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How to become a Database Administrator
There is not a common path to a career in database administration, but employers do seek individuals with formal college education. Prior, relevant work experience is crucial for entry into this field. Many jobs require a bachelor's degree, but some only require an associate's degree. Those entering this field with a four year degree usually have majored in computer science, information science, or management information systems, the last of which is usually part of a business program. Increasingly, employers are looking for candidates with a master's degree in business administration.
Professional certifications are available through software vendors, and are seen as the industry standard by many employers. Obtaining certification related to the software package used a given company will give a job seeker a competitive advantage.
What does a Database Administrator do?
Database administrators manage systems that help companies and corporations effectively and efficiently store, manage, and retrieve large volumes of data. Those in this field determine the best way to store the data of a given corporation and set up computer databases to address user needs. Many database administrators must update outdated systems or integrate old data into a new system. They test existing systems and make changes or troubleshoot problems when necessary. Database administrators keep the database system functioning properly and add or delete users as needed. Those in this profession are also usually responsible coordinating the maintenance of data integrity, back-up systems, and security with network administrators.
What skills or qualities do I need to become a Database Administrator?
Database administrators should be able to think logically, concentrate, and pay attention to details because those in this field are often required to pay attention to several tasks at once. Database administrators are often asked to work as part of a team, and therefore should be able to effectively communicate their ideas to both other computer professionals, and those with no computer background.
Professional certifications, available through a variety of software vendors, are seen as the industry standard by many employers. Because technological advances come very rapidly in any field related to computers, those wishing to enter this profession should ready themselves for continuous learning throughout their careers.
How much do Database Administrators make?
The level of pay for database administrators depends on the level of education and experience an individual brings to the job. Other factors that impact earnings are the type, size, and geographic region of the employer. In 2006 the median annual earnings of all database administrators were $64,670 with the middle fifty percent earning between $48,560 and $84,830. The median annual earnings of database administrators working as compu...