Database Administrator

A database administrator is the key individual when it comes to running and maintaining a company's database.

Database Administrator Overview

A database administrator is the key individual when it comes to running and maintaining a company's database. The database administrator should be an IT professional who is capable of building a database from scratch. They must also be responsible for updating, implementing, supporting, monitoring, and administering the database. The database administrator is also responsible for overseeing members of the IT team when it comes to troubleshooting, migration, or anything else related to the system. In addition to building and maintaining a database the administrator must also develop and implement guidelines and security policies to ensure the database runs smoothly. Lastly, the database administrator is responsible for choosing the system software.

Job Duties

There are many common duties for a database administrator. They must design the database as well as create all supporting documentation including training manuals and security policies. They must also ensure that network support is available around the clock. The database administrator also has to design schemes, tables, and servers and set permissions for users to access them. In addition to creating these the database administrator also has to evaluate the performance of the database and be prepared to implement any necessary changes to ensure efficiency. They must update software, evaluate the need for upgrades, and create shell scripts.

How to become a(n) Database Administrator

DBAs generally require a bachelor's degree, and many employers require an MBA as well. Many database administrators can get by with an associates degree, but developers typically require at least a four-year degree. Depending on the area of expertise, a telecommunications specialist with a career focused on maintenance might reach employment with an associate's degree, but more advanced positions will again require a bachelor's. Most people who work in this sector will have a degree in computer science or engineering.

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Career Outlook

The amount of people working as a network analyst is expected to increase by 53% during the period between 2018 and 2028, according to the BLS. This is a much faster growth rate than average, so the job prospects for this field deserve an A+ rating. The amount of demand for network architects can be expected to increase as the web and other networks becomes a more important part of daily life and business operation. As businesses continue to upgrade systems, network analysts will play an important part.

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Salary Projections

According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS), half of "network systems and data communication analysts" earned an income of more than $71,000 in 2017. The majority of them earned between $54,000 and $91,000. The lowest earning ten percent made less than $42,000, and the highest earning ten percent had a salary of over $110,000.

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