A Good Time To Be an Oracle DBA

CNN articleI’ve seen a few articles lately that remind us that - in spite of the current economic climate - it is a good time to be a Database Administrator, both now and in the future.

In a CNN article the author lists Database Administrator (DBA) as one of the Top Ten Promising jobs with solid job growth outlook over the next several years. Additionally, a US-oriented salary survey indicates encouragingly high salaries for DBAs and Senior DBAs. Most importantly what these articles both indicate is that the DBA job role indeed continues to be a critical, high paying role with solid future prospects.

Now as much as ever, DBAs of all skill levels should look to shore up their skill sets and resumés. Certification can be a relatively inexpensive (although not easy) way to enhance your credibility and prospects while adding to your skills and knowledge.

As you evaluate your current situation, remember to consider certification as a part of your career-planning strategy – whether you need to upgrade, have never certified before, or are looking to specialize with an Expert designation.

Paul Sorensen

Paul Sorensen,
Director, Oracle Certification


Since when did "asking a friend" who has sat ANY tests become illegal? I think asking people not to ask other people what they saw, read, experienced is asking for the impossible. Call it human nature.

Posted by Bowie on June 23, 2009 at 05:51 PM PDT #

Hi Bowie, Getting suggestions on how to study or prepare is one thing, getting answers or other specific exam-related details from friends in not appropriate. Thanks, Paul

Posted by Paul Sorensen on July 08, 2009 at 05:05 AM PDT #

I agree- as long as you are honest and ethical, it is find to give the general permitted advice for study preparation to pass the exams. I usually tell folks to use the Oracle Certification exam preparation guidelines available online at the Oracle Education site. This gives folks the right details to best prepare and that way I do not violate any guidelines for the certification process. Oh- experience helps! I passed my OCP exams after years of working as a DBA. Cheers, Ben

Posted by Ben Prusinski on July 20, 2009 at 06:41 AM PDT #

Thanks for the comment Ben. You are spot on (in my opinion). This is exactly how I tell people to study. And experience goes a long, long way in helping you. Congratulations on getting certified - that's a great accomplishment. Thanks again for your comment. Paul

Posted by Paul Sorensen on July 21, 2009 at 12:50 AM PDT #

hey paul i am presently studying oracle 9i and after giving all my certification exams i want to do ocm how can i do it.and i want to study 10g and 11g as well.please guide me.thanks.

Posted by vidhi on November 06, 2009 at 05:31 PM PST #

i everybody, plz tell me how can i prepare to myself for performance tuning

Posted by Dalchand on November 07, 2009 at 11:15 AM PST #

What is the future new comers?I mean freshers?

Posted by Santanu on November 07, 2009 at 06:29 PM PST #

m certified ocp-dba ....but still a fresher .no job for ocp-dba fresher in india ......what is the solution??? what is the benifit for us although we hav done ocp-dba. in india.

Posted by SANDEEP KUMAR on November 08, 2009 at 12:38 AM PST #

Is there any opening or chance for fresher IT engg. & OCP certified student of india?

Posted by Rohit on November 15, 2009 at 02:56 PM PST #

Hey guys i just want a simple but truthful answer to this question. I am very interested in becoming an oracle dba, but a little apprehensive about the job prospects since all the jobs available require experience. How realistic is it for a beginner to get employed in this field after certification?

Posted by afrikanblak on December 01, 2009 at 01:00 PM PST #

Since you are going to be competing with people with experience, I highly recommend getting that experience however you best can. That said however, I think that 'time' in experience isn't as important as "type and quality" of that experience itself. Therefore, while you're preparing for your exam(s) - simultaneously seek out opportunities to get good experience through hire, freelance, volunteer, lab practice, etc. So in short, I think we'll all concur that yes - experience is very important. But I wouldn't plan to waste time just 'floating through the calendar to build time'; but rather, embark on a shorter laser-focused journey using the certification exam objectives as a guide. Also, it would be a good idea to check with your peers on the OTN Forum http://bit.ly/HGWo who will likely have some good advice on what worked (or didn't work) well for them. Good luck! —Harold Harold Green Sr Certification Program Manager | ORACLE UNIVERSITY

Posted by Harold Green on December 02, 2009 at 03:03 AM PST #

I ve more interest to do oracle dba. how is oracle dba jobs in future for freshers. Is it easy to get it(job) or not?

Posted by Harish on December 28, 2010 at 01:39 AM PST #

i had finished oracle dba10g..as i was a fresher in oracle there is no opening....so plz guide me for walkin.....

Posted by Danny J on January 04, 2011 at 01:01 AM PST #

hi i am gaurang tyagi from india i want to do oracle dba please guide me firstly what i do and all about oracle line please i am fully confused

Posted by gaurang tyagi on July 13, 2011 at 09:34 PM PDT #

You should start by having a look at our website certification.oracle.com. There are 125 or so certifications available. On the home page of our website, you will see products broken down into categories under Database, Java and Middleware, Applications and Server and Storage Systems. If you are looking for 11g DBA certification, you'll click on Oracle Database 11g and you will be able to view all the certifications available under Oracle Database 11g. Click on the certification you're interested in and you will be taken to what we call a 'Track Page.' This is a page that will show you the certification requirements. Once you have selected your certification, if you're still having trouble with what the requirements are, you can contact Oracle Certification Support http://bit.ly/f39Dny for further assistance.

Brandye Barrington

Posted by brandye barrington on July 15, 2011 at 01:27 AM PDT #

i am ready work for anywhere in tamilnadu

Posted by ramesh on August 24, 2011 at 11:14 PM PDT #

after oca and ocp as a fresher wat may b our scope????

