Database Administrators

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About the Job

Administer, test, and implement computer databases, applying knowledge of database management systems. Coordinate changes to computer databases. May plan, coordinate, and implement security measures to safeguard computer databases.

It is also Called

  • Technical Support Manager
  • System Administrator
  • SQL Developer
  • SQL Database Administrator
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  • Peoplesoft Developer
  • Oracle Developer
  • Oracle Database Administrator (Oracle DBA)
  • Management Information Systems Director (MIS Director)
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What They Do

  • Establish and calculate optimum values for database parameters, using manuals and calculator.
  • Select and enter codes to monitor database performance and to create production database.
  • Develop data model describing data elements and how they are used, following procedures and using pen, template or computer software.
  • Identify and evaluate industry trends in database systems to serve as a source of information and advice for upper management.
  • Approve, schedule, plan, and supervise the installation and testing of new products and improvements to computer systems, such as the installation of new databases.
  • Review workflow charts developed by programmer analyst to understand tasks computer will perform, such as updating records.
  • Train users and answer questions.
  • Review project requests describing database user needs to estimate time and cost required to accomplish project.
  • Revise company definition of data as defined in data dictionary.
  • Review procedures in database management system manuals for making changes to database.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: CI.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Conventional interests, but also prefer Investigative environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Working Conditions, but also value Support and Achievement in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Telecommunications - Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Education Required

Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

Wages

In 2017, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $83,690 with most people making between $47,950 and $125,470

Outlook

1.03%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 5,540 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 6,110 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 57 openings due to growth and about 123 replacement openings for approximately 180 total annual openings.



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