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Many college students and working professionals are confused about what to choose Oracle DBA or Oracle Developer as a career. Read all three points below.

1) Check what you like ? Do you like programming then go for Oracle Developer and if you do not like programming much then go for DBA. Remember little coding / scripting knowledge is must for DBAs too for writing scripts for automation, alerts etc. Any IT fresher must know how to write program.

2) Second important point is to check job role of DBA and Developer below. Understand tasks what DBAs and Developers do. By understanding tasks one can easily understand about what is best fit for him / her.

Oracle DBA Tasks

  • Task of DBA
  • Monitoring
  • Health check of DB
  • Performance Tuning
  • Backup Recovery
  • High Availability
  • Cloud Management
  • Patching
  • Proactive and Reactive Maintenance
  • Documentations

DBA Challenges :

  • 24×7 DB responsibility
  • Mutilple DB and OS knowledge
  • First direct DBA job is not easy

DBA Advantages :

  • More average salary
  • Remote Work
  • lead DBA / Architect

Oracle Developer Tasks

  • System study
  • Requirement gatherings
  • Application Development
  • Application Debug
  • Testing
  • Deployment
  • support
  • Documentations

Challenges :

  • Freezing customer requirements
  • Upgrading frequently
  • High Attrition rate hence responsibilities to complete project in time


  • Developers jobs are more compared to DBA jobs
  • Sr Developer
  • T/L
  • Product / solutions Architect

3) If you are looking for salary, go for DBA. It has been seen that Oracle DBAs are getting better paid then Oracle Developer


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