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I'm a data modeler -- can I get a DBA job?

I'm currently in the database field as a data modeler, but I want to be a DBA. Is it feasible for me to get a DBA job?

Hi, I'm currently in the database field as a data modeler, but I want to be a DBA. Is it feasible for me to get a DBA job?
Yes it is feasible. Having a data modeling background is certainly a good start for becoming a good DBA. The challenge you will face is trying to land a DBA job without any real world experience. Small to midsized companies (SMBs) tend to look only for experienced DBAs so you may have better luck looking at larger organizations. Either way, the best you can hope for is to get an entry-level position as a DBA with a company that is committed to training you, either through a formal training program or through a mentoring arrangement with a senior DBA. In the meantime, I suggest that you do what you can to educate yourself and even work toward getting an OCA certification, which you can get through self study and passing one test. While the certification is certainly not a replacement for experience, it will show a potential employer that you can understand the basic concepts and have the initiative and drive to learn.

Good luck!

This was last published in June 2007

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