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Database Architects

Also called: Data Architect, Database Architect, Information Architect, Technical Operations Vice President

What they do:
Design strategies for enterprise database systems and set standards for operations, programming, and security. Design and construct large relational databases. Integrate new systems with existing warehouse structure and refine system performance and functionality.
On the job, you would:
  • Design databases to support business applications, ensuring system scalability, security, performance and reliability.
  • Develop database architectural strategies at the modeling, design and implementation stages to address business or industry requirements.
  • Collaborate with system architects, software architects, design analysts, and others to understand business or industry requirements.


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


Basic Skills
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
  • reading work related information
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


  • read and understand what is written
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • use rules to solve problems
  • notice when problems happen


People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Attention to Detail
  • Initiative
  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Innovation


You might use software like this on the job:

Metadata management software
  • Altova MapForce
  • Interface Computers Data Loader
Operating system software
  • C shell
  • Linux
Data base management system software
  • Microsoft SQL Server
  • MySQL software


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

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