Where do Senior DBAs end up? Where ever they do go, it's always a change - not necessarily for the money, or the prestige, but often the challenge of something new. After my last DBA gig for 18 years, where I was the primary (and sometimes the only) DBA supporting 30+ MSSQL, MySQL, Oracle, and Progress servers, and associated Web servers and application servers, and being on call 24/7/365 (that includes being able to respond while on "vacation"), I suddenly became too expensive to keep - and found myself wondering if it was time to pack it in and retire, go back to consulting (had done that for 20 years prior), or find another DBA position. Opportunities sometimes just present themselves - after numerous interviews for DBA positions that I just couldn't get excited about, and where they were looking for someone a lot younger , I ended up taking a position with the local University, in Medical IT, as a "Applications Consultant". Pretty much, I am taking requests that staff cannot figure out how to do, and creating applications, reports, and dashboards to meet needs for patient care. The money isn't great, but the people are; the work is interesting and (mostly) challenging; support is only during working hours - AND there are a lot of persons in my age group (Senior Citizens!) - experience is valued. The DBAs even ask for my help, and all seem to work together as a team. There IS life after layoff!