Why DBA’s are Recession-Proof

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That’s a bold statement, isn’t it? Is it true? I don’t know that you’ll never lose your job as a DBA – I’ve known folks who have – but it seems to me that the data in a company will be there even after the company shrinks, folds, gets bought out and whatever else happens to it. And it seems to me that the Database Administrator is the one closest to the data. So if I were picking a career (and I have), it seems that the DBA role is a pretty good one to bet on.

Now, that doesn’t mean that if you can spell DBA you’ll be instantly hired and never fired. You have to be good at what you do, and work hard at it. This means that during tough times you need to find a way to do two things: be good at your job, and add value to what your company.

How does that relate to manageability in SQL Server? Well, take some time, dig in to whatever version of the software you have, and learn which features can make your system faster/better/cheaper. Then read up on the newer versions, and see if they can make your system faster/better/cheaper. If you do a good job, and add value to your company, you’ll be worth keeping around – no matter what the economy does.

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