If you are thinking of getting into database programming, then the first thing you would need is a bachelor’s degree in some area of computing, generally any area would have atleast one database subject.
Now when you are searching for a job, most companies will ask that you are proficient in a specific vendor implementation, such as Sql Server, Oracle, etc. In addition, you should know at least one programming language, preferably two.
For example, If you want to go for MS SQL Server DBA, then you have to know VB.NET, C#, or C++. It’s also useful to know how to use a programming languages API for accessing different types of databases as well.
Make sure to do a lot of practice in your own machine in your spare time, that’s how you learn. You should know which systems you can choose to learn databases.
1. There is MySQL – It’s the most used; mainly because it’s free.
2. Microsoft Access – you must have worked on MS access if you have taken a course of Microsoft office.
It can handle only a limited amount of concurrent connections, that’s a serious limitation for working in environments where there are a huge number of connections.
On the plus side, it comes along with MS Office Bundle, is easy to install and you can make forms and tables easily, hence a great tool to learn databases.
3. Microsoft SQL server express – This and the others have the same syntax, the only problem with using this is that it runs only on Microsoft OS environment
4. Oracle Express Edition
5. DB2 Express C
Get certified as either MCITP-DBA (Microsoft), OCP or OCM (Oracle), or IBM‘s DB2 database. These are three of the largest in use.
When you get an entry-level job, don’t fuss about the boring job and the low pay, this is the time to learn – you will get more when you have had experience.