Written by Ekta Siva
As one of the fastest-growing economies in the world, with a GDP growth of 7.4% in 2014, India's rapidly expanding IT market continues to be a great place for graduates and IT professionals alike.
Nasscom research predicts nearly a quarter of a million jobs will be added to the IT industry this year in India.
Companies are continuing to gear up their resources to meet the local and export demands.
India's Job Prediction by PeopleStrong, published as a part of the India Skills Report 2015, captures the hiring trends based on data shared by top employers in the industry. It predicts an increase of almost 18% in the hiring numbers compared to 2014.
The large number of graduates flowing into the job market has heightened competition for employment.
While the good news is that the industry is still expanding, IT professionals need to continuously upgrade their skills and expand their expertise to climb the corporate ladder.
Earning Oracle Certifications has proven to be one way professionals are doing this.
Research suggests that the certification process demonstrates a level of expertise that potentially allows you to command a higher salary and more senior level positions.
For example, research conducted by PayScale shows the salary range DBAs can expect after earning the OCP certification.
In addition to job availability and salary scale, IT professionals need to explore the support infrastructure available to them. The AIOUG, India's Oracle User Group, is a strong and active organization that brings Oracle professionals together for continuous learning, problem solving and education.
Such support is important for those new to the marketplace as well as industry veterans, as it provides a backbone for support for your entire career!
As the IT industry continues to witness rapid expansion, IT professionals need to keep up with industry developments and align themselves with the direction of growth.
Investing in hands-on, continuous training is critical to stay relevant in an ever-changing and dynamic industry.
Selecting a career partner like Oracle is a smart choice for IT professionals. Oracle stays at the forefront of technology both through internal development, R&D and acquisitions.
Being Oracle certified will not only give you credibility; it also gives you the earning and staying power in India's highly competitive market.
Visit the Oracle Certification website to explore available certifications. Get started today!