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Oracle DBA jobs to grow 38%

Every year, young computer professionals leave the hallowed halls and ivory towers of college and survey the landscape for computer jobs.  They look at the salary surveys and drool at the prospect of earning up to $250k per year as a DBA.  Many of them don't know what a DBA does, but they sure like the money. 

This Forbes article notes that the DBA job role is one of the fastest growing areas of information technology with a projected increase of over 38%.

"DBAs came in at #12, and are projected to go from 104,000 in 2004 to 144,000 in 2014, an increase of 38.20%.  

It should come as no shock that of the top 30 fastest-growing jobs, 17 are health care-related. (Number one is home health aides.) However, it was somewhat surprising that “network systems and data communications analysts” came in at #2, given automation and outsourcing. The latter reason likely accounts for the conspicuous absence of developers on the list. (Although they probably appear on India’s list!)

Forbes lists the current starting pay for DBAs as $43,605, which seems low. One hopes that as demand increases, salaries will follow.

Still, DBAs have a long way to go to get to the best-paying tech job: SAP functional consultants (boo! hiss!), who earn an average of $163,000. Database administration as a career has been on various “hot lists” for some time now."

This is nothing new, and predictions of the growing role of the DBA date back to the 1970’s.  However, the role of the Oracle DBA’s is changing, increasing in scope as the mundane and tedious chores of basic database management are automated.

Even though the DBA job role is increasing demand, the standards are becoming higher than ever, as companies realize that they need a highly-qualified professional to manage their mission-critical data.

Also see how to become an Oracle Guru and
how to become an Oracle Applications DBA.

Also, see my notes on DBA jobs:


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