DBA's are HAPPY!

I’m not sure if many of you caught the article in Forbes Magazine; “The Happiest And Unhappiest Jobs In 2014.”  You may be surprised that it ranks Database Administrators as the ‘happiest’ job for 2014!

Quoting the article, “Why does database administrator rank as the No. 1 happiest job, and what exactly does the work entail? Here’s the Bureau of Labor Statistics description of the job: “Database administrators (DBAs) use specialized software to store and organize data, such as financial information and customer shipping records. They make sure that data are available to users and are secure from unauthorized access.” That may not sound too exciting, but according to the BLS, the job is reasonably well-compensated with a mean annual wage of $79,000 and the demand for DBAs is on the rise. The BLS predicts the field will grow by 15% between 2012 and 2022.” Golledge says the job has become more popular as DBAs’ roles have changed, with technology moving to the center of what many businesses do. “Because of their importance inside organizations, they can be the key driver of success,” she says. In the survey, DBAs gave especially high marks for the quality of their daily tasks and for job control.”

Now, that may not ring especially true when you are on-site doing an upgrade for 24+ hours or your phone is ringing as you sit down to dinner or a show with friends.  But, in general, I think they have come to some pretty good conclusions and most of us are as happy as we want to be with our jobs.  If you like being in a role that demands a lot of precision and being held to some of the highest standards in most companies, there are DBA positions for you. 

I’d be interested in hearing your comments on this article and how you see these Database Administrator roles.  Please comment below, shoot me an e-mail or talk to me at the upcoming IDUG DB2 Tech Conference in Phoenix this May or in Prague in November.

Speaking of happy DBA’s, the DB2’s GOT TALENT contest is down to the final four contestants with these topics:

  • Ken, DB2 LUW - Online upgrade to V9.7 (with database availability for 7x24 critical application)
  • Saurabh, DB2 LUW - DB2 Data Purge Algorithm (a recipe for success with command examples)
  • Prasad, DB2 LUW - Federated Environment Performance: Success is Never Easy (learn about unpublished secret DB2 settings)
  • Michael, DB2 LUW - "Sit! Stay. Good Lob. Domesticating your LOB." (Achieving awesome performance results with LOBs - and full of humor too)

If you missed the show, you can still listen to the replay and vote for the winner until 10 April 2014 at 8pm CDT.  On April 11th, DB2's GOT TALENT 2014 Winners will be announced during our annual "ALL ABOUT IDUG" Show and you can also find out how to save when registering for the Phoenix conference!


There are several new articles and videos on the IDUG.org website this month with the theme of DB2 for z/OS performance that I think you will find of interest.

After you read them, share your thoughts and personal experiences with DB2 for z/OS database performance in the comments section.  Getting feedback from the people who read the articles, helps make them HAPPY!  

With Best Regards,

Mark Labby

IDUG President



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