- Database Developer
- Systems Analyst
- Network Administrator
These projections are estimates based on data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.
To administer databases, you will need to test, install and maintain database software and the databases that contain that software. You should also be trained in budgeting and scheduling routine development duties.
The administration of databases usually uses software derived from Oracle and Microsoft corporations. The database administrator manages a company’s data and its storage that includes marketing statistics, employee and client information and financial data. All of this information may be of a classified and/or sensitive nature, so the duty of a database administrator is to ensure that the information within the database be kept safe.
If you choose to become a database manager, you would not only supervise the system information storage. With the ever-changing world of technology comes new challenges and the database administrator must keep abreast of the design developments and their applications within the database. Software must be tested and installed in a database. The data must be kept secure from security breaches and hackers. Backups must be created within a database to prevent catastrophes from occurring such as a storm or flooding, for example. Database administrators must also draft and actualize new database systems.
Other responsibilities that a database manager might have but are not limited to:
- Maintaining software and hardware
- Keeping records on installation of software and hardware
- Troubleshooting problems within the database
- Configuring systems
Database managers are very much in demand and work in a broad variety of organizations such as hospitals, governmental institutions and school districts. An associate’s degree in database management will take two years but most people will continue their education to include a Bachelor’s degree so that they can become database developers or analysts or even consultants for certain industries. Some career titles that a database administrator may hold are:
- Database developer
- Systems analyst
- Database storage manager
- Network administrator
If you are detail-oriented and are ready to work in a pressure-filled environment, then database management will be an excellent career for you to pursue.
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