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Old 03-11-2010, 10:21 AM #1
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Database Administrator (DBA)

Anyone have any insight on what course of action to take to become a DBA? I have spent alittle time on Google and found the MCDBA cert, which was then phased out and only covers SQL. I am looking for a cert program or some kind of college course work to take to pursue down the path of becomming a DBA and being familiar with SQL and Oracle as well as emerging technologies around them. Any one have any thoughts?
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Old 03-11-2010, 11:12 AM #2
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Step one: Move to India
Step two: That's it.



The past 3 companies i've worked for the DBA's are offshore. I work for a datacenter NOC and work with our DBA's nightly. They're all offshore.
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Old 03-11-2010, 01:27 PM #3
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The two companies I've worked for had database departments, so you don't necessarily have to move to India...yet.

I'd say just go to a good tech college that has a major or concentration in DBA. My school had it, but the one course I took on databases was more than enough.
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I took a couple of database courses during my Information Science undergraduate. I would say take at least once course to get a foundation of relational algebra and a theoretical perspective. However the majority of what you learn is going to be in trying things out on your own projects or on the job.
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Get a foundation in SQL first, after you have those concepts focus on ORACLE. Oracle is the de-facto standard in the I.T. industry in America, I know someone who was making 150k in 2003 just optimizing databases, god knows what he's making now.

You also want to be familiar with Access if you have no background with relational databases, if you do you can skip this. Otherwise start with SQL for a foundation, and then move to Oracle.
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I should have mentioned I have three years of data mining and application development accessing databases experiance. I have worked with SQL, MySQL, and Oracle in all similar fassions using ASP, PHP, or VBA/ADODB. I have installed the database servers, configured schemas, built out tables, maintained user access, and touched on data backups.

I am just looking to put paper behind this experiance and probably learn a few things along the way (like optimization and disaster recovery). Getting a degree of certification would instantly double my income with another employer since I know I am getting well under paid for the work I do now.

Oh, and Microsoft Access is garbage when you're use to dealing SQL or Oracle.
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A friend of mine runs the Windows division of iPsoft (they're a huge tech firm working with 1/10 of every Fortune company). Next time I talk with him I'll ask him what they look for when hiring DBA's (they do all theirs in house since they run IT departments for various companies)
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