Usually it is a case where a database administrator has to integrate data from a previous system to the new system. They test the new system and make modifications if necessary and troubleshoot problems if they arise. They ensure the performance of the system because of their extensive knowledge on the applications on which the organizations database runs and if an organizations database is connected to the internet they must implement security measures necessary to protect this data. Some database administrators are also responsible for designing an organizations database but mostly this is done by dedicated database designers.
To qualify for database administrator jobs, generally, a bachelor’s degree in a computer related course is required. Some employers require a master’s degree in business administration (MBA) with concentration in information systems that require an additional 2 years of study after finishing a bachelor’s degree. Master’s degree programs include subjects in accounting, finance, electronic business, marketing, management, database management, and systems design. Some employers also require a given number of years working in a related field. Applicants can improve their chances of employment by earning certifications offered by computer associations, product vendors and training institutions. Many employers require that employees have these certifications. Some companies even accept applicants who don’t have any formal education as long as they have the necessary experience and certifications. Database administrators must continue to learn about the latest skills because of the rapid advance of computer technology and one way to manifest this is by acquiring intermediate and advanced certifications pertaining to the latest technological advancements offered by many organizations.
Another way to earn qualification for database administrator employment is through online study programs. Most common among these are the Microsoft and Oracle database administrator programs, both creators of database solutions commonly used by many organizations. After completing the online courses students must pass examinations to earn certifications as database administrators. In the Microsoft program students study how to work with and utilize the Microsoft SQL Server and they earn the Microsoft Certified Database Administrator (MCDBA) certification if they pass. Students learn the SQL language and how to make and implement SQL databases. Students will be able to configure, maintain, optimize, backup, troubleshoot and transfer data between SQL databases and upon completion will have to take and pass four exams on: 1) Administering SQL Server; 2) Designing and implementing databases with SQL Server; 3) Implementing and managing a Windows server network; and 4) an elective exam. This program could lead students to careers as network technicians, system administrators, systems engineers or support specialists aside from database administrators. In the Oracle program, students learn similar capabilities as in the Microsoft program only this time using the Oracle platform. Students study towards three certification levels, as Oracle certified associate, professional, or master, in that order, and must pass exams for each level to earn certification and the ability to move up to the next level.
Outlook for database administrator careers is excellent with growth expected at around 20 percent which is much faster than the average for all occupations for the period 2008 to 2018. This is mostly due to the increasing demand by organizations to store, analyze, and organize increasing amounts of data and as more of this data gets connected to the internet there will also be an increase in the need to protect this data from being compromised. Most of the growth will be in organizations that do data processing, data hosting, computer design, technical consulting, and software publishing. Healthcare organizations are another area where demand for database administrator jobs is rapidly increasing because they are continually trying to find more efficient and cost effective ways to improve care for patients with the use of new technologies and information systems. In 2008 the median wage for database administrators was $69,740.
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