What does it take to be certified as an Oracle DBA?

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Those who are interested in becoming Oracle database administrators, this is a promising career that requires both general and specific skills sets.

If you are a programmer following developments in the job market, you probably know that a number of different software development jobs are in high demand in Houston.

Of course, that doesn't mean that competition for these positions won't be fierce. You'll want to stand out among your peers. One way to do that is to get certified in your field of choice.

For example, for those who are interested in becoming Oracle database administrators, this is a promising career that requires both general and specific skill sets. You must be a skilled programmer and systems administrator, and have a deep understanding of Oracle applications. It doesn't hurt to also have experience in some of the industries that tend to use Oracle.

Luckily, Oracle offers a certification program, which it touts on its website as "among the most sought after badges of credibility for expertise in the Information Technology marketplace." It is recognized by the industry, and the fact that it carries the name "Oracle" certainly gives it some weight among hiring managers. In addition, the company's statistics have found that 97 percent of those who have participated in the program felt they benefited from certification, while 89 percent said it gave them more confidence in their Oracle skills.

A recent blog post on Tech Republic explained in more detail how one would go about completing this certification program, beginning with introductory exams, like the Introduction to Oracle91 SQL.

"The most important advantage any certification provides is the endorsement of an independent third party that says you, in fact, know what you are doing," the post read. With a certification in hand, a Houston IT staffing agency will be quite willing to find you some potential positions.

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