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I'm .NET Developer with 3 years of experience. Looking to change career to DBA. Advise please. Expand / Collapse
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Posted Wednesday, February 5, 2014 10:24 AM


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So beside .NET and SQL Server, what is the hot MS technical field out there that on high demand, I'm willing to learn whatever MS Technology to get my salary to 6 figures or as close as possible. (Windows Azure, SQL Server, Windows Server, etc)


If you're chasing the money alone, management. Get an MBA.
If you want to stay in technology, find what you enjoy and the money will follow.

How can I get the foot in the door as SQL Server DBA without any certification, as my experience is .NET Dev. At least with certification, I have something to sell on the table.


You don't. DBAs are seldom hired with no experience. They're responsible for a company's data and if the DBA messes up, the company could be in serious trouble. I know of several who have gone out of business after losing their data. Easiest way is to move across in your current company, where they know you, know your skills and have some trust in you. Move across to the DB side, learn the trade for a year or two then move to a new company once you have some experience.


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I was inaccurate about the intern level though, at least for the administration test. My bad, thanks for clarifying that for me/us.


That quote was actually from 461, the basic querying exam. Down at the bottom of the page below the skills measured.


It's only, like, right there in huge letters, and not hidden under a link. I must scroll down more! Yeah, sorry. I disagree with them, but that's a different issue altogether; you need to know most of that stuff to start getting your two years.

Edit: Also, agreed. Gail's advice is solid, and better phrased than mine. +2.



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It's only, like, right there in huge letters, and not hidden under a link. I must scroll down more! Yeah, sorry. I disagree with them, but that's a different issue altogether; you need to know most of that stuff to start getting your two years.


I don't think they're saying 'you should know this after 2 years', but rather 'you should have 2 years of experience using all this stuff before writing this exam'



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Combine your advice together, should I secretly try to take MCSA SQL Server 2012 certification and then wait for my time to come to assume the role of DBA (in the same company)? I wonder if if it's right thing to do if I ask for raise of 61k ==> 80k in this case?
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MinhTuCSharper (2/6/2014)
Combine your advice together, should I secretly try to take MCSA SQL Server 2012 certification and then wait for my time to come to assume the role of DBA (in the same company)? I wonder if if it's right thing to do if I ask for raise of 61k ==> 80k in this case?


If you want to assume the role of DBA in your company you should be open about it. Doing things secretly is not a good way to gain the trust of your supervisor. Let them know you are interested in that position if it should become available. Let them know you are serious by gaining certifications if you want. You might also consider working with the current DBA to learn the ropes and demonstrate that you are willing and able to do the work. Also, you might be careful about asking for a raise in salary that large. That is almost a 33% increase. That is likely to burst any budget.

It seems to me that your desire is not for the position but is all about the money. To be honest, I think with only 3 years of experience you are getting a more than fair salary. I would have a hard time paying somebody who is still pretty fresh out of school that much. Remember that your career should be a process, not a destination.


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