Professional developers need to have a firm understanding of SQL. Much of this will come from obtaining SQL certification. But where to start? Many people believe that it's important to pay attention to vendor certificates.
"Having vendor training in a specialized area - like Microsoft SQL certification - is an excellent way to show prospective employers that a professional is the right person for a very specific task."
"This is just my opinion, but generally speaking any vendor certification is most important when you are either new in the field, or new in a particular niche of the field," wrote senior data architect and Quora contributor Steve Larrison. "This is true because it gives you something official to point at that says that you are competent in a certain area."
There are a number of different popular brands in the workplace - one of the biggest being Microsoft. In terms of SQL certificates, Microsoft is one of the best places to turn to first.
Specialized positions require specialized training
Generally speaking, certificates are important for IT professionals to possess regardless of where an expertise lies. But while it is a good idea for anyone, certifications are especially important to consider when it comes to very specialized positions where Microsoft products and services are going to be a central part of the job, according to Quora contributor Nick Foxe. But the beauty about having Microsoft certificates is that a majority of businesses have Windows-based systems in place. Microsoft SQL certification is an incredible way to stand out in during the hiring process.
Short of having a specialized blog that illustrates specific knowledge or writing papers on the subject, data analyst and Quora contributor Manish Sahajwani believes that certificates are the way to go. Having vendor training in a particular area - like Microsoft SQL certification - is an excellent way to show prospective employers that a professional is the right person for a very specific task.