Database Administrators love the stress of their job? That’s not a misprint and if you have an intuitive understanding of what loving stress looks and feels like before even reading the rest of this article then you might be the perfect fit for the many database administration positions available in Texas, right now.

One of the things we hear all too often from tech engineers we speak with when it comes to database administration is how stressful a position it is and yet how satisfying most DBAs find their work. It may not make sense to an outsider looking in, but powerful database administrators see the benefits of living in the line of fire. Like powerlifters in the Olympics, they understand the value of putting stress on their minds as the catalyst for growth, both in themselves, and the systems they play in.
So, why are database administrators in Texas so damn happy?

Database Administrators Pivot Quickly and Handle Many Kinds of Challenges

There’s something to be said for a change of scenery and database administration certainly has its fair share of that. From week to week, a DBA may be involved in everything from esoteric performance problems, to security issues, to mapping and planning the future of some system-wide upgrade. Sure, there can be some monotony at the level of operations, but the peaks and valleys of the job often keep database administrators constantly alert and crunching on new problems.

DBAs Are Well-Paid With Plenty of Opportunity for Growth

A Database Administrator (DBA) earns an average salary of $77,428 per year (with BLS BLS reporting that database administrators made a median salary of $84,950 in 2016). People in this job generally don’t have more than 20 years’ experience. The skills that increase pay for this job the most are SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) and Transact-SQL.

We see, often, in the technology sectors (and many areas of life) that stress or risk tolerance is usually directly relational to the perceived rewards associated. Being well-paid certainly goes a long way in mitigating the stress that so many place on and report existing for database administrators.

Database Administrators Tend to Be Well-Respected (Even Revered) By Their Peers

Given a big portion of the work done by a database administrator revolves around finding anomalies and flaws in code and architectural design—often affecting many other areas of the system or application—providing solutions for these problems can have massive, system-wide effects seen at many levels of an org.

Database problems have a tendency to map themselves somewhat like an upside-down pyramid; one problem persists deep within the DB at a foundational level and then extrapolates upward into the rest of the system. Because DBAs are often seeking out and correcting errors that exist in the deepest levels of these inverse pyramids, their solutions often have miraculous effects and make DBAs appear to be geniuses (and, of course, many of them are).

Having the skill set to be a powerful database administrator can be invaluable to an organization. At Providence Partners, we work with thousands of Texas technology employers seeking the best of the best when it comes to technical prowess, problem-solving skills, and intuitive sleuthing.

If any of these qualities jump out to you as interesting and you feel you embody them at the deepest levels, we’d love to recommend you for some of the top-tier opportunities we have in the Texas area for Database Administrators.