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Database Administrators

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

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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.
  • Plan, coordinate and implement security measures to safeguard information in computer files against accidental or unauthorized damage, modification or disclosure.
  • Modify existing databases and database management systems or direct programmers and analysts to make changes.

Knowledge

Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Communications
  • telecommunications
  • multimedia
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics

Skills

Basic Skills
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
  • figuring out how to use new ideas or things
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it

Abilities

Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • order or arrange things
Verbal
  • listen and understand what people say
  • read and understand what is written
Visual Understanding
  • see hidden patterns
  • quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things
Math
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide

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
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Integrity
  • Cooperation
  • Dependability
  • Persistence

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Data base management system software
  • Apache Hadoop Hot Technology
  • MongoDB Hot Technology
Web platform development software
  • Drupal Hot Technology
  • Dynamic hypertext markup language DHTML Hot Technology
Development environment software
  • Apache Maven Hot Technology
  • Microsoft .NET Framework Hot Technology

Education

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

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Job Outlook

Average Outlook
New job opportunities are likely in the future.
Salary
$81,710
per year, on average
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