Database developers and certified system administrators are among the highest-sought employees in technology. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), database specialists with certifications will find themselves in an industry with higher-than-average national job growth through the end of the decade. If you want to take your place among these leading computer specialists, consider pursuing a certification in one or more of the popular, emerging software technologies.
Currently there are two major branches in the certified database path: Microsoft and Oracle administration. For Oracle programs, the first step is training for the Oracle Database Administrator Certified Associate credential. Passing the single test for the Oracle Administrator Certified Associate will set you up for work in the field. The secondary Oracle benchmark is the Oracle Database Administration II Exam.
Going the Microsoft Route
You may opt for the Microsoft certification path for work in the SQL environment. For MCDBA status, you have to pass three core exams and one elective. The first core examination is for the SQL Server Administration certificate. The second will test your mettle in SQL Server Design. The final core exam covers Networking Systems.
You'll also need to pass an elective examination in an area of your choice from Visual Basic.NET, Visual Studio.NET, Visual C#.NET, Visual C++, or Visual FoxPro. Whether you choose the Oracle pathway or opt for Microsoft certifications (or both), it's vital to train on the most recent versions of software and system hardware to extend the life of your certification.
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