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An Informatica® developer uses the data warehousing software of information technology company Informatica® to create business applications. The software allows access to various data sources, so the developer can create programs that reduce the problems of data complexity and quality that complex organizations may experience. He or she typically uses a graphical interface that assists with the mapping of processes, monitoring of data and analyzing data sources. Developers usually work on a team but also often work alone. To become an Informatica® developer, you need experience using Informatica® products, programming and database experience, a college degree and excellent troubleshooting, time management and communication skills.
Many Informatica® developer employers prefer that you have a bachelor's degree that relates to computing and may prefer a computer science degree. To become an Informatica® developer requires a broad range of skills, and a computer science degree will introduce you to the popular programming languages and databases you will likely see on the job. Many degree programs do not cover Informatica® products, so you will likely need outside training from an employer or technical school. Informatica® offers courses online and in a classroom setting and also offers certification exams you can take. Although you can take these courses without a college degree, it is a good idea to have a general programming background before you attempt courses specific to Informatica®.
To become an Informatica® developer, you generally need three or more years of experience working with Informatica® products, modeling data and working with databases. This is especially important for jobs at the senior level, because they require the ability to work and give advice on complex projects. Common ways to gain the needed experience include freelance projects, entry-level development positions and internships. Informatica® development overlaps with other programming and database management skills, so you also can try to find an entry-level job that lets you work with general programming and database development.
Informatica® development requires additional skills that go beyond technical qualifications, and these skills are important to perform the job successfully. Two main personal skills include the ability to work well with others and perform quality work within tight deadlines. Analyzing several data sources also requires the ability to multitask and pay attention to complex details. When you become an Informatica® developer, you also will need to be able to understand what needs to be done to fulfill the client's needs. Being an excellent communicator will make this an easier task.
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