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Where Have All The Jobs Gone?

Did you know that there were 119,415 database administrators in the US in 2006? That’s according to the data published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In a post titled A Good Time To Be an Oracle DBA, the director of Oracle Certification suggests that US employers will hire database administrators in ever increasing numbers—and pay them high salaries—over the next decade; a contrary opinion suggests that the reasoning in the quoted CNN article was flawed because it did not adequately represent the overall findings of the NACE survey and relied on employment numbers for 2006, when the US economy was flying high. The Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2008–09 Edition published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics does make interesting reading though; here is the section on database administrators.

I tested the waters by posting my resume on the HotJobs job board and received seven replies over the course of a week, none of which had anything to do with database administration. I counted the Oracle DBA positions listed nationwide in the past 30 days on HotJobs and found only 56—far fewer than I used to see before. Where have all the jobs gone? Amardeep Sidhu has found some of them here.

Whether or not US employers will hire database administrators in every increasing numbers over the next decade, I have to agree with the comment that “Now as much as ever, DBAs of all skill levels should look to shore up their skill sets and resumes.” Certification is not as inexpensive as suggested though. For example, you have to attend at least one instructor-led training course—in addition to passing the exams—in order to obtain the Oracle Database 11g Administrator Certified Professional credential. These instructor-led training courses are not cheap. For example, the Oracle Database 11g: Administration Workshop I training course offered by Oracle University lasts five days and cost 3,000 dollars, when last I checked. In addition, your employer will need to excuse your absence for five days and pay your transportation, boarding, and lodging costs. Finally, there’s the exam fees and travel to an Authorized Prometric Testing Center.

But books are plentiful; here is a list of reading suggestions from Jonathan Lewis. All the Oracle reference manuals are available online. Oracle software is free to download and free to learn. And no one can stop you and me from studying hard.

P.S. Here are the seven responses I received to my resume.


My recruiting department received your resume from Yahoo! Hotjobs.com, and they turned your resume over to me, because your resume matched our search criteria in multiple areas. I am looking for individuals with a broad base of business skills, business experience (management, sales, running a department) with client (or vendor) facing experiences that are in career transition.

Job seekers are reporting to us that they are finding fewer opportunities exist and those that remain are often times offered at lower pay rates and reduced benefits than their previous positions. We find that these individuals are now casting a wider net in their job search, and considering self-employment and business ownership options along with other options in the corporate world.

We are a large self-employment organization that specializes in helping people explore business options. I am looking for clients to match with the 100’s of business models we have in our database. There are NO fees for using our service and I will work to match your experience, financial and lifestyle goals with the right business models that we have available.

To learn more about us and how we can help you visit http://www.KenseSource.com

Thank you and looking forward to working with you.

[name withheld],
Recruiting Manager

Dear Iggy,

Are you still in the market for either a professional or executive job?
Your resume indicates that we may have openings at Executive Search Online that are appropriate to consider. However, if you are interested, we need some added information.

Executive Search Online enjoys a growing reputation in executive circles as the fastest growing ecruiting service. Our clients include a mixture of small and large firms, growth companies, and Fortune 1,000 corporations. We deal only in professional and executive openings.

To register with us, as well as to review current situations at your income level and in your geographic area, please do the following:

Click on [link removed].

You can then enter the profile information that we need.


[name withheld]
Senior Vice President


I am a District Manager for Farmers Insurance Group looking for a successful, business-minded individual with a strong desire for personal growth, career fulfillment, and financial success. Based on my initial review of your resume, I believe you may be an excellent fit for our Career Opportunity in sales with Farmers Insurance and Financial Services. We are currently developing new agencies in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Whether starting a career or searching for a new opportunity, Farmers will help you capitalize on your strengths in a highly supportive and consultative environment.
Allow me to share with you some history of this exceptional team and answer some of the questions you may have:

Income Potential:
Currently, each of our team members owns his or her own business and is very successful. The top team member earns over $1,000,000 and the average income for the team of 35 agents is over $175,000. You control your own destiny with Farmers Insurance. Your earning potential is unlimited!

Training and Growth:
When working with Farmers you receive extensive sales training, product training, and support from your district office throughout your career. Our proven systems will teach you an integrated approach designed to provide real value to your prospects and clients. This will help you create more business and exceed the expectations of your clients.

Getting Started:
Our flexible training program allows you to begin your career on a part time or full time basis. Through the first two years, Farmers provides an excellent subsidy program of more than $60,000. This program is in addition to your commissions.

