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Database Administrators

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

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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.


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


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


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


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


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
Operating system software
  • DOS shell script
  • Microsoft Windows


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

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