When I was in school I thought that being a sysadmin would be about the best job in the world. I was close, I did not know how much fun it would be doing the job of a DBA. So after I became a DBA I loved it and really do enjoy my work and the fact that no matter how much I learn about it I still have more to learn. I really love a job where I never stop learning. Little did I know about the hours that I would have to work as a DBA. I do not recommend this job for anyone that is not OK with being up all hours of the night to fix an issue on a production server. I have pulled may 24 hour or longer days. I think the longest was about 38 hours and that is not fun. Those days are few and far between, but I have had weeks when I am on call and things just happen. Some times I might not get more then 3 hours of sleep and I still show up to work in the morning. That is just how it is and this shows why it is so important to get your environment in order. This is easier said than done in some cases but it is something that you want to get done in order to alleviate the number of nights that you are up late.