Could I design databases for a living?
September 25, 2007 6:43 PM Subscribe
Can I, should I, make a career change into database design?
posted by argybarg to computers & internet (16 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
I'm a teacher, former graphic designer and amateur computer nerd. I've found that in building a backside for my classroom projects (using FileMaker) I've gotten way into database design. I find constructing a data model and making it talk to be strangely thrilling -- great mind food. I even like the theoretical side, data normalization and all that, without fully understanding it yet.
On my hardest teaching days I wonder if, at 37 and without IT experience, I could become a data architect for a living. Some questions:
-- Is it typically an interesting job? I know most people would find all of it painfully dull, but I'm wondering if people who start out finding data modeling interesting wind up hating the work. Is it all writing routine queries or are there big, juicy problem-solving projects to be had?
-- Is there a career path aside from years of entry-level work followed by slowly collecting new job titles? Can I teach myself and hope to work before I'm 50?
-- I assume FileMaker is a peashooter in a world of big guns like Oracle and SQL. Is this correct? What should I be learning? What about PHP?
-- Am I nuts?
Thanks in advance.