Posted by guest on January 03, 2012 at 11:08 PM PST #

There are many different OCA and OCP certifications - your job prospects will be different for each different certification. You should have a look at the Oracle Certification Website at certification.oracle.com to determine the relevant job roles for each certification.

Brandye Barrington

Posted by guest on January 04, 2012 at 05:57 AM PST #


I am good in pl/sql, unix. i am confused to which line i should choose? Should i go for DBA or PL/SQL developer.

Can any one suggest me, which profile has more money it alway matters

Posted by guest on May 06, 2012 at 04:46 AM PDT #

This depends largely on your skill-level and area of interest. You'll need to complete the research for your region to determine what the job market looks like for each role. These factors should help you determine which path is best for you.

Brandye Barrington

Posted by Brandye Barrington on May 07, 2012 at 11:52 AM PDT #

I notice that this article is back from 2009 but comments are still being posted and replied to as of May 2012. I am wondering if the job prospects for this line are still as strong as ever? And if the general consensus is that this will be the case throughout this decade, minimally? I have an MS in Engineering - am a US citizen and studies in US too (at a "Tier 1" school). I don't have CompSci background or studies at all though, with the exception of basic programming skills, and no technical roles at all in my professional experience to date.

My goals are two-fold. One, of course, is that I would like to take up some type of Oracle studies to become a certified professional. Ideally this could include practical experience gained via volunteer work or hands-on lab studies to boost my resume. And two, my other goal is to shift to SE Asia or E Asia within the next 1-3 years, by obtaining employment there as a DB professional (Singapore or Hong Kong but not at all limited to those regions only). I seem to recall that Accenture, for example, works with Agile so that seems to be a prospective path. Of course I would need to showcase strong skills and talent not already readily available in the local job markets. If any of the moderators or Program Managers monitoring this board can offer any specific suggestions or other places I could start to look into for specific advice I would greatly appreciate it!

Posted by guest on May 23, 2012 at 04:36 PM PDT #

My first suggestion would be for you to pose this question to the professionals on the Oracle Certification Forum http://bit.ly/oDYL8C. The users there typically offer very insightful feedback.

Brandye Barrington

Posted by Brandye Barrington on May 31, 2012 at 01:37 PM PDT #

i am a oracle DBA OCP certified fresher,but no jobs for fresher,having good knowledge in architecture,backup and recovery,exporting and importing,space management. But still no jobs everyone is asking for 4-5 years of experience. If anyone will not give a chance,then from where i will get the experience,i have seen people using fake experience,but that wont help much because i could not able to learn anything. How to get a DBA jobs.Plz help me in this.

Posted by guest on July 08, 2012 at 11:49 AM PDT #

You are in an unfortunate situation that many people find themselves in when they are just starting out. This question has been addressed and some suggestions have been offered on our Certification Forum http://bit.ly/Lt5vhm.

You can also register for contract work on Elance, which may get you some much needed experience http://bit.ly/LjiDHp.

Brandye Barrington

Posted by Brandye Barrington on July 10, 2012 at 10:25 AM PDT #

I m an electrical engineer 2012 batch passout, fresher. I m planning for oracle dba since I hav no background in C and C , can i go through dis course? Is it better option for me? Wats d future and scope of dis course? Can i easily get a job after doing dis cousre? Many people says dat since u r a fresher so u will hardly get a job even after doing dis course... Can u plz help me out... M confused....

Posted by Pradeep chaudhary on October 09, 2012 at 12:16 PM PDT #

It seems that you may have some confusion around training and certification and requirements. I suggest that you start by having a look at our website at certification.oracle.com to see the different certifications available and to determine your certification requirements.

Regarding getting a job - that depends on many many more factors than certification. Certification can help get your resume looked at, but if you do not have any job experience, it is not easy to get a job. One option is to get certified and then try to get some contract work through a company like elance.com or odesk.com to help you get some experience.

Brandye Barrington

Posted by guest on October 10, 2012 at 12:48 PM PDT #

If their is Good time For oracle certification.

What and where are the jobs for freshers Candidate who spend huge amount of money on training and certification?

Posted by guest on March 01, 2013 at 07:51 PM PST #

This is a good point. It is not easy for new DBAs to break into the field. You may find some insight on this on our Certification Forum http://bit.ly/Lt5vhm.

Brandye Barrington

Posted by guest on March 04, 2013 at 12:42 PM PST #

I am very sorry to ask this bad question in this forum.
Now i am working in BPO and i want to Start my Career in Development or IT side. I have preferred Oracle and i want to be in DBA side.
I have completed My B.S.C, Comp Sci UG Degree on 2011 (3 Years back). Do i get a Job(Fresher) now in DBA side if i do a course and get an OCP Certificate.
I slightly know Pl/Sql Programming. Most of the Companies are wanted only Experience Candidates. After long time i am moving to DBA side, is possible to get a job..?

Thank you in advance.
I hope this community will help me to take me a step.

Posted by Jagadeesh on October 20, 2014 at 09:47 PM PDT #

You will probably get a better answer to this question by posing it to your peers who are closer to the job market for DBAs than I am. A good place to start would be on the Oracle Certification Fourm http://bit.ly/Lt5vhm.

Brandye Barrington

Posted by Brandye Barrington on October 21, 2014 at 12:40 PM PDT #

As i am a fresher of 2014 batch. I am not doing any course but good knowledge about C and Data structure. If I will doing any course for oracle DBA or Developer. Then what will be my chances to be part of oracle company.

Posted by Biswajit Moharana on November 13, 2014 at 01:59 AM PST #

That is not a question I can answer. I am not in the Oracle Careers team. Maybe try here http://bit.ly/LuXkCQ.

Brandye Barrington

Posted by Brandye Barrington on November 21, 2014 at 02:30 PM PST #

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