Who are the "hot" DBAs to hire?
You are. IT's listed as one of the hottest IT jobs in 2007 and the US Bureau of Labor expects that DBAS demand will grow 37% from 2006 to 2016, a much higher than average growth rate than other occupations. Average is seen as 7-13%.
SQL Server is getting easier to use, but there's apparently still a high demand for DBAs. I realize that many of the statistics would include Oracle and DB2 (and other) platforms, but I'd think that with all of these platforms growing, there's be a pretty good demand for people across the board.
The use of databases in all sorts of applications, and especially the integration of spreadsheets and other types of data storage applications, means that there will be a greater demand for DBA services. I'm sure that each DBA will need to manage more instances, and more data, possibly even more types of data, but I would bet that there will still need to be more people in most companies.
And while your company might not be hiring in the data world, and there might not be a huge demand in your area, there is a demand out there across the board.
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