According the US Bureau of Labor, computer scientists and database administrators are expected to be among the fastest growing occupations through 2014. Employment of these computer specialists is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations as organizations continue to adopt and integrate increasingly sophisticated technologies. Job increases will be driven by very rapid growth in computer systems design and related services, which is projected to be one of the fastest growing industries in the U.S. economy.
Growing much faster than average means, an increase 27 percent or more. Just pump DBA into the search window of www.monster.com and you will get page after page of current DBA job openings. Finally, according to a recent press release by IDC they say "The worldwide market for relational database management systems (RDBMS) grew by 9.4% to $14.6 billion in 2005, according to preliminary figures released by IDC. These numbers reflect steady growth for the RDBMS software market, indicating a continued increase in the deployment of relational databases." The press release goes on to say ""2005 was a solid year for the RDBMS software market, with positive growth figures across the board.," said Carl Olofson, research vice president of Information Management and Data Integration Software research at IDC. "Growth has been driven by increased demand in the established geographic markets as well as new growth in Asia/Pacific. Specifically, there is an increasing demand in the United States due to the need for better information governance in response to compliance issues, which has resulted in database-growing initiatives such as master data management.""
All told, it looks like DBA's will have strong job security over many years.