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Database Administrator

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Bachelor's degree or higher +

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What They Do

Database Administrators Career Video

About This Career

Administers, tests, and implements computer databases, applying knowledge of database management systems. Coordinates changes to computer databases. Identifies, investigates, and resolves database performance issues, database capacity, and database scalability. May plan, coordinate, and implement security measures to safeguard computer databases.

This career is part of the Information Technology cluster Network Systems pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Tests programs or databases, corrects errors, and makes necessary modifications.
  • Plans, coordinates, and implements security measures to safeguard information in computer files against accidental or unauthorized damage, modification or disclosure.
  • Modifies existing databases and database management systems or directs programmers and analysts to make changes.
  • Specifies users and user access levels for each segment of database.
  • Writes and codes logical and physical database descriptions and specifies identifiers of database to management system, or directs others in coding descriptions.
  • Develops standards and guidelines for the use and acquisition of software and to protect vulnerable information.
  • Reviews procedures in database management system manuals to make changes to database.
  • Revises company definition of data as defined in data dictionary.
  • Trains users and answers questions.
  • Reviews workflow charts developed by programmer analyst to understand tasks computer will perform, such as updating records.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would sit most of the time. There's some walking and standing. You may have to lift and carry things like books, papers or tools weighing 10 lbs. or less.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Database Administration Manager
  • Database Analyst — Designs, develops and administers data management solutions using database management software.
  • Database Coordinator
  • Information Systems Manager
  • System Administrator — Responsible for effective provisioning, installation/configuration, operation, and maintenance of systems hardware and software and related infrastructure.


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