A Database Administrator is someone who uses software to store and organize data, such as financial information and
customer shipping records. They make sure that data is available to users and is secure from unauthorized access.
Database administrators work in many different types of industries, including computer systems design and related
services firms, insurance companies, banks, and hospitals.
Database Administrators often plan security measures, making sure that data is secure from unauthorized access.
Many databases contain personal or financial information, making security important. Database administrators are
responsible for backing up systems in case of a power outage or other disaster. They also ensure the integrity of the
database, guaranteeing that the data stored in it comes from reliable sources.
DBAs must be able to monitor a database system’s performance to determine when action is needed. They must be
able to evaluate complex information that comes from a variety of sources. Most database administrators work on
teams and must be able to communicate effectively with developers, managers, and other workers. Working with
databases requires an understanding of complex systems, in which a minor error can cause major problems. For
example, mixing up a customer's credit card information can cause someone to be charged for a purchase he or she
didn’t make. Database administrators use software to make sense of information and to arrange and organize it into
meaningful patterns. The information is then stored in the databases that these workers administer, test, and
maintain. When problems with a database arise, administrators must be able to diagnose and correct them.
The responsibilities of a Database Administrator include to identifying user needs to create and administer databases,
ensuring that the database operates efficiently and without error, making and testing modifications to the database
structure when needed. They are also engaged in maintaining the database and updating permissions, merging old
databases into new ones and backing up and restoring data to prevent data loss.
Most Database Administrators work for computer systems design and related services firms, such as Internet service
providers and data-processing firms. Other DBAs are employed by firms with large databases, such as insurance
companies and banks, both of which keep track of vast amounts of personal and financial data for their clients. Some
DBAs administer databases for retail companies that keep track of their buyers’ credit card and shipping information,
and yet others work for healthcare firms and manage patients’ medical records. Database administrators have to
working office settings.
Entry Level Education
- Bachelor of Science in Information Technology - Database Management, Management Information Systems
or in Computer-related fields.
- Master's Degree in Database Technologies.