Re: DBA Skill tree

From: Dan Norris <>
Date: Fri, 03 Apr 2009 11:08:02 -0500
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I'd again have to disagree on using experience as a measuring tool of
anything. I think instead of experience, you mean proficiency or
competency (hope I'm not putting words into your keyboard). I'm sure we
can all think of people we've known or worked with in the past that
were "experienced" but not competent to perform the tasks that were
part of their job. At least I can. Part of my work is made possible by
those fine individuals :).


Bobak, Mark wrote:

Going along w/ Kerry’s comments about a certain threshold of experience being important, it seems to me, the best people are the ones who have at least some level of experience as C programmers and unix admins *before* entering the DBA arena.


 Honestly, if someone asked me the required skills to be a great DBA, they’d be:

-          Good solid understanding of algorithms and data structures

-          3-5 years experience as a C programmer

-          3-5 years experience doing unix admin

-          2-3 years doing storage admin

-          2-3 years doing Oracle development (SQL, PL/SQL, Pro*C, Java, etc)


If someone starts with that base of experience, and can manage to enter the DBA field and still be curious and interested in learning, they’ll soar to the top in no time.  Then, it becomes a matter of staying there.  Staying engaged, interested, and ready to learn more.  Cause you know the next Oracle release is always around the corner, and ready to unleash a bunch of new features.




-- Received on Fri Apr 03 2009 - 11:08:02 CDT

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