I was recently doing a somewhat random Google and found a note from someone about whether there is a “market for LAMP consulting”. Ha. Perhaps. The whole Linux thing may just be ready to get off the ground. ;)
Seriously though, I do wonder about this comment: “may be some market for MySQL work - optimizing adn [sic] so on”. Hmm. I know for a fact that there IS a market for MS-SQL specific consulting, e.g., performance tuning, security, installation, etc. However, I rarely see a need specifically for MySQL consulting. Generally, “MySQL” is thrown in with the overall need for a PHP developer.
Not that this should be the case.
A database administrator is a very important role in any organization, but it seems like MySQL administration is often bundled in with the software development. That’s not so typical with MS-SQL, Oracle, and DB2 work though.
To me, this ties back into the original roots of MySQL and its popularity: LAMP. LAMP breaks out into “Linux Apache MySQL PHP”, and is the development platform of choice for many people and organizations.
But is this limiting the growth of the “MySQL profession” in some ways?