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I became a MySQL 5.0 Certified DBA (CMDBA later changed to SCMDBA) back on August 11, 2007. While I never personally met or know of any person who got a raise because the person became certified, that was never my incentive from the start. I wanted to be taken seriously as a DBA. I had made the transition from a Developer to a Developer/DBA, starting with ...


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This is a forked question, but I will attempt to answer the first two, from the SQL Server perspective only. What certifications do you have? None. Has your certification, of lack of one, ever worked for, or against, you? Not for or against me. But I will advise on one danger of getting the certs as some kind of proof that you know the material: ...


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I imagine you can go anywhere you want to go. But real-world experience counts too -- not just what's on the exam, so don't expect a high-level position from the start. You'll probably have to start as low man on the totem pole, so-to-speak. Having been a DBA, I can tell you several things: It's freakin' hard work When things are going well, life is good. ...


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I am a completely certification free zone, although some might describe me as certifiable. Hasn't hurt my career in the slightest, but I have worked for a couple of MS gold partner companies where there was a requirement to have a minimum level of certified staff in order to keep the gold partner status.


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It depends... Anyone can work from home if they have the proper work ethic. If your very self motivated and task oriented then it will work fine. It is important that you are able to show the people that you report to that you are producing top quality work. As a manager it is harder for me to manage remote employees because I have to work harder to make ...


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Boring...whoever told you that did not love being a DBA :) Now I am a SQL Server DBA but the market I am in down in Alabama is full of Oracle jobs. It is difficult to get in with no experience. The job openings I am seeing are not folks leaving junior or beginner DBA positions, they are senior level. So you will find job postings that require 5 or 10 years ...


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I've discovered my education as a DBA and as an IT professional came in three tiers. What I learned on my own. Basically from each job I was hired for, I learned how each shop operated, listened to business requirements and learned on my own how to complete the assignments. A lot of reading the manual (now Googling) and trial-and-error is involved but it's ...


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I have passed 11 MS exams. But the latest one i got is MCITP: Databes Developer 2008. Lack of certification never worked against me, but I have had a feeling, that it helps sometimes. They are good for company: to get MS Gold partner status, to show clients have certified employees, to show boss that we are learning. They are good for me: I do prepare for ...


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I currently hold 2 SQL Server certifications, a PMP, and some other certifications. I don't know that my certifications have ever worked against me. They have help the organizations I work for with their marketing efforts and partnership levels. They have also set some sort of basic knowledge level when discussing a topic with a new contact/client. I ...


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Best teaching is the school of hard knocks and the college of life. I have no formal qualifications, no degree of any kind. Academic qualifications in my view are no better than experience, probably less valuable than experience. You can take the relevant Microsoft or Oracle or whoever exams but it doesn't make you a good DBA, its a start but again it's ...


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For development you should learn: SQL including optimizations DDL (table creations etc.) plpgsql, PL/SQL, T-SQL (native database language to write procedures and functions) good to know C, java, scripting languages jdbc how it works storage - how db store data and which solutions are faster then another ... For administration all above, scripting ...


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