The number of companies asking for hybrid DBA/Developers. To be more precise, the fact that they heavily outnumber those asking for PURE DBA's - even to this day. Yes, you can say, "Get real, Jaybee, many companies are too damn tight purse-stringed to pay for a junior dba plus junior developer, and would rather pay a single, experienced guy nearly double who performs both. I know that - but, if you want me to develop, TRAIN me to develop. Don't call me in with a fraudulent advert for a PURE DBA. Back in the bust years, I quite literally walked out in the middle of 2 so-called "DBA" interviews where some 20-something dollybird was asking me a series of developery questions. I remember the very last one I put up with was, "How many columns can a SQL Server table carry?" before replying, "Probably more than the amount of cash you can afford to pay per week, I'll give the temporary pass back to the receptionist and see myself out, have a nice life". Of course, nowadays I can sniff out cheapskate clients a mile off, and coupled with the recovery, things are actually quite rosy. But it's a learning curve that didn't need to be so damn painful. Jaybee.