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A database administrator is a person who loves to handle facts by compiling them and putting them together in the correct order. If knowing all about the latest technology from journals, reports, and magazines is your passion, database administration is the job for you. Database administrators know the database inside and out, and in case someone queries about the information, you have to know about where the information is located. The position is crucial to the company as it ensures that the fact sheets and records are safe and well maintained.

Database administrator jobs require the using of software for the storage as well as management of information. Often, the database administrator or DBA sets up a database and also sees to it that these systems are maintained in an efficient manner. The systems which are created by the database administrators are referred to as database performance tuning. The database administrator jobs also make sure that the stored data is:

•    Regularly updated


•    Stored effectively
•    Is secure from access by any unauthorized source

The database uptime is also maximized, which is one of the important functions of the database administrator.

Often, database administrator jobs require the candidate to have a Masters degree in computer science or MIS, which stands for Management Information Systems. It is also important to know about knowledge business functions as communication is necessary. Database administration is a field where you need to hold a certification for a particular database software program. The Oracle database certifications are one of the popular database software programs that are highly demanded by employers. The other popular database software program is the Microsoft Certified Database Administrator or the MCDBA. This is also one of the highest paying technical certifications.

The candidate should be able to communicate with the other employees of the company in both technical as well as non technical roles. The database administrator should be skilled to take care of the maintenance and administrative tasks as they come up in the organization including backups and security.

They are also required to act as an IT professional when the task concerns the database. Database administrators should also be able to track the access of the database by any unauthorized source as well as identify the levels of access. This tracking is critical to the interests of the company. If you can prove yourself as skilled in these processes, your company will recognize that not only you are an efficient worker, but that you deserve the job.

You can train yourself in taking particular continuing education courses that deal with the maintenance of the database. The best training for database administration would be to familiarize you with the databases that are in demand. Internships and roles as technical supports like Network Administrators and System Administrators are also good foundations for the database administrator jobs.

Experience in the database administrator jobs helps you get a better job with better pay. Working for an IT company of your choice that uses the database software you are familiar with can help. Get familiar with the database and operating system you are using. Other aspects you can focus on include:

•    Designing and implementing your database
•    Searching for and finding books on database administration dealing with a specific operating system

Let the management of your company know that you want to be a database administrator by showing them that you are ready by doing good work.

If you are a certified database administrator, you can expect good career prospects in your profession all over the world. Additional qualifications in the relevant field also promise good growth opportunities.

The salaries of certified database administrators can range from $47,000 to $82,000 per year, with additional incentives.

The job involves checking the turnover of the preceding shift through an e-mail with a particular template. Sometimes, the database administrators tackle issues from previous shifts. They can call the person from the previous shift to confirm with the data, instead of e-mailing them. The database administrators are often promoted to becoming a senior role as a database administrator and then they move on to the strategic management as MIS Managers. The final rank they can achieve is the status of a Chief Technology Officer. Professionals of database administration often specialize in database security and become experts in their area of specialization.
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