Database Administrator - Job Scope


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A simple review about database administrator (DBA) job scope and requirements.

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Database Administrator - Job Scope

  2. 2. INTRODUCTION A database administrator is a person responsible for the installation, configuration, upgrade, administration, monitoring and maintenance of databases in an organization. The role includes the development and design of database strategies, system monitoring and improving database performance and capacity, and planning for future expansion requirements.
  3. 3. SKILLS REQUIREMENT oCommunication skills. oKnowledge of database theory. oKnowledge of database design. oKnowledge about the RDBMS itself. oKnowledge of Structured Query Language (SQL). oGeneral understanding of distributed computing architectures. oGeneral understanding of the underlying operating system. oGeneral understanding of storage technologies, memory management, disk arrays, networking.
  4. 4. EDUCATION Employers require a Bachelor's Degree or higher in Computer Science, Engineering or related field to perform job duties as a Database Administrator. Most commercial databases like SQL Server, Oracle, Mongo are highly complex.
  5. 5. DUTIES 1. Installing and upgrading the database server and application tools 2. Allocating system storage and planning future storage requirements for the database system 3. Modifying the database structure, as necessary, from information given by application developers verbally 4. Enrolling users and maintaining system security 5. Ensuring compliance with database vendor license agreement
  6. 6. DUTIES 6. Controlling and monitoring user access to the database 7. Monitoring and optimizing the performance of the database 8. Planning for backup and recovery of database information 9. Maintaining archived data 10. Backing up and restoring databases 11. Contacting database vendor for technical support 12. Generating various reports by querying from database as per need.
  7. 7. HIERARCHICAL LEVEL OF DBA 1. Data analysts/query designers 2. Junior DBAs 3. Midlevel DBAs 4. Senior DBAs 5. DBA consultants 6. Manager/Director of Database Administration/Information Technology