I’m often asked, “what does the future look like for an Oracle developer?” The answer is that the future for IT developers, in general, is bright, but the future for Oracle developers is more murky.
Most people who consider themselves Oracle developers are using a very specific part of the Oracle product line – typically SQL and PL/SQL in the database, possibly supplemented with Forms, APEX, or ADF. Unfortunately, that’s not where the future lies.
PL/SQL is typically languishing somewhere around place 20 on the TIOBE programming language list, with a rating of around 1.4% of developers. That’s ahead of COBOL, but behind Visual Basic. The long-term trend is also not on your side, as Google Trends shows.
Don’t consider yourself an Oracle developer. Consider yourself someone who uses IT to solve problems. And be open to learning something new.
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