Most DBAs are towards the bottom of any organizational chart. And yet our role and function is no less important than anyone else, and in many cases I would argue even more important than most. We guard data, we keep things running smoothly as possible, and we are there to recover in the event of a disaster.
But make no mistake we *are* at the bottom. And we all know what flows downhill: everything does. We often have to prioritize how we handle tasks simply by whoever is yelling the loudest.
This is not the way we want to function. And make no mistake that such an environment leads to a higher rate of turnover, which leads to comments such as “We have had trouble finding a good DBA.”
Good DBAs are all around you. People who treat DBAs with respect are in a far greater shortage.