There’s a lot of talk about how hard it is to be a database administrator today—and it certainly can be a tough job. But the job also offers numerous benefits. Between the plethora of job opportunities, growing salaries, and job flexibility, it’s now a truly great time to be a DBA.
Here are the top five reasons why we’re in a golden era for DBAs:
1. Job opportunities are growing, and that’s not going to change in the near future.
It’s no secret that data is growing exponentially. Someone has to administer those databases to keep the clean and accessible. That spells good news for DBAs. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of database administrators is projected to grow 11 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations. DBA employment is also projected to outpace other jobs in the IT sector.
By 2024, 13,400 new DBA positions will need to be filled. However, many DBAs are leaving the field, meaning there are ample opportunities for job seekers, but these positions are difficult for employers to fill.
2. DBA positions provide competitive salaries with opportunities for advancement.
U.S. News & World Report ranks the DBA position as the sixth-best technology job. This is due in no small part to the healthy salary. The median annual salary for a DBA is $81,710, according to the Bureau of Labor. U.S. News reports that DBAs in the upper quartile of the profession can expect to make $103,500 and upwards. The job offers above average opportunities for advancement and salary increases.
3. There’s great job security for DBAs who do their jobs well.
Even as companies cut other jobs, including some IT positions, DBAs can expect job security. Because job duties are so complex and positions are hard to fill, most companies prefer to retain the DBAs they have rather than seek new talent.
4. DBA jobs offer challenging, intellectually stimulating work.
When a DBA has offloaded the more tedious and repetitive aspects of their job, like routine backups, they have a great opportunity to exercise their problem-solving abilities. The job requires not only technical know-how but also creativity and critical thinking skills. DBAs make decisions that can affect business operations of the entire company, making the job a rewarding one.
5. Remote DBA services mean that the traditional challenges of being a DBA are disappearing.
A major downside of being a DBA is the hours, as well as the stress of always putting out fires, like a database failure or a backup that didn’t run. DBAs were often expected to be on call 24/7—even on Christmas day or two in the morning on a Saturday, leading to DBA burnout.
With Remote DBA services, organizations can offload the tedious and stressful aspects of a DBA’s duties, leading to greater job satisfaction and a reduction in turnover. The increased reliance on data for business operations means that you need your DBA to focus on the upgrade and improvement of systems rather than time-consuming maintenance and problems. Remote DBA services ensure that operations run smoothly, free up your in-house IT talent to work on more strategic initiatives and provide a significant reduction in overhead expenses.
Ntirety, a division of HOSTING, works with your IT department to better support and service your end users and meet your organization’s data needs through best-in-class DBA services, including Remote DBA, Data Consulting, DBA OnDemand and Cloud Services. Ntirety partners with Oracle, Microsoft and VMWare, as well as other best-in-class technologies, and can support your organization’s database requirements so that your in-house staff can focus on mission-critical initiatives.