“I was inspired to use data to build products, it didn’t take long to realize I couldn’t go very far in pursuing my passion without learning SQL. I was able to apply what I learned at Dataquest to get my first product job.”

Helena Tan

Product Manager @Box

Path overview

In this path, you’ll become familiar with SQL syntax and master the frequently used commands. You’ll also learn how to use string patterns and ranges to query data, how to sort and group data, and how to write perfect queries to extract and analyze data from real SQL databases.

Best of all, you’ll learn by doing — you’ll write code and get feedback directly in the browser. You’ll apply your skills to several guided projects involving realistic business scenarios to build your portfolio and prepare for your next interview.

Key skills

  • Exploring, querying, and extracting specific sets of data
  • Handling data from multiple sources
  • Retrieving data to build reports and perform analysis
  • Organizing data efficiently to answer business questions

Path outline

Part 1: Fundamentals of SQL [5 courses]

Introduction to SQL and Databases 5h

  • Define the structure of SQL
  • Create basic queries to extract data from tables in a database
  • Define databases
  • Identify different versions of SQL
  • Write good SQL code

Summarizing Data in SQL 3h

  • Employ SQL to compute statistics
  • Provide statistics by group
  • Filter results over groups

Combining Tables in SQL Course 3h

  • Combine tables using inner joins
  • Employ different types of joins
  • Employ other SQL clauses with joins
  • Join on complex conditions
  • Employ set operators like UNION and EXCEPT

SQL Subqueries 6h

  • Nest a query inside another query
  • Employ different types of subqueries
  • Employ common table expressions
  • Scale your project with complex queries

Window Functions in SQL 5h

  • Set up a frame for window functions
  • Compute running aggregations with aggregate window functions
  • Explore rank window functions
  • Apply distribution window functions
  • Use offset window functions

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Build your project portfolio

Build confidence with our in-depth projects, and show off your data skills.

Challenge yourself with exercises

Challenge yourself with exercises

Work with real data from day one with interactive lessons and hands-on exercises.

Showcase your path certification

Showcase your path certification

Impress employers by completing a capstone project and certifying it with an expert review.

Projects in this path

Guided Project: Analyzing Kickstarter Projects

For this project, you’ll assume the role of a data analyst at a startup considering launching a Kickstarter campaign. You’ll analyze data to help the team understand what might influence a campaign’s success.

Guided Project: Customers and Products Analysis Using SQL

For this project, you’ll step into the role of a data analyst at a scale model car company. You’ll use SQL skills like joins and subqueries to explore a sales database and provide data-driven answers to key business questions about inventory, customers, and marketing.

Guided Project: SQL Window Functions for Northwind Traders

For this project, you’ll assume the role of a data analyst at Northwind Traders, using advanced SQL techniques to provide insights that drive strategic business decisions.

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Machine Learning Engineer at Twitter

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Associate Data Scientist at Callisto Media

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