Wondering how feasible it is to become a database administrator when I'm in my mid-30s, even though my IT skills are pretty minimal.
As I grow older, I feel like I'm going to need a backup plan because my current job--though I enjoy it--is very physical. I've considered programming
and dabbled in it a bit since I wrote that question (thanks everyone who responded!), but have found I am less interested in programming than actually working with databases, as I did at a very, very elementary level in the past.
Back when I had a desk job, I enjoyed organizing data (in Excel and other applications...think pivot tables). I loved breaking reams of messy information into discrete units. I enjoyed trying to reduce any double data-entry at my company using simple applications, and liked trying to create systems where data was entered, analyzed, and made available to everyone within the company who needed it. But I used whatever apps were available then at my company...and often slapped data together bits and pieces of MS-Office type applications. Today, I could probably put together a simple MS Access or Filemaker database. Sadly, this is the extent of my database abilities.
And now I'm wondering: should I pursue a career where I can build and manage databases? I'm not really looking for the big six-figure salary (though that would be nice), but just a career where I can make a decent amount of money and have fun making use of my obsessive tendencies with data instead of fighting it.
1. Is database administration the name of the career I am seeking? I want to either set up data so it is consistent, create or use programs that people can use and access so it can give them all kinds of reports, possibly set up interfaces that allow them to enter data easily, and maybe change or modify the program as a company evolves.
2. Would I have to go back to school for this? (I have a liberal arts degree.) Caveat: I'm not located close to any good IT schools. I'd be limited to community college for education, or perhaps something online.
3. Do you have any tips for me in pursuing such a career?
If you have answers to the above questions, can share your experience as someone who does the above, or any advice in general for someone looking to work with databases, I'd love to hear it. Thanks!