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DBA job title hierarchy tips 

Oracle Database Tips by Donald BurlesonFebruary 12, 2015

Question:  I am a junior DBA and I was wondering about the job titles in large organizations and the hierarchy of job titles for Oracle DBA employees.

Answer:  Because Oracle DBA professionals command high salaries, many are given honorary job titles. These include fellows titles such as the Apple fellow, whereby the corporation grants special privileges to Oracle employees granted fellow status. Other Oracle DBA superstar titles include vice president of database administration, chief technologist, and the new job title (used by Bill Gates), chief software architect.

In a large corporate organization with dozens of DBA's there is a hierarchy of DBA job titles.  The head DBA is usually a vice president, reporting directly to the CFO, just like the VP of software development and the VP of systems administration.  This is because the DBA area must be free of undue influences from the systems development management.

Under the VP of Database Administration we see the following job titles:

  • Manager of database administration:  This job title can also be Director of database administration.
  • Senior DBA:  This is a DBA job title normally reserved for a DBA with more than 10 year of full time experience.
  • Junior DBA:  This is for a newly graduated college person.

In addition, we also see these specialty DBA job titles:

  • Database Architect:  This job title is done for a DBA charged with designing new databases.
  • Data Administrator:  This DBA job title is charged with managing and enforcing data naming standards (PL/SQL variable names, table names, column names, schema names, etc.)
  • Database system engineer:  This DBA job title is for software engineers who write low-level routines (such as Linux I/O drivers and system internals work).
  • Medical Informaticist:  This is a DBA with an MD degree, normally the end-user liaison in a hospital between the DBA's and the doctors.
  • Database Engineer:  In the USA, this job title requires an advanced college degree in engineering, hand it is commonly used my questionable consultants without a 4-year software engineering degree.

Also see my notes on how to become an Oracle DBA.

   
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