Career outlook for database administrator
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
Plan and build computer systems to hold vital information for organisations. Make sure the systems are secure and work properly.
You could work on a variety of databases such as a bank’s customer account networks or hospital’s database of patient records.
You’d make sure each database system works properly and is easy for your colleagues to use when they deal with customers or clients.
You would upgrade existing databases and create completely new systems. It’s likely you would also work with web-based technologies and you’d need to understand how databases fit in with these systems.
On a new system, you would work with the organisation to:
- Establish what the database is for, who will use it and what other systems it will link to, such as telephones
- Plan the structure of the database, working out how to organise, find and display the information
- Build a test version and check the results to iron out any technical problems (bugs)
- Fill (populate) the database with new information or transfer existing data into it
- Plan how to update information, create back-up copies and report errors
- Put in security measures
You’d need to understand data protection issues and keep up to date with developments in technology.
You may also supervise technical support staff, train people who will use the system and produce performance reports for managers.
You would work on projects with other information technology (IT) professionals, such as analysts, programmers and IT project managers.
In a senior position you would be responsible for strategic planning, information policy, budgets and managing client relationships.
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