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DBAs Still in High Demand

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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Posted by Steve Jones on 9 December 2008

I think in any field, if you're a good worker, you won't have a lot of trouble finding a job.

If you're not a star performer then it's good to be a DBA, but you definitely want to show your current, and prospective employers, that you provide value as a DBA.

Posted by AspiringGeek on 11 December 2008

I agree, competent professionals have every reason to be excited bout career prospects.  Even the advent of the clouod will bring opportunities.

Posted by Dugi on 16 December 2008

It is very interesting...couz many guys said that the DBA have routine jobs and not many company no need for DBA  ...but on the other hand DBA are in demand from the statistics of US BLS mentioned above! Nice to hear the importance for the DBA!

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