In general, the duties of this position include the maintenance of the following aspects of a database:
- Recoverability – the employees must be able to access the records
- Integrity – verification of the integrity of the data
- Security – ensuring that only the employees can access the data
- Availability – maximizing the time the system is accessible
- Performance – keeping the system up to date within the confines of the budget
- Development and support – instructing others to use the system
You will have to work closely with the employees of the organization to determine what their specific needs are in using the system. If the business is upgrading its computers, as the database administrator, it will be your responsibility to integrate the data stored on the old database to the new one. For the most part, you will work in an office in one location. However, if you administer the database of a corporation with many offices, you may have to travel to several locations from time to time. However, most people in this position can control the full system from a central office.
In order to get the training you need to become a database administrator, you can take a course in computers from a technical or vocational college or obtain a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. Many people have an undergraduate degree in another discipline and then take a graduate course in Information Technology. There are a variety of certificate programs you can take to give you many certificates for working in this occupation. You can study for these on your own and then apply to write the certification exams. When you search online you will also find many online courses in certifications that will greatly benefit you. This is a field in which you have great opportunity for advancement. Even though you are already in an administrator position, you can advance into a managerial position or take the courses qualifying you for other jobs in the IT sector.