Growth Opportunities:
There has never been a better time to be with Farmers. Our expanding markets and innovative products create the opportunity for dynamic and rapid growth.

We require highly motivated individuals willing to invest their time and energy into creating a profitable and rewarding business. You must have a desire to succeed, have an independent spirit and strong work ethic. Candidates must also have a clean credit and criminal history.

If you are interested in being in business for yourself but not by yourself, while providing Insurance and Financial Service products, apply today by e-mailing me at [e-mail address removed]. Please be sure to attach the most current copy of your resume.

Best regards,

[name withheld]
District Manager


Thank you for your sharing your Hot Jobs resume for this work at home Job Alert! We are a medical transcription company.

After reviewing your resume we are interested.

Transam Associates provides precise medical transcription of voice files that doctors dictate for hospitals, clinics and doctor offices.

Transam Associates also conducts its own training program that prepares individuals for the medical transcription profession. This training is done online in the comfort of your own home. A personal trainer is provided to guide individuals in the training program through a Live Chat environment.

As a recruiter for this national transcription service, I am seeking full-and part-time, home-based medical transcriptionists. We are committed to providing a work environment where medical transcriptionists can grow and be respected for the professionals they are.

This is for entry level individuals and if you are not yet qualified, we’ll provide tuition FREE training and a personal trainer that you’ll need to become qualified. Once you meet our criteria, which will be defined for you before you begin, you will be certified by us as an accomplished medical transcriptionist and can begin to work for Transam Associates, Inc. Our special books and software are required.

The pay is good. After completing the training program, people seem to do quite well and as you get more experience, people seem to earn $1,000 to $2,000 a month working about 20-30 hours a week. Some make $3,000-$4,000 a month, full-time 40-48 hours a week (This does not happen overnight). If you want to work more, you’ll earn more. If you want to work less, you’ll earn less. The choice is yours.

We will provide to you a great working environment where you can make a difference. Our medical transcriptionists start as contractors and are eligible for raises. Whether or not you have experience, you can find rewarding work as a medical transcriptionist.

After transcribing this sample we will answer all your questions.

But, the first step is to do the following:

Please transcribe (type what you hear) in this sample and then we will get right back with you.

[link removed]

After receiving your sample we will get right back with you.

We are looking forward to working with you.

Thank you!
[name withheld]
Regional Recruiter

Dear Iggy,

We found your resume and are very impressed! We believe you have the qualifications we’re looking for to fill our open agent position.

Established in 1879, Bankers Life and Casualty Company is one of the largest and most respected insurance companies in the country. Our focus is exclusively on the needs of senior Americans.

We’re looking for candidates who are ambitious, intelligent and have a strong work ethic to join our Career Agent family. Regardless of the type of work you’ve been doing, if you’re motivated and looking to start a career with an excellent income opportunity, you might be just who we’re looking for!

To learn more or schedule an appointment with our recruiter click on the link below or reply to this email:

[link removed]

We hope to hear from you soon.

[name withheld]
Bankers Life and Casualty, San Francisco Branch

Hi Iggy,

Our company is looking for candidates to fill the Customer Support Center Technician Level I position that we currently have available. As a part of our team you will be responsible for acknowledging receipt of trouble tickets, assignment of trouble tickets, and completion of trouble tickets. In addition, you will be answering calls, granting access to customer premises and installing network cabling. This position offers $18.00 hourly plus benefits, which we can discuss at the time you decide to interview.

Iggy, to avoid being flooded with applications and responses, I have only extended this opportunity to a few people. Your online resume caught my attention, and I would like to start the interview process as soon as I possibly can. I am hoping to hear back from you today, if at all possible. By selecting the hyperlink below, you can view more information about the position, benefits offered, our company, and send in your application as an interested applicant.

I am interested in applying for the [link removed] position.

I hope to have your application later today!

Respectfully Yours,

[name withheld]
Human Resources Coordinator

Dear Iggy Fernandez,

My name is [name withheld].
As International Design Center’s personnel manager I am in charge of our performance control and further business development in the US. I have reviewed your resume and believe you have a good chance to receive the position of a Financial Manager. Please read below for more information about our company.

[links removed]

We may offer you U.S. Representative/Financial manager position. For more information about current position please visit this

[link removed]

Please feel free to e-mail me for the next step of the process
[name withheld]
Personnel Manager

Categories: Career Advice, DBA
  1. girlgeek
    July 15, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    Fascinating. And depressing.

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