Can I Become A Data Analyst Using SAS, Python or SQL Skills?


I am so happy to find your website, I have a Bachelors Degree in Science (Math and Computing).

I worked as a High School Math teacher and then worked as a Quality Control Associate, Test Technician roles in Canada for more than 10 years. 

I lost my job last year and started looking for a career change and so, I recently learned SAS software, Python and SQL

Could you please advice me how I can enter into the Data Analysis field? 

I can not afford to spent too much time and money because I have three kids and I am over 40.   

I am looking forward to your guidance. 

Thank you so much.

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1. IT CareerCoach

SQL is more or less the standardized database programming language of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

SQL is used for Information Technology (IT) Jobs where you have to search databases, modify data or create new databases.

Since SQL is a standardized programming language, Relational Database Management (RDBMS) vendors may implement their own flavors of SQL. So, you have Microsoft's SQL or TSQL, Oracle's SQL or PLSQL, Sun Microsystems SQL or MYSQL and other flavors of SQL. 

This post is one of the articles in a series titled: "Learning SQL as a First Step to a High-Paying IT Job". 

IT Jobs Using SQL To Search Data for Information / Insights

Tech careers in data analysis or business analysis that requires searching for data or information or identifying trends and insights may require SQL skills.

While software developers may be hired to build front-end screens or web applications to make searching databases easier, often times, IT managers will ask their Data Analysts or Business Analysts to run searches directly on their databases.

These searches may be simple queries that involve looking up just one item from a table or more complex searches that involve finding items from multiple tables using SQL joins!

IT Jobs Using SQL To Create, Delete or Manage Data

Since SQL really excels at manipulating the information stored in a database, IT Jobs that require creating, saving, changing / modifying or even deleting data may require SQL skills!

Just think of a typical business-to-consumer organization that has to process lots of transactions or orders online.

Not only will SQL be used to capture the customer's information and save it to a database, a good deal of SQL may also be needed for answering customer's impromptu queries / questions, updating their profiles and/or order statuses as well as updating the availability of different products!

As you can see, learning SQL can be the first step in getting a job working as an analyst (data analyst, business analyst, web analyst, etc.), database developer, database designer, database administrator, software developer, IT Manager, Technical Project Manager (TPM) and much more.

If you have taken the time to learn SQL, then you may apply to IT Jobs that require only database / SQL skills or perhaps add other skills to your portfolio, so you can be more versatile or marketable!

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