Database Administrators: It’s All in a Day’s Work1 | 2 |
“I think in today’s world, [certs are] becoming more critical, but it has to be done hand in hand with experience,” he said.
Where to Go From Here?
If you have an interest in database work, this is the right time to jump on the bandwagon. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), database administration will be among the fastest-growing occupations through 2016.
“Employment of these computer specialists is expected to grow as organizations continue to adopt and integrate increasingly sophisticated technologies,” the BLS Web site states. “Job increases will be driven by very rapid growth in computer systems design and related services.”
Thorsted echoed this optimism. He said the best areas to look at are the medical field — where the challenges for a DBA are novel and endless — and government, or government contractors. Another prime area is Web-based businesses, which have increasing requirements for the safety and security of their data online.
“There are so many commodities being sold on the Internet these days — just look at eBay, or look at Google, and the type of engines they have to maintain,” Thorsted said. “There are a multitude of different careers [in the database space], and it’s not going to go away. It’s only going to expand.”
Meagan Polakowski is a freelance writer based in Traverse City, Mich. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org | 2 |