With the world economy on the downside, there is at least one bright light, and that is DBAs are still in high demand, and will continue to be in high demand for many years to come.
According to the United States Bureau of Labor (BLS), job growth for DBAs is expected to grow 37% from 2006 through 2016 (the last time a formal projection was made). In addition, the BLS says that this growth rate is "much faster than average" when compared to all other occupations.
More recently, as reported in eWeek on November 10, 2008, the second most difficult position for organizations to fill are DBAs. (The first most difficult position to fill is Enterprise Architect.)
To see if this is still true today (December 9, 2008), I did a search for "Database Administrator" jobs at Monster.com, and came up with 2,046 hits.
While these numbers may not make you happy if you have recently lost your job as a DBA, at least they should give you hope. Based on my experience, if you are a skilled DBA with proven work experience, and you don't mind relocating, finding a DBA job should not be too tough, even in today's tough economic climate.
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