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SQL DBA Jobs - security?

Discussion in 'Please Tell Us What You Think' started by Karen, Apr 14, 2004.

  1. Karen New Member

    I was a programmer and a consultant most of my career, specializing in databases. After a layoff 2 years ago, I found a job that utilized my programming skills to a small extent, but has become 85-90% a SQL DBA job. I love this. I have always loved working with databases, and the challenge of filling in my existing SQL knowledge with administrative skills has been fun! I actually LIKE going to work to do what I do....

    The company that I am with is now undergoing a merger. It is very likely that I will lose my job within the year - maybe sooner than later. Yay. I started talking to the headhunter that placed me here, and according to him, there is nothing SQL out there. I would really love to find another DBA position, but it looks like I may have backed myself into a corner if the skills I've gained do not help me find new work.

    Has anyone seen this as the trend? I find it hard to believe that in my location - close to Harrisburg PA; Phili PA; that there is no call for SQL. Baltimore MD, Wilmington Delaware and NYC are not far either. Many techies in this area are out of work for a year, that is very scary. Last time I was laid off I was very very lucky to find work within 6 weeks.

    I guess I'm asking what people are seeing as the trend. What SQL skills are the most marketable?

    Thanks!!
    Karen
  2. Luis Martin Moderator

    For a moment I feel that you were working here in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

    " I guess I'm asking what people are seeing as the trend. What SQL skills are the most marketable?"

    Very good question, indeed.




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  3. satya Moderator

    I've no idea on the geographical location where you stay and in the current trend I'm sure it will be advantage to have cross-platform interoperability.

    Try to search MONSTER jobs or pennsylvania.computerwork.com websites for more information.

    Anyway... good luck for your next venture.

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  4. Karen New Member

    I am currently 'perfecting' my resume and I expect to start hitting monster, etc, soon. I am a bit disappointed to find that what I thought was a good move on my part, may not serve me well in this job hunt. Moving to a SQL DBA position made perfect sense for me, my skill set and my talents.

    Since I am good with databases I plan on making the most of what is available to me here by improving my SQL DBA knowledge and by learning other databases such as Oracle. I know that my skill with databases is an asset and that I can easily move into any database world, or back to programming if I need to.

    I am looking for a way to make myself more marketable. Predicting the market is not an easy task....

    Thanks for your input

    SQLGoddess
    Life is one fool thing after another whereas love is two fool things after each other.— Oscar Wilde
  5. FrankKalis Moderator

    Some days ago I read an article on this topic. The advise was to get awaya from an administrative DBA on to a developing DBA. With Yukon in mind that means, learning a programming language like C# that can be used with Yukon, DTS and XML. I'm not sure if I should agree on DTS and XML, but mastering *another language* isn't that bad at all. <br /><br />In another article I read some time ago that the US computer industry is massively spending money on seeking global outsourcing opportunities like in India as IT guys there are paid about 1/6 of that what an American IT guys usually gets. And that with equal or better formal education. Hm...<br /><br />[<img src='/community/emoticons/emotion-1.gif' alt=':)' />] FWIW<br /><br />Just my $0.02<br /><br /><br />Frank<br /<a target="_blank" href=http://www.insidesql.de>http://www.insidesql.de</a><br /<a target="_blank" href=http://www.familienzirkus.de>http://www.familienzirkus.de</a>
  6. Karen New Member

    Thanks, Frank. [<img src='/community/emoticons/emotion-1.gif' alt=':)' />] <br /><br />My background is heavy in development(programming) so another language may be another good skill to pick up. <br /><br />The good and bad thing about my resume is that I am sort of a jack-of-all-trades. I am leery of adding too many new things to the resume, as it can appear that my knowledge is fragmented. Because I have a strong development background, with lots of SQL and DTS development, moving into a SQL DBA position was just an expansion on previous knowledge. So DBA was a good move for me professionally and on paper.<br /><br />Now I am hoping that move serves me well in the marketplace. Not only is the outsourcing scary, but also the internet makes workers available that do not live locally, so there is much more competition now than when I started in this field in the mid-eighties. And there are never any guarantees....<br /><br />And, hey, $0.02 is still 2 cents mor ethan I had previously.... [<img src='/community/emoticons/emotion-5.gif' alt=';)' />]<br /><br />Thanks!<br /><br />SQLGoddess<br />Life is one fool thing after another whereas love is two fool things after each other.— Oscar Wilde
  7. bradmcgehee New Member

    In my opinion, SQL Server DBA and developer jobs should be picking up, although slowly over the next couple of years. Many companies are still making the move away from Oracle and other databases to SQL Server, which overall has a lower cost of ownership. But what I have also been seeing is that many current staff people (network or development staff) are made DBAs because SQL Server was added to the company mix and they don't want to hire any one else new. But this trend may not go on forever. Being a DBA is much harder than most people think. As more and more companies rely on SQL Server, there will be a increasing demand for more skilled DBAs.

