The scope and prospects of Data warehouse jobs
The compilation and storage of data pertaining to a company is known as data warehousing. One of the most powerful tools in business analytics, data warehousing will ensure easy access and retrieval of data including purchase details. The data will be collected from the source and moved to a central location called data warehouse, from where it will be accessible to the users of the organization.
A data warehouse essentially has three types of functions namely staging, integration, and access. Staging is storing raw data, integration is to put together the data is a common central location and the access layer will ensure easy access of data by the users.
Data warehousing is used for many strategic operations like data mining, market research, online analytical processing and decision support. The most important part is to be able to retrieve, analyze, extract, transform and load data, manage it into data dictionary and make use of it.
The candidates should have an engineering degree including B.E / B.Tech, MBA, MCA, M.E / M.Tech / MS, PGDCA, PGDM. The skill sets include proficiency in the databases like Oracle, DB2, Teradata, Microsoft SQL Server etc. Exposure to any of the Business Intelligence tools like MicroStrategy, Cognos, Business Objects will be a big plus. Data warehousing professionals should have experience in any of the following tools like Informatica, Datastage, DTS, Oracle Warehouse Builder. The prospective data warehousing professionals should have Strong SQL, Data Modeling and Analytic Skills and experience in Unix / Linux Shell Scripting will also be desirable.
Should have a minimum of 2 years of direct experience in the field and should be familiar with the standard concepts, procedures and practices in data warehousing. The specific skill sets of the candidate would depend on the specialization areas.
Some of the specialization areas include
- Customer Relation Manger ( CRM ) – Analytic Development and Management
- Senior Data Warehousing Consultant.
- Data Warehouse Designer and Architect.
- Data Warehouse Team Leader.
- Principle consultants and Data Miner.
- Data Warehouse Manager.
- Data Modeler / Architect.
- Data Warehouse Project Leader.
- Data Warehouse Administrators.
Data warehousing professionals will be involved in a range of job responsibilities like extraction and loading to the Data Warehouse and Data Mining. The candidates should have the capability to work on Data warehouse Design and Micro Strategy based Business Intelligence / Data Warehousing Projects.
He should be self motivated and able to work in a fast paced environment. Multi tasking capabilities do count and data warehouse professionals should be good at prioritizing tasks and accomplishing goals. A certain degree of creativity would be of definite advantage.
Data warehousing jobs which involve Business Intelligence (BI) applications are in great demand in various industrial areas like banking, healthcare , insurance, Research and development, credit card service providers and more. Successful data warehouse systems require a lot of time and expertise to develop and implement and experienced data warehouse professional are in huge demand all over the country.
The average expected salary for a typical Data Warehouse Specialist in the United States is $93,041 and there is a huge demand for experienced data warehouse professionals all over the country and abroad.