Career As A Database Administrator (DBA) After MBA

Database Administrator
Career as a DBA after MBA

The news didn't shocked me when i read that Database Administrator (DBA) is the top career option for MBA's. The news was published in one of the most reputed news website In one of my earlier post we'd also feature DBA as best career option for MBA's.

A database administrator also known as DBA is a person who create the systems that store and process information, and they strive to make this process run as efficiently as possible. He is also responsible for designing, organizing and maintaining the systems that users need to access the information. The person is also responsible for taking the backup of the database & defining the role of DB users. He sometimes also train them to use the information effectively.

Some of the tasks database administrators do are:

  • Store data using database management systems software
  • Identify data storage needs
  • Set up new databases
  • Convert data from old to new database systems
  • Add new users to systems
  • Test and troubleshoot database management systems
  • Plan data security and backup strategies
  • Ensure the integrity of data
A career path of a DBA could be like this

Database Administrator --> Senior Database Administrator --> Chief Technology Officer

While being a DBA is exciting and lucrative, it's a career choice that requires years of preparation. The most important thing to remember is that the job of a DBA requires a 24x7 commitment. You may have to work during the holidays as well to maintain the downtime. You also have to be up to date with the rapidly changing technology.

You can choose Database Administration as your career option if you've a technical education background. Most employers of database administrators require a bachelor's degree in computer science, information science, or management information systems (MIS). Some prefer a master's degree in business administration (MBA) with a concentration in information systems.

To start a career as a DBA you must poses a very good communication skills, a degree in business administration and a good experience, at least of five years in database handling. 

The career option is much popular in US but in India i personally haven't find many DBA's who has a MBA degree but in near future as technology is growing we may see a good demand of DBA's having a business management degree.

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