What's Next After learning SQL?

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Now that you have learned SQL, you may be wondering what to do with your new programming skills. If you want to work in a field managing data or databases you are on the right track. The great news is that many of the additional skills that you may need to land a job can be learned quickly and affordably on your own via on-line courses and/or books.

Begin a new career using SQL

Sample SQL jobs:

SQL Analyst
Database Administrator
Data Analyst
Reporting Analyst
SQL Report Writer
SQL Database Developer
SQL Programmer
Data Integration Consultant
Product Support Analyst
Data Mapping Analyst
Production Systems Reporting Specialist
Business Analyst

- Your first task should be thoroughly researching the current skills needed for the job of interest.

Research Careers:


- After you know what is required for the job, begin learning skills that look great on your resume and can help you articulate certain IT topics in an interview.

Enhance your resume with short courses taught by industry professionals:
SQL Series

Introduction to SQL

Intermediate SQL

Intro. Database Development

Java Programming Series

Microsoft Access Series

Microsoft Excel Series

Intro. to Oracle

Intro. to PHP and MySQL

Intro. to Programming

Intro. to Python

Intro. to Crystal Reports

Intro. to XML

- Knowing SQL makes you more marketable in landing jobs that deal with data and data management.

- Brush up on your knowledge on databases by taking a course on Database Development.

- Familiarize yourself with at least 1 or 2 of the following database software systems: SQL Server, Oracle , MySQL , or Microsoft Access. Learn to navigate really well throughout the database software.

- Many databases are on-line, therefore it doesn't hurt to learn on-line programming languages (PHP, HTML, Java, CSS ) and or software (Dreamweaver, ColdFusion).

- Get familiar with Macintosh, UNIX, or Windows

- Check into certifications, if needed.

IT Certifications:

Role-based Certifications

Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate

Microsoft Certified Database Administrator

Kaplan IT Training

Upgrade Your Hardware and Software:

Best Deals on Hardware/Software & Cool Tech Gadgets

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Recommended Online Database Courses:

Online Database Courses

Recommended Books for your Toolkit:

SQL Practice Problems: 57 beginning, intermediate, and advanced challenges for you to solve using a “learn-by-doing” approach (Popular item)

Sql Guide (Quick Study: SQL) (Popular item)

SQL Pocket Guide: A Guide to SQL Usage

Microsoft SQL Server 2016: A Beginner's Guide, Sixth Edition

Murach's SQL Server 2016 for Developers

Access VBA Programming For Dummies

Mastering Oracle SQL, 2nd Edition

SQL Simplified:: Learn to Read and Write Structured Query Language

SQL for Microsoft Access (Wordware Applications Library)

MySQL Pocket Reference: SQL Statements, Functions and Utilities and more (Pocket Reference (O'Reilly))

The Guru's Guide to Transact-SQL

Data Analysis Using SQL and Excel, 2nd Edition

Confident Data Skills: Master the Fundamentals of Working with Data and Supercharge Your Career (Confident Series)


Thank you for taking a course or two with me. Wishing you much success with your future studies and endeavors. It has been my pleasure to work with each and every student to assist you with your learning goals!

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