DBTA – IT Employers Must Adapt to the Looming DBA Shortage

Originally appearing in my monthly column at Database Trends & Applications magazine.

In the first of this three-part series, I described some of the findings contained in an intriguing new survey published by Unisphere Research, a division of Information Today, Inc. In that article, I covered the macroeconomic and general trends that pointed to a looming shortage of DBA talent. In part 2 of the series, I described some of the issues and opportunities these trends offer to current and up-and-coming DBAs. Today, let’s talk about what this trend means from perspective of IT employers.


If you lead a team of DBAs or run an IT organization, you’ve probably already felt the pinch of finding talented DBAs. In macroeconomic terms, demand is rising sharply while supply is tight and shrinking. DBAs are among the most sought-after of IT professionals and, despite the fact that US News & World Report ranks the DBA profession as the #5 best IT job and the #12 overall best professional job, are among the hardest to find. This shortage is continuing to drive the phenomena of “accidental DBAs,” people who are forced to do the work of a DBA without the training.

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  1. Mike West says

    This is great news… well… for you and I anyway.

  2. LOL – I guess it is! =^)

  3. Seen this yr video,(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJaCEkYNxSo)

    can I get a printable version !, thank you

  4. Yes, I’ve already written it up in a couple forms. You might like the blog series best. But I also have a related white paper and, additionally, a resource where you can get all of the scripts. To learn more, check out https://blogs.sentryone.com/kevinkline/end-to-end-troubleshooting-checklist-for-microsoft-sql-server/. Best regards, -Kevin

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