DBA, a great position for a CIS major

by Kevin S
The main purpose of a DBA is to perform maintenance and optimization tasks on a daily basis. However, according to Craig Mullins, DBA’s often become much more than that. Because the DBA is often relied upon by both IT and business associates, the realm of what is asked and/or expected constantly grows. A DBA should expect this, and accept it as it makes him/her more valuable to a company while also extending their own personal abilities. Opportunities to grow may include (in addition to the standard DBA duties):  experience with new technologies, a better understanding of the meaning of data, actively participating in application development, or perhaps just a better understanding of business.

I chose this article because (although we may not get to it) we are going to learn about database administration. While there are several things to the job which I am sure aren’t easy, I feel it’s important to also recognize your personal role in a company. Keeping an open mind is always important and the offering of ones own skills and experience will always look good.

I enjoyed this article since I can see now that a DBA position would be a perfect fit for a CIS major like myself. We are learning about the use of technology in businesses and are basically becoming the glue which can hold the two together. After reading this article, I can see that this is exactly what a DBA position can become.

Mullins, C. S. (2012, November 13). A dba by any other name …. Retrieved from http://www.dbta.com/Articles/Columns/DBA-Corner/A-DBA-By-Any-Other-Name–86058.aspx

4 thoughts on “DBA, a great position for a CIS major

  • November 26, 2012 at 12:37 am

    I wish I had the capability to become a DBA. It sounds like a great position to work in especially because it pays good. I like that as a database analyst, you are able to move into other areas as your knowledge and skills expand. Also, data analysis feeds into the larger sphere of programming, business analysis and management, so your experience can very well take you to the top.

  • November 26, 2012 at 3:47 am

    Thanks for sharing… I really enjoyed reading this article. It gave a good perspective of the many hats a DBA may have to wear. I especially like the part of the article where the author mentions that the database is “guilty until proven innocent.” It reminded me of my days working in live sound and how you are never recognized when things go smoothly, but only when something goes wrong. The person at that board is always first to be blamed even though most often it’s the guitarist’s shotty amp or how a novice performer loves to hold the mic toward their monitor, etc. Just like any other industry it goes with the territory and as the article explains, expanding knowledge in both the business and technical facets outside the typical bounds of the position increases our value as an employee within a company.

  • November 26, 2012 at 10:06 am

    The difference in having SQL query experience as a student and as an administrator is a whole new playing field. As administrators, we’re required to understand the branches of business that your data affects. Depending on how the company matures, DBAs will either be required to perform the same redundant queries or specialize in new ones. Understanding your personal role in the business is definitely a great start to be a successful DBA. Thanks for sharing.

  • November 27, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    Thanks for the article. It gave great insights into what it is like to be a DBA. I have a friend who’s a DBA for Princess cruises, but he had no prior CIS background (biology major). However, he has many of those characteristics of a DBA mentioned in the article and it became natural for him.

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