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Career Advice - SQL Server Development ---Please Help!


Career Advice - SQL Server Development ---Please Help!

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brianpayton21
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I graduated in 2001 from a major university with a BSBA in Computer Information Systems. I didn't go into the computer field when I graduated. However, I have now found a new desire to get into the computer field. I want to get into SQL Server development. What would the most cost effective/quickest way to get into the field. Will my information systems degree help? What classes should I take? What are employers looking for in entry level SQL Server Developer candidates?

Please advise!

Thanks!
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Do you have any experience with databases at all? Also, what is it that you've been doing for the last 10 years?

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No experience. I've worked in healthcare management for the past 10 years.
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It's really hard for a fresher to get into the "SQL Developer" position. They usually want an SQL Ninja. Even places hiring a "Junior" SQL Developer want you to have a year's worth of experience.

If you're still at a healthcare place (which has some huge opportunities to learn about databases), you might want to start there as a "junior". Keep in mind that will likely result in a cut in pay compared to being a manager, but there's nothing like having a mentor or two to teach you and getting the "time in service" on systems that you might already know about.

While you're doing that, buy a copy of SQL Server Developer's Edition (Enterprise Edition with special licensing) and hit the books. Check out the Microsoft Web site for certifications and follow the plan.

--Jeff Moden

RBAR is pronounced ree-bar and is a Modenism for Row-By-Agonizing-Row.
First step towards the paradigm shift of writing Set Based code:
Stop thinking about what you want to do to a row... think, instead, of what you want to do to a column.
If you think its expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur. -- Red Adair

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Talk to tech recruiters in your area. They'll know what qualifications are being looked for in the real world. That'll give you a target to aim at for entry-level positions.

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The obvious requirements for a "SQL Server Developer" would be to know relational database concepts and how to write SQL. Start with a book on generic RDMS theory, data modeling, and straight SQL first. Next a book on SQL Server T-SQL development, and then a book on data warehousing implementation that covers topics like SSIS, SSRS, and performance tuning large databases.


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OP,

one option may be to find an analyst-type role (in the health care industry). This would increase the % of time spent working with data...and perhaps preserve a bit of pay. A lot of analysts at the company I work for have access to SQL Servers and do a lot of ad-hoc querying against the databases.

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If you enjoy the healthcare field, it would be likely your last ten years of experience in the industry would help offset some of the inexperience in SQL. Understanding the industry well in this area is considerably harder than learning SQL. Where I work that amount of experience in healthcare is often a greater employment requirement than the actual skills for a given job position.
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Install SQL Server Dev Edidtion at work, get the book(s) and start making little projects. Spent 3-6 months on that. Once you achieve some level of confidence, you might want to go and talk to some of your friends in the IT dept and offer them your help. It also could be some of the reporting help. People who knows business side and have dev skills are very valuable. But you have to be persistent and it will take some time....



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hi, how 'bout in my case? i wanna go back to being an sql ninja in the back seat. you see i was a dot net developer for some 6 or 7 years and was a dba for about 8 months when i had to relocate here in singapore and start work as dot net developer again. now, i want to relive my dream of being an sql consultant that travels...any advice?

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