Wednesday 1 August 2012

Career as an IT Database Administrator

A Database Administrator (a.k.a. DBA) is a person responsible for the installation, configuration, upgrade, administration, monitoring, migration and maintenance of databases in an organization. Other tasks include designing of database strategies, and improving database performance, capacity planning for future expansion requirements.

Database Admin’s Motto:
  •  Design
  •  Administer
  •  Fix problems

A Day in a Database Administrator’s Life:
  •  Install, configure, monitor and administer various databases in the company
  •  Test programs or databases, correct errors and make necessary modifications
  •  Monitor and optimize the performance of database systems
  •  Work with programmers, analysts and other administrators on daily tasks
  •  Plan, coordinate and implement data security measures
  •  Work on database upgrades, migrations and patch management
  •  Train and work with database application users and answer questions
  •  Specify users and user access levels for each segment of database.
  •  Approve, schedule, supervise the installation and testing of new installations
  •  Develop standards and guidelines to guide the use and acquisition of software

Skills Required:
  •  Strong knowledge of Structured Query Language (SQL) & RDBMS
  •  Logical reasoning and immediate problem troubleshooting ability
  •  Independent complex problem solving, self-directed and self-starting
  •  Good understanding of Operating Systems & Client-Server Architecture
  •  Willingness to work long hours during database maintenance & outages
  •  Strong troubleshooting skills
  •  Ability to work easily with customers and other IT Teams
  •  Ability to keep updated with latest database versions & technologies
  •  Good team player

Job Titles:
  •  Oracle Database Admin
  •  SQL Database Admin
  •  Application Database Admin
  •  Database Architect
  •  Database Coordinator
  •  Database Programmer
  •  SQL Programmer
  •  Database Analyst
  •  Database Consultant
  •  Database Developer
  • Other Related Careers
  •  Network Administrator
  •  Windows Systems Administrator
  •  Backup Administrator
  •  SAN Storage Administrator
  •  Computer Engineer
  •  Software Developer
  •  UNIX/Linux Systems Administrator
  •  Computer Programmer
  •  Computer Hardware Technician
  •  Systems Architect
  •  IT Helpdesk Support
  •  IT Security Specialist

Career Map:

Certification Courses in Database Administration:
  • Oracle Database Certifications ( OCA, OCP, OCM) - Areas of Specialization: Administration, Performance Tuning, Developer,  E-Business, Application Server
  • Microsoft SQL Database Certifications (MCSA, MCTS, MCSE, MCSM, MCM, MCDBA, MCITP) - Areas of Specialization: Database, Business Intelligence
  • IBM DB2 Database Certifications (CDA, CSD, CSA, CAD) - Areas of Specialization: Application Developer, Database Administrator, Solution Developer, System Administrator

For information on career as an IT Software Programmer, refer to my Blogpost

For information on career as an IT Network Administrator, refer to my Blogpost

Farzad Minoo Damania 
Career Counsellor & Corporate Training Specialist

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