A Career as a SQL Developer

What is SQL?

SQL is the most renowned Fourth Generation Programming Language (4GL). 4GL means that programmers only define what the result looks like as opposed to how the outcome ought to be calculated by the database. SQL is not a full-fledged programming language in which you can write applications and is a pillar of web development (back-end). Generally, this decisive programming paradigm has been a key component for ad-hoc queries run for data introspection carried out by human users directly with SQL rather than with a user interface.

SQL programming can be efficiently used to search, insert, delete or update database records. That doesn't mean SQL cannot do things other than that. In fact, it can do a lot of things including but not limited to, maintenance and optimize of databases. Relational databases like Oracle, MySQL Database, Sybase, MS SQL Server, etc use SQL. 

What skills are required to be a SQL Developer?

If you’re planning to become a Structured Query Language Developer, (sometimes pronounced as “sequel”), now is the right time to make the move. These specialists are in high demand as corporations push to implement their digital revolution strategies and become data-driven organizations. This role requires you to plan, construct and maintain databases. You are responsible for all aspects of it which also includes:

  • Writing optimized SQL queries for incorporation with other applications
  • Designing database tables and structures
  • Creating database triggers for usage in automation
  • Creating views, functions and stored processes
  • Maintaining data quality and supervising database security

It’s a job that gets even more complicated as databases convert into data lakes, and you need to keep your skills updated. But with the right experience and certifications, you can assure a knock from the employers on your door.

Here’s an overview of the skills and educational background needed to dive into the SQL Developer role:

  • PL/SQL: A thorough knowledge of structured query language or correlated programming language to work effortlessly on database design.
  • SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS): This service aids in report generation for several databases so that you can be sure of all database objects and units encompassed in the database.
  • SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS): This service helps you with the integration of multiple databases, database objects and entities as per your requirement.
  • Microsoft SQL Server: This is the most difficult yet intriguing job for SQL developer where he has to work on server performance, integrity as well as server maintenance. This is a highly paid skill where SQL developers get attractive remuneration and other opportunities too.
  • Analytical skills: Developers must analyze and understand the needs of the user and then design the software accordingly to meet those needs.
  • Creativity: Developers must be creative enough to find new solutions to conventional problems.
  • Detail-oriented: Developers usually work on several parts of an application or system simultaneously and therefore must be able to focus and pay attention to even the minute details.
  • Interpersonal skills: Developers must be able to work in harmony with others who help in developing and creating successful software.
  • Problem-solving skills: Since developers are in charge of software from beginning to end, they should be capable of solving problems that may occur along the design process.
  • Communication skills: Developers must be capable of giving able to give clear instructions to their teammates. They should also be able to explain to their customers how the software works and answer any queries that arise.

Systematic skills, smart organization skills, fine detailing, maximum accuracy, great knowledge of structured programming language, decent experience in RDBMS and knowledge of maintaining relationships between different data objects. You need to be a quick performer and you must know how to work under stress and constant pressure. Most of the successful SQL professionals ensure that they know each and everything about current trends of the database and stay updated about the technical market. 

What are the responsibilities of an SQL Developer?

  • Application of DML and DCL statements
  • Build appropriate and valuable report deliverables
  • Create procedures and scripts
  • Develop top-notch database solutions
  • Develop, execute and modify stored procedures
  • Examine SQL queries
  • Guarantee performance,  safety, and readiness of databases
  • Handle troubleshooting database problems
  • Provide reports
  • Research necessary data

Why should you choose SQL as your career?

SQL is a massive technology. The future scope of being an SQL Developer it is not just limited to Computer Science, but you can see it revolving around Retail, Finance, Healthcare, Science & Technology, Public Sector, in short everywhere. All organizations need a database for the storage of their data. There are endless reasons why you could SQL career. A few are listed below:

  • Combine data from multiple resources: Integrating data from several resources may be consuming a lot of time, but with SQL, you may simply combine the specific fields or merge the complete database.
  • Everlasting: The image below shows a report of StackOverflow’s survey conducted in 2017  where SQL stands second in terms of popularity ensuring that SQL is here to stay for times to come.
  • Free: SQL is open-source which means that SQL is completely free to use and distribute. As far as learning is concerned, you just have to bear the initial training charges of SQL certification, later on, you need not pay for any tool or software to practice SQL. SQL is executed using XAMP/WAMP server, which is an open-source tool for executing the queries.
  • High in Demand: If you search the internet for jobs for SQL Developers, there are more than 25k results. According to an analysis, SQL has been mentioned in 35.7% of advertisements, which is 1.39 times higher than the advertisements of Python and other Data Analytical languages.
  • Integration: You can utilize SQL queries with the incorporation of other programming languages like PHP or Java depending as per your requirement.
  • Manage bulk of data: When you have a large collection of data, then it becomes really difficult for the conventional database software to manage them. In this case, SQL acts as a blessing. Whether there are a thousand records or a million, SQL is fully equipped to manage a huge amount of data of all types.
  • Simple: SQL is the simplest programming language as compared to its contemporaries. One can easily learn the basics and fundamentals of SQL within a week or two.
  • Standard: SQL development has been around for 30 years now and without any doubt, it is going to stay for a good 30 years or more too staying true to the old proverb, “Old is Gold”.
  • The base of data visualization tools: All data visualization tools utilize SQL for their functioning. Therefore learning SQL will help you get a better understanding of all such tools.

Landing a career as a SQL Developer could be a great option. If your aim to become a SQL developer, one path to grow the skills you need is to start as early as possible and to take a strong grip on the technology. With a firm enough hold of the relevant skills, you are bound to succeed. 

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