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DBA on mulitiple databases

Hi All,

How will be the career oppurtunities for DBAs on multiple
databases..i am a coredba on MSSQL for past 5years and i have a great
desire to work on Oracle as a dba..i have enough skills for that.. But
the issue is i have just 1 year experience as a DBA in multiple
databases.. In several Interviews (of top it mncs) when i asked for a
role of DBA on multiple databases, they almost disagreed with me saying
it is not possible anywhere..u should stick to only one database

I would like to know 3 things..
1. With my present skills can i get a career of my choice as a DBA on
multiple databases?
2. If my current skills are not sufficient..what i need to learn to
become a core Oracle DBA..?

3. What is the career chain of a DBA? mean what are the growth
opportunities for a DBA? like DBlead etc..
I thank inadvance for all valid suggestions..


Jul 23 '05 #1
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I am a SQL Server consultant and I can tell you from experience that it
is HIGHLY beneficial to become proficient on every database you can. I
personally think that if you focus on 1 RDBMS you can become 95% guru
at it but if you focus on many you can probably become 75%-80%
knowledgable on each. It depends on what your career goal is. You can
either work less months a year and earn more per hour (SQL Server only)
or work more months a year and earn less per hour (as many DBs as
possible).. in the end it all balances out.

If you want to work for a company I think you should learn as much as
possible about each DB system. If you learn SQL Server then you should
also learn mySQL or Oracle. If you learn Oracle you should also learn
Sybase or SQL Server. Make learning your business. Remember that when
you are on an interview you are interviewing them as much as they are
you; don't let someone tell you your business.

People who want to be come a database lead or manager should focus on
learning a lot about all database systems, plus hardware, software,
network and project management. A great leader is someone who can find
the right people who can do the job and motivate them, not just someone
who can do the whole thing by themselves.

This all just my 2 cents.

Jul 23 '05 #2

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