How to Become a Good DBA Consultant: Key Qualities you should Posses

The road to becoming a world-recognized DBA is not an easy one to take. However, panic, not my friend, everything that you need to know about becoming a DBA administrator and the responsibilities that come with the title are all laid out in this post. Keep reading!

As it is with other demanding careers, I am sure that you want to equip yourself with all the relevant information to ensure that you have a good start in a career that not so many have the passion for. If truth be told, for you to become a good DBA, you must above all other things create a strong foundation from which you can grow.

  • Certification – Remember the phrase ‘Education is the key to success? Well, this is so true when it comes to employment and career choices. It is your certification that will give you ranks in the employment world. Therefore, for you to get attached to a company as the acting DBA, you must have some educational background and credentials to back you up. 

For example, Oracle, being one of the prevalent integrated hardware and software businesses in the world, offers certification for each supported version of a product. It is the certification that will help you deliver technical support and recommendations for companies that run specific Oracle products.

As a matter of fact, an Oracle certification might just secure you a promotion and/or a raise. Therefore, enroll for a certified course in database administration from Oracle; take it further into bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

  • Experience–It takes the industrial experience for one to be labeled a good DBA. Since more and more companies are now relying on database administration to secure their crucial data and information, you must prove yourself worth the position of a DBA. The best way for you to understand the whole shebang about databases and your responsibilities as the DBA consultant, then you must have years of experience. 

Therefore, during your first steps into this career, seek first the experience and not just the pay, because, at the end of the day, the experience will give you a chance in higher places.

  • Commitment – Being a DBA requires commitment at its highest level. Unlike other careers when people have occasional breaks during a financial year to relax, a DBA should be able and willing to work, perform and deliver 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Yes, you heard it right; it is quite a demanding job!

There is basically no specific working plan for a database consultant. The responsibilities that come with the title are so huge and at most times stressful. Believe it or not, DBA administration consultants work even during holidays because tasks like database maintenance don’t have a time frame.

With the three tips mentioned above, you can rest assured that your career in database administration and consulting is headed for greatness. The money will simply start to flow your way and more companies will be begging for your services. The more you polish your expertise through industrial experience; you get more chances to flourish in your career. 


Eric Potter is a DBA consultant and administrator. He has a record of DBA consulting for 4 years now. He loves spending his free time reading motivational books. For more information, visit his page.

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