    I suggest DBAs learn everything they can, get certified, and publish (on my website). Getting published is a great way to separate yourself from the crowd. That's what I did.

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    Brad M. McGehee, MVP
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  8. Luis Martin Moderator

    Hope you are right.


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  9. Karen New Member

    Hi Brad,

    Thanks for the info. That is what I was thinking until I started talks with my headhunter.

    I've taken the SQL Advanced Admin MS class, which really helped to fill in some of the holes in my SQL knowledge. Now what I need is more experience - knowledge is one thing, but experience another.

    Do you really see value in becoming certified? I wanted to certify, but truthfully I struggle with the network part of the MCDBA certification. So I am on the fence with certification. I am currently taking the network courses now, but that is not my strength.

    As far as other DB's I was looking at Oracle, Sybas, and DB2. And since I have a strong programming background, some internet related languages like Java (something marketable). I really want C#, and have since its inception a few years back, I guess now is the time to do it!

    Thanks!


    SQLGoddess
    Life is one fool thing after another whereas love is two fool things after each other.— Oscar Wilde
  10. gaurav_bindlish New Member

    Hey guys how can you forget about the Performance aspects? I beleieve there is no shiortage of coders / generala DBA's in the market but if you can project your self as performance expert on some technology say SQL Server, that should be fairly marketable.

    We see all the hardware vendore increasing the hardware capacity everyday. That may be nice for development point of view but what will a company do if he has already bought all this infrastructure and don't want to spend any more money on the same. If the workloads for the company increase and you as a performance engineer increase the performance (in terms of response time / throughput), you are gonna save a lot of money for the company.

    I beleive SQL Server tuning or any form of perofrmance tuning is an art and science which is developed over a period of time and if you are serious about spending some time in learning the basics, you'll appreciate this challenging and rewarding world of performance tuning.

    When you develop something, you need at lease couple of weeks before the real customers appreciate it (most of the time they don't) but if you make your customers life easy, they will really thank you for the same.

    Just my 2 cents.

    P.S. I would appreciate if we keep the word OUTSOURCING and any discussions related to it away from the forum. There are plenty of newsgroups and discussions on the internet on the same.

    Gaurav
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  11. Karen New Member

    Hey Guarav,

    Great idea, thanks. I had also been toying with that since that is something I really enjoy. I believe that there are classes on this?

    Woo-hoo, now I'm up to $0.04 if you add up all the change mentioned - drinks for all!

    Thanks all for your input!

    SQLGoddess
    Life is one fool thing after another whereas love is two fool things after each other.— Oscar Wilde
  12. gaurav_bindlish New Member

    If we are talking about Microsoft SQL Server Performance Tuning, this forum is one of the great place to learn. Else I beleive there is a Microsoft course on the same as well hoever I am not in a position to comment on that.

    Other technologies, I beleive you learn by eperience more than anything else. It's a realy long journey.

    Gaurav
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  13. FrankKalis Moderator

    quote:Originally posted by bradmcgehee

    ...As more and more companies rely on SQL Server, there will be a increasing demand for more skilled DBAs.

    I suggest DBAs learn everything they can, get certified, and publish (on my website). Getting published is a great way to separate yourself from the crowd. That's what I did.

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    Brad M. McGehee, MVP
    Webmaster
    SQL-Server-Performance.Com

    Yes, there will always be a need for skilled persons. When you follow the online communities you can get the impression that more and more people lack basic skills.

    Building up publishing credit is one way. Another one is helping other people bz answering questions in online communities.

    Not sure what I should think about certification, but that might be because here in Germanz we are not that crazy about it like people in America seem to be.

    ...and why has my kezboard changed now to American stzle [xx(][?]


    Frank
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  14. satya Moderator

    Nice hookups folks, keep it up.
    No other website delivers the information and knowledge that is available here on this website.

    http://www.winnetmag.com/Article/ArticleID/41810/41810.html &http://www.winnetmag.com/SQLServer/Forums/messageview.cfm?catid=1681&threadid=105321 link to cater more information on the topic.

    --- say these my £ 0.02 (pence).

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  15. Karen New Member

    Thanks, folks! I do appreciate everyone's input. [<img src='/community/emoticons/emotion-2.gif' alt=':D' />] I am curious to see how my year plays out & what I am able to accomplish - so many goals, so little time!<br /><br />SQLGoddess<br />Life is one fool thing after another whereas love is two fool things after each other.— Oscar Wilde

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