Database Administrator

2017 Career Insights

The need for Database Administration has continued to have a high demand over the years due to a company’s need to organize and present data. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of DBA’s is expected to grow 11% from 2014 to 2024. Growth in this occupation is driven by the increased data needs of companies in all sectors of the economy.



OCA (Oracle Database 12c Administrator Certified Associate)

  • Entry-Level
  • Fundamental concepts/skills DBAs need for daily operations and maintenance


OCP (Oracle Database 12c Administrator Certified Professional)

  • Mid-Level
  • Advanced knowledge/skills required of qualified database administrators, including development/deployment of backup, recovery, and Cloud computing strategies


OCM (Oracle Database 12c Administrator Certified Master Certification)

  • Mid- to Senior-Level
  • Certifies the most highly skilled and experienced database expert


**Free practice exams for OCA, OCP, and OCM exams




MCSA: SQL 2016 (Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate)

  • Must pass two exams
    • Administering a SQL Database Infrastructure
    • Provisioning SQL Databases


MCSE: Data Management and Analytics (Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert)

  • Must have at least one of the certifications listed below in order to test for MSCE Data Management and Analytics
  • MCSA: SQL Server 2012/2014
  • MCSA: SQL 2016 Database Development
  • MCSA: SQL 2016 Database Administration
  • MCSA: SQL 2016 Business Intelligence Development
    • One of the following electives
      • Designing and Implementing Cloud Data Platform Solution
      • Designing and Implementing Big Data Analytics Solutions
      • Developing Microsoft SQL Server Databases
      • Designing Database Solutions for Microsoft SQL Server
      • Implementing Data Models and Reports with Microsoft SQL Server
      • Designing Business Intelligence Solutions with Microsoft SQL Server


* To maintain this certification, individuals must pass an additional elective exam each year


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