With a great company, comes a great amount of data. This data is often precious, and access to it restricted. However, people can still attempt to steal it, or the databases may get damaged and become unusable.
That is where a database administrator steps in. Their job, in short, is to set up, configure, maintain and secure the databases of a company.
What do they do?
As a database administrator, you would install, configure and secure a company’s database.
You would be responsible for upgrading it as needed, monitoring it and maintaining it.
You would first design the database, then install and set it to match your company’s needs. If needed, you would have to upgrade or modify its structure, as well as planning for future updates.
You would also be responsible for providing and monitoring access to it, as well as backing it up, and restoring it in case of an issue.
You would need to ensure it operates at optimal performance, and that it is secure from possible hackers.
● Attention to detail
● Business and budget awareness
● Communication and negotiation skills
● Ability to keep up to date with new technological developements
● Problem solving skills
● Organisational skills
● Good teamworking skills
How do I get there?
At a school level, make sure to take Mathematics and Physics in class 11.
Afterwards, you could go for a Bachelor’s in IT, or you could opt for more specific training programmes instead, such as Oracle’s PL/SQL Developer programme, or Microsoft’s Certified Database Administrator programme.
Pros & Cons about this career
You get to work with new technologies, as well as the opportunity to protect important information. The healthy paycheck and opportunities to telecommute don’t hurt either.
The job can become quite stressful, and eye strain and carpal tunnel are constant dangers. In addition to long work hours, you may have to be on call in case of an emergency.