Here are some reasons of choosing Oracle DBA career.
I discussed with so many candidates and students about why they choose Oracle DBA as a career. I found some amazing facts behind this career selection. I asked the reason of career change from some of my students too who worked as developers and not wanted to switch in database administration.
The scope of Jobs is more:
Oracle is a worldwide leader and Oracle database is most popular globally. Thus, jobs are available more than another RDBMS DBA jobs. Most of the companies are using Oracle database on various platforms. Means chances of Oracle DBA jobs are more at any type of industry like telecom, finance, banking, etc. This is might be one of the valid reason for choosing Oracle DBA career.
No programming skills need:
Some candidates gave this kind of reason for choosing Oracle database administration field that they are not interested in programming or they are weak in programming. Off course, their programming skill is not necessary for database administration field but I am not 100% agreed with same, because we need some knowledge of applications too for making it better or gaining good performance.
In contrast, you need to understand the system, hardware, network administration for making yourself very good in database administration field. Have you seen these all requirements in any programming career?
Some candidates replied that in Oracle DBA career they could earn more than others. I do not agree 100% for this reason too because there are lots of another IT field available where you can earn more than Oracle DBA.
Database Administration is easiest in Oracle:
Off course, this is not the valid reason and not true in all aspects. There are lots of companies running different databases on multiple platforms with various Oracle versions. I was in team lead in a bank which was running more than 150 databases (24/7 environment) on AIX, Linux, Solaris, Windows with Oracle 8i, Oracle 9i, Oracle 10g, Oracle 11g versions with standby databases and Oracle RAC. Do you think it was easy to manage those all?
Job change is easy:
This is another unacceptable reason for choosing Oracle DBA career. Job availability is good than it is not necessary to change job frequently. If you change job frequently then you would spoil your reputation from HR department and fragment your resume and this could be harmful to your future career.
Oracle Certification is easy:
When we are talking about Oracle certification upgrade then this reason is right because Oracle doesn’t provide frequent version changes. If you see last 15 years history of Oracle versions then there were very few versions introduced. It means if you are Oracle certified then upgrades are very few. You need to clear only single upgrade exam in 3-4 years for making your certification up to date.
Why I choose Oracle DBA profession?
As per my thinking, in Oracle database administration career I am getting chances to learn multiple skills like operating system, networking, hardware, applications. As Oracle DBA, I get lots of chances of troubleshooting which are thrilling me every day for accepting a new challenge and learning new things every day. Due to these all reasons, I like Oracle DBA career. Off course, these all things are happening if you work hard and monitor your every database, application trends, operating system logs, hardware capacity, network monitoring. If you go to office and seat ideally for waiting of complaint about performance or disaster then you would never learn anything and one day you get bored from your existing job.