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Oracle training for scientist with no background in IT

I have no solid background or knowledge of IT. Although a degree holder in biological sciences, I desire to pursue a career in database administration. Is it possible for me?

I have no solid background or knowledge of IT. Although a degree holder in biological sciences, I desire to pursue a career in database administration. Is it possible for me? Will registering for Oracle training not be a waste? If positive, how best can I go about it and what self-help I can give myself? Thank you.

Wow, another tough question to answer!

While I never like to discourage anyone from taking up a career path as a DBA, I do have to caution you that jumping into the IT field as a DBA would normally pose a serious challenge for the average individual. DBA work is very knowledge-intensive and the concepts very difficult to grasp without having some sort of previous IT or relational database background. Without an IT-related degree or any previous knowledge of database technologies, you may want to consider starting your IT career as an entry-level developer instead. This way you can be introduced gradually to database concepts, learn the SQL language, interact with DBAs, and then gauge whether or not DBA is a good career path for you.

Jumping into Oracle DBA training without previous knowledge will surely be a waste of time and money. If you do decide to go for it, I would at least recommend starting with a basic SQL class as all Oracle DBA classes require a working knowledge of the SQL language.

Good luck!

This was last published in June 2007

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