The world of database analysis is far more challenging than some people believe. If you’re seeking to make database analysis your career, you have to do more than earn a relevant bachelor’s degree; you will need to get into the technology field certified in relevant database management systems, and demonstrate expertise in the field. Here, we will briefly describe the journey you’ll take in your career as a database analyst.
Entry Level: Become a Junior Database Analyst
The beginning of this journey involves obtaining a relevant entry-level job in database management. These positions are usually taken up by university graduates, interns, and others who have some database knowledge and want to enter the field as a career. You can find job offers in financial institutions, telecommunication companies, and even government agencies. This is the point where you learn basic database optimization. It is also a good time to hone your SQL skills.
Mid-Level: Become a Database Analyst
This is where you can officially call yourself a database analyst. At this point, you must have been in the field for a couple of years and be able to confidently handle most database analysis problems. This is the point where you must get certified with your database of choice (ie. PostgreSQL, MySQL, Oracle, IBM DB2, and others).
However, you must have grown confident in your SQL skills and become comfortable with experimentation. You should be learning new elements such as geographic information systems inside the database, faster methods to retrieve data, PostgreSQL Distinct Values, and more. Most database analysts become comfortable at this level and are able to handle many projects on their own. However, you should be careful not to stagnate at this point, as some analysts tend to do.
The Expert: Become a Senior or Lead Database Analyst
This is the level an ambitious database analyst must aim to get to before thinking of retirement. In fact, you should expect to spend several years leading others in the field and getting results for employers and clients.
You will have to achieve mastery of your preferred database before you can be called an expert. Part of this may be to learn about the Distinct Values in PostgreSQL database. You must have spent at least 10,000 hours in the field gaining the required experience. This is also the point you are expected to start contributing to the database community.
Even at this stage, you should be able to accomplish more by implementing database standards, implementing and developing database model patterns, creating database performance metrics, and providing technical and team leadership.
The career path of a database analyst is challenging, but rewarding. If you are getting into this field, it is important that you put in the effort to reach the peak of your career and contribute meaningfully to the community. To achieve your aim of becoming a senior or lead database analyst, you need to constantly learn, research about new database technology, continue improving on what you’ve known, and be open to trying new, innovative ways of implementing database solutions.