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How to Become a Database Administrator

  1. 1. How To Become a Database Administrator (DBA) Learning IT Courses Has Never Been This Easy Everything to BOOST your IT Career - Free Training Courses, Practice Exams, Interview Questions, Jobs, Career Guidance and more.
  2. 2. What Is Database Administration  Database administration is the function of managing and maintaining database management systems (DBMS) software.  Database administrators (DBAs) are specialized IT personals who manages MAINSTREAM DBMS software such as Oracle, IBM DB2 and Microsoft SQL Server.  Extent to which the administration of a database is automated dictates the skills required to manage databases.
  3. 3. DBA TASKS  DBA designs, implements, and maintains the database system.  Establishes policies and procedures for the management,        security, maintenance, and use of the database management system. Ensures effective storage of data and regular back up. Maximizes database uptime to make the data available. Installation, configuration and upgrading of Database server software and related products. Database tuning and performance monitoring. Evaluation of Database features and Database related products. Get updated with emerging technologies and new design approaches. Trains employees in database management.
  4. 4. Database Administration Tools  Native tools come up with the DBMS software to help DBAs manage the DBMS. Example:  Microsoft SQL Server comes with SQL Server Enterprise Manager.  Oracle has tools such as SQL*Plus and Oracle Enterprise Manager/Grid Control.  Third parties such as BMC, Quest Software, Embarcadero Technologies, EMS Database Management Solutions and SQL Maestro Group offer GUI tools to easily carry out certain functions inside the database.
  5. 5. Work Nature  Database administration work is complex, repetitive and requires significant training as databases hold valuable and mission-critical data.  With the increase in automation, the organization requires skilled workers to create and manage the automation and a group of lower skilled line DBAs to execute the automation.  Skills to recover the database to a given point of time to prevent a loss of data, in cases ranging from simple failure to a full catastrophic failure, is the challenging part of the work.
  6. 6. How to become DBA  A degree in Computer Science/ Management Information Systems (MIS) is required.  Gain experience with major database management products- Structured Query Language, SAP, and Oracle-based database management software.  Certification programs in specific databases such as Oracle database certifications, Microsoft Certified Database Administrator & internships is an advantage.
  7. 7. Career Progress and OUT-LOOK  Data analysts/query designers, Junior DBAs, Mid-level DBAs, Senior DBAs, DBA consultants and Manager/Director of Database Administration/Information Technology is general hierarchical system of database administrators.  One may transit from other technical support roles, such as System Administrators and Network Administrators.  DABs are promoted to a senior database administrator, a MIS Manager (strategic management role), and eventually to a Chief Technology Officer role.  In case of specialization in specific area, such as database security, DBAs become experts taking them to higher level.
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