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Switching to DBA

By thompson6 ·
I've been thinking about switching fields to being a DBA. Does anyone have a feel for how viable a career move this is? Does this field require a bachelors?

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Considered independant consulting first?

by SnicoleK73 In reply to Switching to DBA

The sharing of knowledge is critical to any business, and the way to accomplish this is via a Database Management System. Being a DBA, there is always work, in any industry. In addition, creating work is extremely simple to do if you really wish to pursue being a DBA. It would mean administering databases while working at your "real job". I wouldn't just go ahead and switch careers until I've sampled the new one first.

Dependent upon your state, and also dependent upon whether or not you want to work for either a small business or a large corporation, there are probably numerous opportunities. Consulting is also an option, and a good way to earn extra money.

Personally, when I made the move, it was after years of developing databases and administering them remotely, while keeping my "day job".

A BS in Computer Science is definitely a plus.
However, dependant also upon your experience, and the programming/database languages/software you are familiar with, a BS may not be required by the potential employer. I've hired employees with AS degrees in Computer Programming, Information Technology and/or Database Management.

Hope this helps. Good luck.

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