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Database Administrators

Also called: Database Administrator (DBA), Database Analyst, Database Administration Manager, Database Coordinator

Where in the military? In the military: see titles from the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, or Navy.

What they do:
Administer, test, and implement computer databases, applying knowledge of database management systems. Coordinate changes to computer databases. May plan, coordinate, and implement security measures to safeguard computer databases.
On the job, you would:
  • Test programs or databases, correct errors and make necessary modifications.
  • Modify existing databases and database management systems or direct programmers and analysts to make changes.
  • Plan, coordinate and implement security measures to safeguard information in computer files against accidental or unauthorized damage, modification or disclosure.

Knowledge

Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics
Business
  • customer service
  • administrative services
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics

Skills

Basic Skills
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one

Abilities

Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • order or arrange things
Verbal
  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking
Math
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include data, detail, and regular routines.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Integrity
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Dependability
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Initiative

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Data base management system software
  • Microsoft SQL Server
  • MySQL software
Backup or archival software
  • Acronis Recovery Expert
  • BMC Software Control-M software
Metadata management software
  • Data mapping software
  • Data modeling software

Education

Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
some college
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Average Outlook
New job opportunities are likely in the future.
Salary
$78,520
per year, on average
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