Some Guidance Please - How to become a database Administrator/Analyst
I have a question on which path to take on becoming a database administrator. I have spent the last several years working in inventory control for a nonprofit organization. I managed IT inventory and also played a small role in helping to implement an inventory database. I participated in gathering business requirements, user acceptance testing, and helped with data cleansing. I have a degree in business and entry level IT certs (A+, Net+) which seem irrelevant in today's market. I'm not sure which path to take in order to achieve my goal of becoming a database analyst. At least that is what I believe the position would be called. I'm looking for insight on certifications or training that would be needed to enter this field. I have been trying to learn SQL on my own and have a long way to go. I guess I am trying to decide if formal education is the way to go (i.e. going back to school) or if there are certs/training that can help me. Any feedback is welcome.