To work as a database administrator, you typically need to:
- have a high school diploma or equivalent; and
- have a bachelor's degree.
Education after high school
A bachelor's degree is the preferred level of education for this occupation. Many database administrators have their degree in computer science, information science, or management information systems (MIS). A master's in business administration (MBA) paired with computer courses is also a good way to prepare.
Some database administrators have related work experience. You can gain experience through computer jobs, learning new skills at each one. Eventually, you have enough knowledge to move into a database administration position.
You should consider participating in an internship while in college. An internship is usually part of a four-year degree program. It offers you a chance to apply what you have learned in the classroom to a work situation. It also allows you to build skills and make contacts with people in the field.
Some new administrators receive on-the-job training. The length of training varies by employer. In general, administrators receive up to one year of training. During this period you work under the guidance of experienced database administrators. In large companies, you may also get formal classroom training. You receive greater independence and increased responsibility as you gain knowledge and experience.
Because of the fast changing nature of this field, employers often offer training in the newest computer technologies and applications.
Some branches of the military train people to be computer systems specialists. Training lasts from seven to 13 weeks, depending on your specialty. Additional training occurs on the job.