Database Technology: Certificates, Training & Online Degree Info

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What kind of job can you get with a certificate in database technology? Find out program requirements, online options and info on courses and database technology training.
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Studying Database Technology: Degrees at a Glance

Database technology programs train students in the use, design and development of databases, which are used to organize and store data and information. Database technology may be its own program or course, or may be included within another program, such as information systems or information technology. Many different fields use databases, though the largest growth is expected in the health care field.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS), positions for database administrators were expected to grow by 31% between the years of 2010 and 2020. This is due to more and more data becoming digitized as society becomes increasingly technology-based.

Training Certificate
Who is this degree for? People wishing to learn more about databases Those who want usable knowledge for working with databases
Common Career Paths (with approximate mean annual salary) - Database administrator ($77,000)*
- Business intelligence analyst ($80,000)**
- Software developer ($92,000)*
Same as training
Time to Completion Varies 1-1.5 years
Common Graduation Requirements - Coursework Same as training, plus:
- Time restrictions
Prerequisites Varies (in some cases, none) - Knowledge of computers
- Prerequisite courses or experience
Online Availability Some Yes

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (May 2011 figures), **O*NET Online (2011 statistics).

Training in Database Technology

Database technology training can be taken at many different levels, from basic introductory courses at your local adult education center to electives for degrees to continuing education courses. In general, training tends to focus on specific database programs, such as Oracle, Access or SQL. Some training may also include more general database information. Length of programs varies as well, with some lasting a few days, while others take a full semester. Training programs may or may not require prerequisites for admittance.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • May not require entering a degree program
  • Can take course for a specific program
  • Can help IT and computer professionals stay up to date with technology

Cons

  • Many potential careers prefer working with those with at least a bachelor's degree*
  • May need previous database knowledge
  • May not teach everything required to get a related job

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Courses and Requirements

Many database courses are offered through various institutions, such as community colleges, career institutes or universities. Some may not require signing up for a degree program or going through an official admission process. Courses may be offered standalone or as part of a track of courses.

Some courses you may take include:

  • Database fundamentals
  • Introduction to Access
  • SQL server administration
  • Oracle databases

Some courses may have prerequisites that need to be completed before application. Additionally, some courses can be used towards a degree or certificate.

Online Options

Whether or not training is offered online varies from institution to institution and from course to course. Even if the facility does not offer all courses online, they may offer some. Some courses may be offered both online and on-campus. Curriculum typically does not vary between the two.

Getting Ahead

If you are already an information technology (IT) professional, getting training in database technology may help you keep up to date with technology. Additionally, you may find that joining a professional society can help you with your employment opportunities. For example, you might consider joining the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Computer Society. Members receive free publications, training, training resources and access to networking opportunities. You might also consider working towards a certification, which can be earned for specific programs.

Certificate in Database Technology

Certificates in database technology are offered at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. They may be broader information technology certificates that include information on databases, or they may focus on a single database program or career choice, such as database administrator, database developer or database business intelligence analyst. Some programs are designed specifically for those who already work in the IT field, while others assume students have no previous knowledge on the topic. In general, all certificate programs require students to have at least a high school diploma or GED credential.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Potential careers typically earn a higher salary than the average for all occupations*
  • Many potential careers are expected to grow quickly*
  • Positions open in a wide variety of industries*

Cons

  • Additional training will be necessary to keep up with changes in technology*
  • May need to work overtime*
  • May have to compete against overseas labor*

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Courses and Requirements

Certificate programs vary in length. Some certificate programs consist of only four courses, while some carry as many as 72 credit hours and may take over a year to complete. Depending on the focus of the certificate, courses may focus on database generalities or specific programs. Aside from the required core courses, some certificate programs may also require electives.

Courses you may take include:

  • Database design
  • Fundamentals of SQL
  • Database security
  • User interface design
  • Introduction to Oracle

Graduate certificate programs require that applicants have a bachelor's degree before admission.

Online Options

Many schools offer database technology certificate programs either partially or fully online. Typically, curriculum remains the same between online and on-campus programs, though courses may be offered at different times. Even if a program is not offered online, some courses may be offered online that can be used towards completion of the program. These options vary from school to school.

Getting Ahead

Database certifications are offered. Microsoft, for example, offers Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) SQL certifications in both data platform and business intelligence. These certifications involve passing a series of exams. Oracle offers certifications on specific program releases, with training courses offered through their website. Certifications change as technology does, so be sure to check a company's website to see what their latest are. Some employers will not hire someone without specific certifications.

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      • Masters of Professional Studies in Technology Management
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    Master's
      • MS in Business Intelligence & Analytics
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    10. University of Delaware

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    Master's
      • Master of Science in Cybersecurity

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