I'm currently on the horns of a dilemma. I guess a lot of people have seen the writing on the wall that a SQL DBA may not be as in demand, at least with the current skillsets, now that cloud DB's are coming on the scene more and more, and frankly, I'm near the average salary cap for a DBA in my city (and close to other cities).
I'm curious how people are approaching this potential change and what are they focusing on? I definitely will be upgrading my skills to include a lot more Azure, but also want to know if learning R/Python/AI is a good skill to learn, and/or throw myself into big data. I'm in a financial institution that is starting to get more serious about data analysis, so options are there. I find it interesting, and can perhaps can bring the skills I learned as a DBA to it.
I guess my question is, what is everyone's experience on a career pivot who came from a mostly SQL Server DBA and/or Developer role to the next phase of their career?
"In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, they are not."
- Albert Einstein