I have been an iSeries admin and security specialist for most of the last 22 yrs, starting with the system 38. I spent one year as an Oracle DBA, and recieved the CISA certification about two yrs ago. Without the CISA, I may not have gotten on at my current job, or at least for the salary I get.
IBM still does a terrible job of marketing the iSeries. More often than not, system administration is done by the Ops manager, or programmers that tend to be jack of all trades.
The iSeries is a fine platform, but IBM makes their major dollars from services now, not hardware and OS sales, and the iSeries is such a low maintenance platform they can’t make the $$$$$$ with it so the marketing for it is constantly shrinking.
If I only had three yrs working on the platform, I would begin training in some other IT area. DBAs are in high demand as are Java or PHPprogrammers with good understanding of background databases. CISCO network administrator positions show no sign of going away, and if you have a degree, project management will always be around and pay well.
If any of us can make decent money on the iSeries in another ten yrs, I will be pleasantly supprised.
Not as bad as all that.
IT is not currently a growth industry.
i-series sales are declining.
But, in the US i-people are 50 years older then their i-computers. As they leave the work force some
will need to be replaced.
Still operations needs i-integration skills.