The DBA, the unsung hero, the overworked, underappreciated, critical employee. Your DBA is possibly the only one who truly understands what is going on in your database environment and yet their job satisfaction is notoriously low. This could be because of the long hours that include middle of the night emergency on-call duties or the fact that they spend much of their time putting out fires with little time to stay up-to-date on the latest technology.

All in all, your DBA does much to keep your operations running smoothly including:

  • Installing new applications and updating existing applications
  • Configuring, monitoring and optimizing databases for optimal performance
  • Configuring systems and applications to meet organizational needs
  • Ensuring data integrity
  • Preventing data loss
  • Migrating data to the cloud
  • Running nightly backup and maintaining recovery systems
  • Planning for storage in the future
  • Troubleshooting problems with a down system or slow application

So you need to consider: Is your DBA happy with their job? If your DBA suddenly left would your organization is in trouble?

DBA job satisfaction: an overview

Although you may believe that your DBA is content, the risk your DBA leaving is higher than you think. Unisphere Research conducted a DBA satisfaction survey sponsored by Ntirety. Here are some of the key findings:

  • 78% of DBAs want an increase in compensation. Most DBAs are not fairly compensated for the level of responsibility they have in the organization. Qualified, experienced DBAs are highly sought after meaning that many DBAs have a strong motivation to move on if the right opportunity comes up.
  • 52% of DBAs spend 70% of their time or more on tasks that fall outside their official scope of duties. As many IT departments are under-resourced, DBAs spend the bulk of their days on tasks are outside of their job description.
  • 41% of DBAs say they spend too much time putting out fires and not enough engaged in innovation. Since many DBAs entered the field in order to exercise creativity and participate in innovation, many are likely to become dissatisfied with their current jobs.
  • 67% of the respondents are looking for more learning and training opportunities. Data professionals are highly educated and show a strong desire to keep learning — those who are not receiving opportunities to grow professionally are less satisfied overall.

What if my DBA leaves?

On the upside, the respondents were more energized by technology opportunities than other factors and satisfied data management professionals tend not to be job hoppers. Offloading some of the more mundane tasks and on-call duties to give your DBA more time to focus on the technology that will positively affect your organization’s outcome is essential to increase their job satisfaction.

Outsourcing these functions will not only ease the burden on your DBA it is also very cost-effective and protects your organization in the event that your DBA does call it quits. With Remote DBA and DBA On-Demand services, your systems will be monitored 24/7, day-to-day crises are handled, backups are taken care of and your in-house IT team can focus their energy on new initiatives and innovations.

Ntirety, a division of HOSTING, offers Remote DBA, DBA OnDemand, and database consulting services. The database experts at Ntirety have extensive experience with Oracle, SQLServer, and MYSQL and have VCP certified DBAs.  Contact us for more information.