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How To Change Careers to Database Administration (DBA)


What\'s the best and fastest way to break into the field of Database development or DBA?
I have been a postal clerk for the past 22 years. My last degree was in 2007, an MBA in IT.
I\'m currently enrolled in a Master\'s program in Database Systems.
This is going to take too long. Don\'t you think?
Also, how would I go about finding a mentor?


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How Much Education Do You Need for a Database Administrator (DBA) Career?

Unlike careers in medicine or law, you are not legally required to have a college degree for a DBA type job.
That being said, many employers will ask for some college education and some will not.
However, all employers will require that you demonstrate enough technical knowledge / education (not necessarily college education) for your job.
Note that there is a big difference between the technical skills / knowledge required for your job and the more generalized education you get at college, even with an MIS / Computer Sciences degree.
While any college degree would be considered ok or enough college education for a DBA type job, a degree in Business Administration, Management Information Systems (MIS) or Computer Sciences may be better and a masters degree or an MBA would be considered being better than a 2/4 year college degree.
Keep in mind that employers are not as concerned about your college education lack of it as they are about your technical skills and hands-on experience.
Learn more: \"What type of college degree is required for a Database Administrator career?\"

What Is The Difference Between Practical Database Administrator Education and a College Degree?

While a college degree / education will help you get a DBA type job, much more helpful and important is your technical Database Administration education and your hands-on skills / experience.
There is a difference between the broad / theoretical knowledge that you will gain from a 4yr. college even when your major is in Computer Science / MIS and the practical education / hands-on experience required for a database administration job
What employers are hiring for more than anything else is your practical knowledge and your hands-on skills which is generally not taught in college.

What Is The FastesT Way To Get a DBA Job?

The fastest way to get a DBA job (for new / aspiring DBAs) is to get hands-on experience at being a DBA and then add that to your resume and start applying for jobs.
Get lots of hands-on experience, skills and knowledge on different tasks performed by a DBA. For example, master Database Design & Development, Server Administration, backups and restores etc. Then document your experience on your resume and apply for jobs.
Please use the \"Contact Us\" link on our website to get in touch with us about your coaching / mentoring needs\" as we can help with that.