Down here in Tampa there are an insane amount of job postings looking for DBAs. DBAs with Oracle experience has always been one of those catch-22 type things. Can’t work with Oracle at an enterprise level unless your job lets you. Your job doesn’t trust you with that kind of stuff because you have no experience in it. My advice? Download the personal version and get to work at home.
Despite the slow job market for even experienced DBA’s, many people are still interested in pursuing this career field. The truth of the matter is that Oracle database administration is hard in at least two ways: hard to learn and hard to get into. Moreover, in many cases, as plenty of people can attest to, once you become a DBA, there is no guarantee you will stay employed as one. There are lots of Oracle DBA’s who have gone back to plumbing and dry walling.
I love these articles that start off with strong motivational tactics.