I am a 5 years experienced SQL Server DBA. As soon as I was out of college, I was trained on SQL Server 2000 and pushed into Database Administrations. From user support to production support to operations and finally hardcore SQL stuff. Had a baseline by working @Microsoft for first two years, had the opportunity to work on SQL 2000, 2005 and now 2008, clusters with 6 nodes, installations, migrations, ls, mirroring, not replication though and now query tuning, performance tuning, partitioning. I have only one question in my head.... what next? SQl Azure, the SQL 2012, end of world. What is the difference in 5 years exp SQL DBA and 25 years exp DBA? Its still DBA and from where I am right now, I dont see fun there. I guess, I have done enough of DBA work, i better take a U turn an be a interior decorator or something.