Career Information for an Oracle Certification

Oracle Corporation offers Oracle Certification programs for IT workers to demonstrate their competence in select fields. Read on to learn about the different Oracle certifications, the necessary education, job duties and possible career opportunities if you decide to pursue this route.

Career Options for Oracle Certified Professionals

The Oracle Corporation offers several professional certification programs for professionals in the IT field. Many of these certification programs relate to databases and information management. Some of the individual Oracle Certification programs include Oracle Database 11g Administrator Certified Professional, Oracle Database 11g Administrator Certified Master, and Oracle Application Server 11g Administrator Certified Associate.

Database Administrator Oracle Application Developer Instructional Coordinators
Education Bachelor's degree Bachelor's degree Master's degree
Job Duties Security and related issues, access rights, access prevention, database structure, monitor performance Managing and maintain high-performance databases, altering or upgrading, system based on demand, providing access Developing instructional materials and train teachers, assessing educational programs for quality
Median Salary (2018)* $90,070 (for all database administrators) $105,590 (for all software developers) $64,450 (for all instructional coordinators)
Job Outlook (2016-2026)* 11% (for all database administrators) 24% (for all software developers) 11% (for all instructional coordinators)

Possible Careers

With Oracle Certification you might find work as, among other occupations, a database administrator, Oracle application developer or instructional coordinator. Below are more detailed descriptions of these professions.

Database Administrator

Database administrators manage systems software to build and maintain computer databases. They are responsible for security and related issues, such as ensuring that employees have proper access rights to areas of the database and preventing access by unauthorized personnel. They need to be conversant with the database structure and ensure that data is backed up.

Database administrators also need to be mindful of electronic attack by viruses, Trojan horses and worms. They need to monitor the performance of the system and needs of users constantly in order to upgrade or alter the system. In larger organizations, databases may need to be available at all hours, seven days a week. Because of this, database administrators may find they sometimes must work on call or on evenings and weekends.

Database administration is one of the occupations growing faster than average in the American economy at 11% from 2016-2026, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Median annual earnings for database administrators in May 2018 were $90,070.

Oracle Application Developer

Oracle application developers manage and maintain high-performance databases designed by the Oracle Corporation. They may need to alter or upgrade areas of the database system to cope with increased demand and changing usage. The availability of the database to employees is crucial for some companies such as large corporations, banks, or government instructions, and

Oracle application developers need to ensure that everyone who needs access to a database is provided with such access. Application developers may sometimes need to work shifts or be on call on evenings and weekends.

The BLS notes that some companies may outsource software development tasks to lower costs; however, it expects outsourcing to only have a limited effect on employment growth for software developers from 2016-2026, which was projected to be much faster than average at 24%. As of May 2018, these workers made a median income of $105,590.

Instructional Coordinators

Instructional coordinators rely on their knowledge of various teaching and communication methods to develop instructional materials and train teachers. The main responsibility of an instructional coordinator, though, is to assess educational programs to ensure they meet quality and regulatory standards.

Employment for instructional coordinators is expected to grow faster than the national average from 2016 to 2026, according to the BLS. They could experience an 11% rise in employment openings over that decade. According to May 2018 BLS salary data, instructional coordinators could see a median salary of $64,450, depending on employer, experience level and location.


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