Database administrators or DBAs use specialized software to organize and store data like customer shipping records and financial information. They establish that data is available to all users and also secure from unauthorized access. DBAs are responsible for system backups in case of an outage or other unexpected disaster. Their role may include training employees in database management and use, capacity planning, installation, configuration, database design, migration, performance monitoring, security, troubleshooting as well as data recovery. DBAs at times work alongside a company's management team to figure out their needs and to plan future goals. They make sure that data analysts can use the database with ease to find pertinent information and that the system is performing as expected. DBAs are able to monitor performance of a database to see when action should be taken. They're able to examine information that comes from a multitude of sources. DBAs also stay up to date on new database designs and technologies.
A bachelor's degree in computer science and information technology along with other training is usually what's required for this field. DBAs are expected to have knowledge of database management software like SAP and Oracle, as well as SQL programming language. Leadership, interpersonal skills, computer proficiency and a strong attention to details are also must-have prerequisites. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for DBAs are projected to grow by 11 percent from 2016 to 2026 due to an increase of data needs throughout companies across the economy.
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