so that the database is kept safe and secure.
Data Scientist – median $90,457 per year*
A data scientist is someone who extracts the value from a customer’s data. In other words, he or she turns raw data into valuable information which can be used to improve the organization’s business decisions. A data scientist understands both business and data. He will apply skills in business, statistics, and data programming to the collection of data and/or its refinement, analysis, and application in order to obtain the most bottom-line benefit.
Specifics of the job may vary significantly from one individual to the next depending upon the industry in which he is employed. Generally we can say that a data scientist creates models and systems to predict users’ behavior. One example of applied data science comes from social media. While you’re logged into your favorite social media site, data relating to your clicks, likes, and comments is being collected. This data will be analyzed and used to produce information about your interests as well as your preferences in things like food, entertainment, and shopping. Knowledge about your preferences can in turn be used to predict what products may interest you and to select personally targeted advertising to be presented when you next log into the site.
What’s your next step?
In this article we have discussed only a few examples of the excellent work opportunities for which knowledge of SQL query language is key. It is important to remember that responsibilities and salary vary widely and are dependent upon your experience, company, and technologies. One thing remains constant, however: the IT job market, especially in the wide field of data, is very diverse. We might say with some confidence, in fact, that when it comes to opportunity, data has something for everyone!
*According to US repors (updated 25 July 2017) from PayScale.com