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DBA or Network Admin!!! what is the best??

By mob_dream ·
Dear All,
I have been working in IT for 4 years starting with technical support (maintenance, troubleshooting). Then I started to teach my self about networks (cabling, workgroups, Server OS).
Right now I'm working in IT department in a small company with around 50 clients and some servers like (Windows Server 2003, ISA Server 2004, SQL 2000, Exchange 2003).

You know guys (Career Specialization) the best IT professional the one who is specialist in one way (DBA, Security, administration, programing, etc)

and I want to develop my self and want to choose one way and spend all the efforts on it so that I can improve fast and focus my power on particular road.

I'm thinking of two ways (DBA, Network administration)

Can you tell me guys what is the best for me??

Thank you so much.

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We can't decide for you, as it's your choice alone to make

by ManiacMan In reply to DBA or Network Admin!!! w ...

Usually, DBAs' don't do system administration and vice versa. If you can squeeze both in and get very good at both, them more power to you, but you'll find that it's not easy to be both at the same time. Decide on what you want to specialize in and stick with it.

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What do you prefer?

by Shellbot In reply to DBA or Network Admin!!! w ...

They are 2 very different things your looking at.

I'm a DBA, and only know just what i need to about Networks..in fact, I'm useless at networks and i don't want to know any more than I have to.

If you like network admin, and have experience at it..then go for it..

I enjoy DBA work, but i like that sort of thing. A lot of people just think its boring :)

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like them both but!!

by mob_dream In reply to What do you prefer?

Well when I discovered network admin work I found it very good. Also when I discovered DBA work I found good to.

But which one is better to invest in?
this is my question. For example some jobs you work much in it and the income is very low, and others you work little and the income is very good.

this is my point before I spend more time and money I want to know which path is better.
Thank you

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In either case, there are bad jobs and good jobs

by robo_dev In reply to like them both but!!

There are entry-level cable pullers who work long hours at low pay, and there are folks who manage worldwide networks who make $150K per year.

There are people developing MS Access databases for their low pay, and there are Oracle DBAs with ten years experience making $140K per year.

Which do you like better? If you don't like it, you won't be any good at it, no matter how much $$$ you make.

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It's ur decision

by vandhiyaadevan In reply to like them both but!!

you should choose your career. you should analyse which is suitable for u. But according to me as us working in networks you can update in that area.

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Again, nobody can or will answer that for you

by ManiacMan In reply to DBA or Network Admin!!! w ...

You're engaging in circular reasoning which will not result in anything.

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Almost nobody.

by Absolutely In reply to Again, nobody can or will ...



I understand the question, and why he's asking it.

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Yes.

by Absolutely In reply to DBA or Network Admin!!! w ...

There is nothing you should not know; whichever "specialty" you're hired to provide for somebody, it's your knowledge of what your stupid employer doesn't know enough to even ask you about which will make you excellent to your stupid employer. Learn everything, put on your resume true things that your employer wants to see. You'll never go wrong this way.

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I know where I am now.

by mob_dream In reply to Yes.

I would like to thank you all for your opinions really I understood the lesson and I know what should I do.

Thank you again

Mob

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What's that?

by Absolutely In reply to I know where I am now.

I would like to thank you all for your opinions really I understood the lesson and I know what should I do.

I just noticed this is an off-topic Discussion, not a technical Question, so nobody will get any Thumbs Up anyway, but now that I've considered your question, I'm curious what you've decided.

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