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Database administrators (DBAs) use Database Management Systems like SQL Server and Oracle software to secure, manage and maintain, backup and restore data, business or organizational records.
Database administrators typically get full time work. About 1 in 5 DBAs worked more than 40 hours per week in 2014. In 2016, the median pay for DBAs was $84,950.
Database administrators or DBAs work with data analysts to identify or find the information needed by the organization. DBAs work with management to understand the company’s business goals and provide the supporting data.
DBAs also work with software developers and database developers to design and develop new databases and / or business software.
The Database Administrator's (DBA) Job Description
Here is an overview of the database administrator’s (DBA) job description.
- The database administrator or DBA is responsible for installing / maintaining databases, applying patches and upgrading databases to newer versions.
- The DBA is responsible for maintaining the security of the databases in the environment.
- The DBA is usually tasked with supporting production, staging or quality assurance databases while but the support of development databases is often left to the software / database developer.
- The DBA is responsible for maintaining the uptime or availability of production databases.
- The DBA monitors production databases regularly and is responsible for bringing down the database or taking the database offline when the need arises.
- The DBA’s roles, responsibilities and duties also includes monitoring or optimizing performance, security, backup, recovery or integrity of database management systems as well as preparing, documenting and executing disaster recovery plans.