So why would you start a career in database administration?

‘Data is the new gold’

– Clive Humbly, 2006.

In as early as the 80s, mathematicians and economists identified the important part data will play in this highly digitalized world. There are quite a few reasons why you should choose this highly lucrative career.

Every organization in the world collects data. According to Forbes, Ninety Percent of the world’s data has been generated in the past 3 years. This data needs to be collected, recorded, stored and analyzed by someone, hence, the need for Database Administrators. This is a career that is not going anywhere anytime soon.

Database administrators (DBAs), the people responsible for an organization’s data storage and organization, are a key component of a company’s data management. This puts them at the forefront making them very essential in a company’s survival. This can be clearly seen as fewer DBAs lost their jobs in the USA compared to other careers in IT.

The position of an MS SQL DBA is an extremely rewarding one with most SQL Server DBAs making 6 figures in a little over 2 years of working in the industry with salaries in the USA averaging $60,000 – $100,000 for entry level positions according to Glassdoor.The job position even ranks no. 5 on the US News and World Report of the top 10 best technology jobs in the world.

The popularity of remote work is ever-growing in this career. Most DBAs now work from home, thus, reducing the commute time and giving them much more flexibility in their daily lives.