I’m a Java developer with strong database skills and have been working on the same types of software development projects for a long time. How can I use these skills to work in different ways so I can work on something new? Thank you for your question. You have a great skill set and should be very proud of yourself. The combination of programming and database skills are not only a wonderful combination from a software development perspective, it also has the potential to pivot you into other technical areas.
From a database perspective, the same logic as pivoting your programming expertise is also true for your database skills. However, there are additional database-specific opportunities, including: • Production DBA: The role of Production DBA (Database Administrator) is very different than the role of an application oriented DBA. My thought is that you naturally fall into the role of Application DBA because you are also a programmer. An Application DBA generally designs database schemas and writes stored procedures. A Production DBA is more datacenter oriented and performs tasks such as rebuilding database indexes, monitoring available disk space, and other related tasks. • Data Architect: This role is increasing in demand for a number of reasons. First, increased movement toward cloud computing is fracturing companies’ data models and increasing the need for internal data warehouses. Second, as more and more data is collected and stored, it needs to be properly and professionally managed.
The basic concept behind my previous suggestions is that the best way to change your professional direction is to do so using your current skills and experience as a lever to move yourself toward your new goal.
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Until next time, work hard, work smart, and continue to build your professional brand.
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