Actually, I started my IT career as a junior DBA (this was in 1999, before the dot com meltdown). I was working for a large private company in Minnesota and going to school part-time so I could switch to IT. The DBA group had 3 senior DBA's and they were looking for someone to do the routine work, i.e. set up users, backup databases, help developers with simple problems. But my situation is the exception, not the rule.