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Molly advises a database programmer with Access experience to seek certification in Oracle, DB2 or SQL.

Dear Molly: I’m a database person (I wouldn’t call myself a guru just yet) with a couple years of experience creating databases in Access. I’d like to add some other databases to my skill base. Which ones would you suggest?

Molly says: You didn’t mention whether you have any certifications in database work, so maybe you should explore some of those. I am guessing you don’t have a general background in computer science, so a certification would help you round out your knowledge and skill base.

As to which database programs to study next, I’d reccommend that you stick with the big guys such as DB2, Oracle and anything SQL. That way you will be adding to your versatility without going down a side road in the IT world.

The certifications you get will be based around one or more of these programs, so check out the information about training and certification on the various Web sites for the companies that make these products.

And, before you ask, a certification in one of these programs isn’t going to guarantee you a job. It will expand your knowledge and skill base and give you some more confidence in your database programming abilities. Who knows, you might end up really being a database guru after all.

Molly Joss also writes the monthly Career Advisor column for ComputerUser magazine. Ask a career-related question at [email protected]

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