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What are the prospects for systems analysts and database admins?

I am a 2002 college graduate with a business administration degree (Computer Information Systems major). Since I graduated I have been job hunting with no luck of getting any entry positions in IT. I am now considering getting into an area of specialization and some kind of certification. Can you please advise me on what to consider as I make this move? I would like to know what you think are the future prospects for systems analysts and database administrators. I am planning to get an MCDBA certification.

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Your choice of subject -- database management/administration -- is a pretty good one. Job opportunities in that area are a bit more open than for entry-level network or system administrators. That said, I urge you to consider checking national (or international) job postings and advertisements as part of your search for new work, and to be open to relocation in seeking employment. This will increase your options greatly (and hopefully your job choices as well).

I'm curious to know what kinds of positions you've been looking for recently without success and where you've been looking for work. Please e-mail me to tell me a bit more about your current situation -- if you don't mind sharing that information.


This was first published in January 2003

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