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  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2010

    Where would this land me in a database career?


    I am in high school and pursuing a career involving databases. I plan to take an IT degree at college and the course am I looking at covers both data warehousing and enterprise systems.

    (Course synopsis)
    Data warehousing - You will gain knowledge and skills in the accurate recording, rapid retrieval and management of data that is essential to modern society. You will learn how to mine existing sets of data to extract hidden knowledge.

    Enterprise Systems - Enterprise systems from vendors like SAP, MinCom and Oracle for the fundamental structure of organizations. You will gain hands-on experience with successful enterprise systems to enable you to put into practice the theory that supports business activities

    I am interested in database design (is that the same as a data modeling?) but I am also interested in database development. Do you think based off the synopsis given I would be capable of gaining employment in these two fields of work? I am also curious as to know whether there is a specific job title given to a person that both designs and developments the database (does everything from talking to the client and analyzing the problem right through to delivering the database)?

    Thanks for your help

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    In front of the computer
    Welcome to DBForums!

    You've got some great questions, but you really need to get at least an intro course or equivalent knowledge to be able to ask the right questions in enough detail to get the answers that you really want. I'll try to give you the 30,000 foot view, but keep in mind that as you start to understand more of the "gory details" and ask more specific questions that these answers are targeted toward a novice and you will almost certainly take issue with these answers once you learn more.

    Database Modeling tends to be more toward the abstract or logical part of the design. It doesn't get down to the nitty-gritty details of how to make things work.

    Database Design tends to be more toward the physical implementation. Which size and type of integer does this particular attribute need to use. Which type of disk does this part of the database need to use (the choice between SSD, premium QOS, bulk storage QOS, etc).

    I really doubt that you can get a job based on a single course. Most junior colleges offer 18 to 36 month programs to get you enough education to be able to start working in the field. Most universities seem to expect a Masters Degree for database professionals, although they tend to place graduates in a completely different environment (not just at a higher level in the IT field, but in a differnt part of the field).

    One thing that you'll find very quickly is that if you want to stay current in IT, school is simply part of the "ante" to get into the game... Your learning/training will never stop as long as you want to stay even semi-current.

    In theory, theory and practice are identical. In practice, theory and practice are unrelated.

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