I am trying to get an Oracle DBA certification and I need your help. I am trying to get a grant ($5,000) from the Colorado state government and I have to do research on the DBA occupation. I hope you could answer the following questions.
  1. How would I be marketable with DBA cerification?
  2. How would I obtain the necessary skill set?
  3. What is the entry-level wage?
  4. What is the long-term outlook for this position?
  5. What is the advancement potential?
I really appreciate your time.

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  1. Having certification alone will probably not land you a job as a DBA. Companies are looking for experience as well.
  2. The hardest thing to do is to get a job as a DBA. Many DBAs come from an application developer background or a system administrator background. Leverage those skill sets from one of those jobs should you be employed along those lines. Add the skill sets from the other position you are not coming from.
  3. Entry-level wage varies quite largely from region to region. On Google, look up 'salary survey' and see what you might find for your region.
  4. Database administrators are not going away any time soon. So I feel the outlook is good. However, the position is rapidly changing. So today's DBA needs to change with it.
  5. Many DBAs either stay in the job because they love it, or they move on to management positions within their company.

This was first published in April 2006

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