Database administrators install, configure, and maintain an organization's databases. They use computer software to store, organize, and protect data, including financial and shipping records. Administrators, sometimes called DBAs, work with management to determine the organization's data needs and upgrade its technical infrastructure. They also give access to a company's data analysts, who use the stored information to help management improve the organization's operational efficiency. Below you can see a list of common database administration tasks provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS):
- Create and administer databases.
- Ensure efficient database performance.
- Test modifications and upgrades to database structure.
- Backup and restore data.
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Becoming a Database AdministratorYou need to have a bachelor's degree in computer science, database administration, or a related subject to qualify for database administration jobs. However, some employers may prefer candidates who have a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a minor in information systems, according to the BLS. Those vying for database administration careers typically need one to five years of experience before they can enter this profession. As such, they may work as financial, market research, or operations research analysts before becoming database administrators. The experience gives them time to specialize in a particular software used in creating databases.
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