How to become an Oracle DBA

by Kevin S
Last week I read and wrote about an article describing what a DBA’s job consists of, and the question arose of how a person might go about becoming a DBA. This week I read the article “How to become an Oracle DBA” by Burleson Consulting. The author starts off by listing the very generous salaries of DBA’s, which often start at around $100k/year and can reach up to $250k/year. While this is appealing, that salary doesn’t come easy. The author talks about the complex and specialized set of skills which are required. The main 3 points he brings up are outstanding communication, business degree, and of course DBA skills. The author also suggests taking courses such as Operations Research and getting Oracle certifications(however he later states in a comment on the article that certifications don’t mean much anymore).

Considering we are just finishing up in our first database class, perhaps we aren’t anywhere close to being ready to hop into a DBA position. But as I pointed out in my last article, we are all on the correct path as CIS majors if we so choose to take it. The background in business is extremely important.

The author does however also mention some lower level positions which don’t have such high requirements as a DBA such as an entry level database engineer Jr. consultant whose duties include maintaining the integrity of data, running queries against the database, going out to client sites, and installing and troubleshooting systems. These are all things which we have learned in this class or just through our curriculum. A position like this sounds very much achievable and would be excellent for getting the foot in the door for becoming a DBA.

Consulting, B. (2012). How to become an Oracle DBA. Retrieved from

3 thoughts on “How to become an Oracle DBA

  • December 3, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    Wow that is a generous salary for a DBA. The certification process is very expensive but unfortunately it does little to offer a competitive advantage for job seekers.

  • December 4, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    Very informative read in regards to a DBA’s position. I agree it is a lot of work like other IT positions and the rewards as a result of knowing such skill is very good.

  • March 20, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    Database administrations pay a nice amount and seems like a great career to go into. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there is 15% job growth increase over the next 2 years which makes it very appealing to go into epically with that amount of pay.

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