Database Engineer becomes an international
7 January 2009
Everyone knows that the web is
not a reliable place to seek technical information, and it's the
butt of many jokes in popular media. Saying something like "It's
true, I verified it on Wikipedia" will evoke laughter
in any crowd.
However, this problem is now taking-on
different dimensions as people begin prestigious titles. The
titles of "doctor", "lawyer" and "CPA" are legally enforced by
statute, and there are widely different laws relating to using
"reserved words" in your professional title.
the USA, many job titles designate a certification, and we all know
the words "CPA", "Architect", "Engineer",
"Policeman" and "Dentist" and "Optometrist" all denote a
Professional titles and international boundaries
While some countries have strict licensing
regulations for professional titles, some countries have no such
hang-ups. These are countries where citizens may
legally call themselves whatever they want. Want to be an
architect? No problem, just say-so, and it's true.
To understand these International differences in qualification and
Poder notes his reasons on why he feels that he is
qualified to use the title of "database engineer":
I like this definition of Engineer from Princeton:
"a person who uses scientific knowledge to solve practical
Btw, I just have self-proclaimed myself as a
I can't proclaim myself a Database Expert,
because this is for others to decide, buf [sic] I sure do use
scientific knowledge for solving practical problems, so I AM a
In America, being a professional engineer is a
prestigious achievement, indicative of someone who dedicated many
years to the study their profession. At a minimum, you must complete a rigorous
four year degree in Engineering and passing a State licensing exam
to be an engineer.
When shopping in a overseas market, anything
goes, and you need to be careful to evaluate anyone of proffers a
professional title. Evaluating the credentials of a foreign
expert can often be difficult, due to overlapping degrees. An MD
from Macedonia is likely to have a far different skill set than an MD
from America, so even the verification of a degree does not
always indicate qualification.
In the link above, we see that there are some Oracle professionals
question the credibility of self-appointed job titles:
“Anyone who pimps their title like that is, de
facto, a dud.”
Because of these widely differing licensing
issues in over a hundred different nations, the credentials of
people who proffer impressive titles should be carefully examined.
Just like the coward who wears a combat medal
for bravery that they never earned, or a janitor who calls himself a
Custodial Engineer, some self-proclaimed scientists and engineers
may not be what they appear.
credibility of Oracle
information on the web is a big problem, as many foreign
impressive titles to laymen whose skill bear little resemblance
to a real American engineer.
If you suspect that a
scientist or engineer is unqualified, you can just
Google for their credentials.
Remember, real Oracle experts are proud of their experience
and credentials, while fakers will take great pains to
hide their resumes.
It's always good advice to avoid
anyone who claims to be an expert, scientist or engineer, yet
refuses to publish their credentials.