You are reading this because you think that becoming a database administrator may be the right career path for you.
Database administrators are responsible for all facets of managing MySQL. Such responsibilities range from installation and patching to creating databases to managing permissions that allow users to actually use the databases. However, more than anything, they are responsible for protecting the data. Also, they are responsible for ensuring that performance levels are maintained. They often act as internal advisors on how to use MySQL effectively. It is a critical role. The reason is that if a database is offline or data is lost, then the business and its customers immediately feel the impact.
Very few database administrators start as database administrators. Many database administrators start as developers. Also, as they work with the database as almost all applications need at least one database, they find that they gravitate to the management side of things. Many database administrators start as network or systems administrators who start working with the database by performing installs and patches, learning the basics and then gradually adding skills. Others begin as report writers or performing extract, transform, and load work. Regardless of their starting point, they show an affinity for data and databases as it comes naturally to them.
Read the 17-page whitepaper "How To Become a Database Administrator for MySQL" to learn about the role of the database administrator and many of the things that are involved in learning the skills. The goals of the whitepaper are to:
After providing the background, the whitepaper translates that information to an action plan.
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