Looking for general advice on next phase of career, from SQL Server DBA to...

  • 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?

    Thank you.

    Gaby
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    "In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, they are not."
    - Albert Einstein

  • Pretty much my questions too, so I'm following.

    My 2 cents:
    I have had a 10 year career, where I started as a .NET developer and focused on Database work after my first year. 3 of the 10 years, I worked as Developer/DBA out of necessity, but I have neither the desire nor intent to do DB administration. Job opportunities aside, my main interests are in understanding and interpreting data. With this thought in mind, I left my high paying Database Team Lead job last year as my role was becoming more DevOpsy.

    My current job is in Data Analytics. I love the work, but not where I work. I like it that I can scale up by learning Big Data and Machine Learning and focus overall on data problems. If your thinking is similar, I'd suggest moving to Analytics, but please make sure you work somewhere you can scale up, and not just design reports using Tableau/Power BI. There is so much activity in Advanced Analytics at the moment, and it is only going to get better.

  • Arjun Sivadasan - Tuesday, July 17, 2018 1:14 AM

    Pretty much my questions too, so I'm following.

    My 2 cents:
    I have had a 10 year career, where I started as a .NET developer and focused on Database work after my first year. 3 of the 10 years, I worked as Developer/DBA out of necessity, but I have neither the desire nor intent to do DB administration. Job opportunities aside, my main interests are in understanding and interpreting data. With this thought in mind, I left my high paying Database Team Lead job last year as my role was becoming more DevOpsy.

    My current job is in Data Analytics. I love the work, but not where I work. I like it that I can scale up by learning Big Data and Machine Learning and focus overall on data problems. If your thinking is similar, I'd suggest moving to Analytics, but please make sure you work somewhere you can scale up, and not just design reports using Tableau/Power BI. There is so much activity in Advanced Analytics at the moment, and it is only going to get better.

    Thank you very much.  I think I see myself in Analytics at some point, even though in theory, there will always be a use for dbas.  Besides, I do not see myself doing on-call work as I get older.

    There's a local Meetup monthly here sponsored by an analytics company which I think I'll start going to and they offer training, looks very legit, but at the very least start taking the free/cheap courses online and go from there.

    Gaby
    ________________________________________________________________
    "In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, they are not."
    - Albert Einstein

  • Local meetup sounds fantastic Gaby. I learn Microsoft R and Python on edX. Their courses are free and created in consultation with Microsoft.

    Agree that there will always be a need for DBAs 🙂 Good luck.

  • Arjun Sivadasan - Wednesday, July 18, 2018 12:01 AM

    Local meetup sounds fantastic Gaby. I learn Microsoft R and Python on edX. Their courses are free and created in consultation with Microsoft.

    Agree that there will always be a need for DBAs 🙂 Good luck.

    Also, company provides me a Visual Studio license with MS that gives me free training as well.  yeah, so now...just scheduling time I think and getting down to actually do it.

    Gaby
    ________________________________________________________________
    "In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, they are not."
    - Albert Einstein

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