quote:While what all of you say makes sense and, yes, the path you describe would make for an excellent DBA. I am curious how this applies to the job market. Are potential employers specifically looking for the cert.?Can one get a job as a DBA and then work towards certification?Can extensive experience slow down the cert process, requiring 'unlearning' bad behaviour?I recall, years ago, mentioning to a friend about reading an Oracle book once, Over the next several years I got a couple of Oracle job offers. This genuinely scared me. I do not have the skill set or knowledge to take on the job. But many people who make command decisions place a lot of confidence in intuition. Is this the general case? Do any of you have similar tales? This thread has peaked my curiousity.