And you shouldn’t spend more time trying to figure out which additional college degrees (MBAs, masters, etc.) or database certifications will help qualify you for database jobs, OK?
The reason why additional college degrees and / or educational qualifications may not help is that “for the most part, college degrees are general purpose qualifications” while database management jobs are hands-on, skills-based, practical jobs.
What a college degree does for you is prove that you have the ability to learn more things. However, it does not prove to hiring managers that you have, for example, mastered a specific database management tool.
Handson Database Learning Vs. Database Management College Degrees, Which Is Better?
None is better than the other. However, you must understand the purpose, usefulness or relevance of each to succeed in your industry.
Learning a database is still a handson activity even though you read books, watch videos or attend a class. At the end of the day, you will still have to perform real-world, handson database tasks or solve practical database problems your employer.
A college degree on the other hand is focused on helping you cover all the scientific literature or theoretical knowledge that relates to your college major.
Whether you are being hired for a database job or just going through an interview, here is the perspective you must have:
Your college degree proves you may have the MENTAL POTENTIAL for the job while your handson database skills proves that you have the REAL-WORLD ABILITY to do the job.
I Have A College Degree, So, What’s Next?
Go ahead and choose a database career path that matches your profile (talents, interests, skills, educational background / certifications and the openings around you). As you do that, keep in mind that there are multiple career paths for database professionals.
Some of the database career paths available include: database developer jobs, report writer jobs, data analyst jobs, database marketing jobs, web analytic jobs, SQL query writing / developer jobs, database management (DBAs) jobs, etc.
The really good thing is that these jobs all depend on a strong knowledge of SQL Query Writing, Database Design and Database Development. So, once you learn these three (3) facets of database management jobs, you can start working on the career paths that best matches your profile.