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Is DBA a limited Profession ?


Is DBA a limited Profession ?

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What after several years of DBA , Sr DBA.. Then what ?
Just curious to know.... Isnt it DBA a profession which has limited scope ?

If we start as a developer

1.Developer/ SE
2.Sr SE
3. Team Lead
4. Module Lead
5. PM

If we start as a DBA

1.DBA
2.Sr DBA
3.......
4.........
5............

Can somebody fill this please ?


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In the case of a production DBA then a possible career progression might be to a Database Manager.

For a development DBA / database professional who wants to pursue a development career the options are much the same as for other developers. Many development teams don't necessarily have a formal DBA role, they may just have developers with many different skill sets and specialisms of which a database specialist (aka "DBA") is one example.

I don't think DBAs have limited scope in their careers. It's just that the term "DBA" has a very limited meaning for many people - and one that probably doesn't do justice to all of the people and roles sometimes labelled with it.
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May be try BI route to add spice to your role..or if you that good open your own consultancy...

Does it matter if you making decent leaving as Prod DBA? A job that is always in demand...
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Also, given that DBA's sort of sit at the juncture of DB's, Dev's, and Infrastructure, there's plenty of ways to move!
Good grounding for any of PM, Release Manager, Scrum Master, IT Manager, CTO?! etc. etc.

A Sr DBA role can be pretty lucrative anyway :-)
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Artificial status hierarchies are just that, artificial.

A Senior DBA will often be better paid than his manager is, so "promotion" becomes simply a change in role.

The list you gave for devs implies a move away from writing code into supervisory and/or management roles. Anyone can do that if they have the skill, knowledge and inclination.

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Artificial status hierarchies are just that, artificial.

A Senior DBA will often be better paid than his manager is, so "promotion" becomes simply a change in role.

The list you gave for devs implies a move away from writing code into supervisory and/or management roles. Anyone can do that if they have the skill, knowledge and inclination. And they're masochistic!


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If you are looking for a title then you might not want to become a DBA at all. I have been a DBA for 15 years and would not consider going back to my pervious life as a developer. I have found that career paths are most often created not handed out. SQL gives me the opportunity to learn something new every day. I think you have to find job satisfaction and not what my next title is. And as one person already said, A Sr. DBA can make more than the manager.



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There's also the architecture route, which would depend on what kind of skills you leveraged as a DBA.

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I posted this at:http://www.brentozar.com/archive/2009/03/should-i-specialize/#comment-48578

Do DBAs think that lot more 3rd party tools (specially on a troubleshooting side..back/restore etc) like redgate, idera, lightspeed would lessen the need of a full time DBA in near future?

Also is that mean as a DBA its time to be also good at either BI and Development too to be in demand? Most jobs in UK ask for not just DBA they also add some either BI skills or Dev?
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Brent's Reply:

No matter how much training material you have until you work on a real BI project its not good enough but I guess you have the basic to hit the ground running and have the advantage against other candidates etc…

A lot of the tools out there do make life easier for the people who have to manage SQL Server. Some of their clients are able to get away without a DBA altogether just based on good development skills plus tools. Of course, when something breaks, that’s when you need the SQL Server focus.

Tools have been around for decades. We still need people to use the tools. Now, if you WANT to get good at BI or development, then do so. Don’t do it because you think the DBA career is over.

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Personally at this stage with just around 3yrs under my belt as DBA, I feel there is lot more to deal with as DBA. Hence ideally I would like to focus on DBA skills (dont mind some dev..) and in future add more BI or Dev side I suppose..

Does anyone have their own thoughts??
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Sorry this wasnt part of Brent's reply:
No matter how much training material you have until you work on a real BI project its not good enough but I guess you have the basic to hit the ground running and have the advantage against other candidates etc…

It was one of the senior Developer's opinion
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