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Database Administrator or Web Developer

USArsenalFanUSArsenalFan Posts: 17Registered User New Member
edited July 2010 in Science Majors
OK, bare with me as I try to make this brief … it’s a little complex.
Current Education: BS in Political Science (2007)
MA in Theological Studies (2011)

Work Experience: Data Analyst (i.e., I make lots of reports for management)

Goal: PhD in Church History or Systematic Theology; professorate

So, now to my question. With there being very, very few jobs as a professor in a seminary, I am debating about getting some training in an IT related field – to supplement income or act as a backup.

What type of education/training do employers look for when hiring a database administrator or web developer? – those are my two interests.

Some seem satisfied with an A.A. degree from a technical college; others want a bachelor’s in CS or MIS. I am currently looking at a BASc degree in informational technology infrastructure from a very reputable school nearby that is in the college of continuing education. It takes a little from CS, IT, and MIS.

Thanks for your time.
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  • jwxiejwxie Posts: 1,479Registered User Senior Member
    Definitely cs / IS background more preferable, especially for database administrator.

    Web developer is very board. Please check this discussion

    http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/science-majors/951702-web-native-development-primary-focus-computer-science-major.html
  • USArsenalFanUSArsenalFan Posts: 17Registered User New Member
    Thanks, jwxie.

    I found a forum elsewhere that debated technical v. university for IT related fields. It seemed like the number one argument for the university was upward mobility. But if I already have a bachelor's degree, and I am not primarily interested in management, then not a concern?

    So, maybe a technical college?
  • jwxiejwxie Posts: 1,479Registered User Senior Member
    Yes. Definitely true for both statements. You can go to a technical college and still able to get a job. The potential salary and employment maybe lower than those with B.S, M.S.

    Database Administrator is pretty board, and I think smaller organizations would look for people who are both server specialist and database administrator.
    Information system is probably what you want to look for. CS for database administration? Unless you want to get into really really big task like facebook. Then probably yes :0 a CS might help, but I guess people who do those administrations are probably information.....

    I can't be very sure. You can still find a job with technical degree :) a BS, MS doesn't guarantee that you will get hired.
    While in technical school try to get involve with the people there and see if you can get into an internship or not. I am sure you are older than me, and you know what is the best :)

    Since there are so many types of database, in general you will have to pass certain license exams to be certified. Let say Oracle, Microsoft database, whatever it is :0


    Web development is another story. Solid foundation in HTML, CSS, Javascript, basic design tools are necessary. Whether you want to learn PHP, ASP.NET or JSP, it's up to you. I think PHP&MySQL is more common in combination for now. So maybe start with that.
    I am currently looking at a BASc degree in informational technology infrastructure from a very reputable school nearby that is in the college of continuing education. It takes a little from CS, IT, and MIS.
    Is this a 4-years program since i see bachelor art of science :) ?
  • USArsenalFanUSArsenalFan Posts: 17Registered User New Member
    I am 25 ... and I starting to feel old.

    Well, I am in great need of guidance. This is all very new to me ... as you can imagine with that pedigree of education. What of the fields we have been talking about have the greatest affinity with something like Access? My interaction with Access at work is the catalyst setting me down this path. I think what I love about Access is that it seems to be multidisciplinary.
  • jwxiejwxie Posts: 1,479Registered User Senior Member
    Access is probably an entry-level database, for smaller organizations. Potentially you want to aim higher, for more advance database system like Oracle, SQL server...

    Two years ago when I began to search for summer jobs, I had seen many database developer and/ administrator in request.

    If you have experience with Access I think you will find yourself more comfortable in database field, at least you know what it is like. But Access is really not interesting....

    LOL I start feeling old too.... 19 :( looking at freshman in my high school oh god!!!! kids are now using facebook too :)

    Career.com
    search job with database, and location like new york city
    you will find a lot
    look up in ur areas
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