DBA versus Developer as 35-year-old
October 8, 2011 4:14 PM Subscribe
I moved into work in IT in my early 30's, and am now 35. I have had 2 Jr. DBA positions in that time period, although I do not have any database certifications.
posted by ElisaOS to Work & Money (9 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I took on this Jr DBA work with the intention of becoming a back-end developer. However, now I'm wondering -- is it better, considering my age, to pursue the career of DBA for good?
The last few years, I've taken coursework in PHP, Ruby on Rails, and database design. As for my portfolio, I've written some simple PHP-based Facebook apps and done some volunteer work customizing websites for local nonprofits.
But in my brief career, I've seen few programmers over the age of 40 working for an organization. Quite a few move into other roles or whole new fields. And companies seem more interested in hiring a promising 21-year-old with any degree, and training that person, than hiring an older programmer.
I do see older programmers in the public service , like at the university, but right now I would rather have private-sector pay. However, even at the most youthful companies I see older DBA's and SysAdmins -- age befitting the seriousness of the roles, I guess.
I would guess, given my experience, that I'm an average programmer with room to grow. However I seem to be skilled at database concepts that even some programmers have difficulty with.
At age 35, is it better to start out as a DBA than a developer?