I am just wondering how Oracle DBA is going to proceed in the near future when Oracle has already started with self tunned database! Is there still a market for Oracle DBA? If yes, mostly in which countries?
I've seen loads of answers to this sort of question on this and other forums. I guess it comes down to what you consider a DBAs role. If you think a DBA is present to create tables, size extents, manage memory allocations, manage rollback and extend datafiles then that role is certainly coming to an end. Those sort of task are either not necessary anymore or can be done by developers.
If on the other hand you think the DBA job involves helping developers and designers understand the best ways to use the technology, along with all the other day-to-day stuff that still remains, then I think that role will be around for some time to come.
In my own case, as well as the "traditional" DBA work I'm also involved in development and design decisions, performance tuning of bad application code, management of the application server layer etc. A few year ago this would never have been considered DBA territory. Now I believe it's standard for alot of people out there.
Why do I have time to do this? Because I don't spend all day worrying about rollback segments anymore
The DBA role is going away. Get out now while you can.
Can you offer an alternative to us poor soon-to-be-jobless DBAs? Surely there must be a more exciting alternative than to learn sys admin skills... Talk about tedious Database Design is the way to go for me I think. I can see my future there more so than a "strictly DBA" role...
Thanks for all your comments! Tim has a very good view on what I am having doubts on
I believe that DBA will still exists, maybe not in big groups anymore... the market for DBA does not seems to be as hot as before. My main concern now is how to get employed and what are most companies looking for in a DBA besides the normal tasks. What are extra skills that a DBA should learn for added value?