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Database Administrators

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Administer, test, and implement computer databases, applying knowledge of database management systems. Coordinate changes to computer databases. May plan, coordinate, and implement security measures to safeguard computer databases.

    Work Activities
    • Test programs or databases, correct errors, and make necessary modifications.
    • Plan, coordinate and implement security measures to safeguard information in computer files against accidental or unauthorized damage, modification or disclosure.
    • Modify existing databases and database management systems or direct programmers and analysts to make changes.
    • Specify users and user access levels for each segment of database.
    • Select and enter codes to monitor database performance and to create production database.
    • Write and code logical and physical database descriptions and specify identifiers of database to management system or direct others in coding descriptions.
    • Work as part of a project team to coordinate database development and determine project scope and limitations.
    • Develop standards and guidelines to guide the use and acquisition of software and to protect vulnerable information.
    • Develop methods for integrating different products so they work properly together such as customizing commercial databases to fit specific needs.
    • Review procedures in database management system manuals for making changes to database.
    • Revise company definition of data as defined in data dictionary.
    • Review project requests describing database user needs to estimate time and cost required to accomplish project.
    • Establish and calculate optimum values for database parameters, using manuals and calculator.
    • Train users and answer questions.
    • Review workflow charts developed by programmer analyst to understand tasks computer will perform, such as updating records.
    • Approve, schedule, plan, and supervise the installation and testing of new products and improvements to computer systems, such as the installation of new databases.
    • Identify and evaluate industry trends in database systems to serve as a source of information and advice for upper management.
    • Develop data model describing data elements and how they are used, following procedures and using pen, template or computer software.
    Skills
    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    • Complex Problem Solving

      Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

    • Active Learning

      Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    5
    Workplace Documents
    6
    Graphic Literacy
    4
    Abilities
    • Deductive Reasoning

      The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

    • Information Ordering

      The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

    • Problem Sensitivity

      The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

    Knowledge
    • Computers and Electronics

      Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • Telecommunications

      Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $89,260/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $42.91/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 4,360
    • Yearly Projected Openings 310
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Conventional: People interested in this work like activities that include data, detail, and regular routines. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Analytical Thinking
    • Integrity
    • Cooperation
    • Dependability
    • Persistence
    Tools
    • Tape arrays
    • Notebook computers
    • Hard disk drives
    • Hard disk arrays
    • Desktop computers
    Technology
    • Web platform development software
    • Object or component oriented development software
    • Enterprise resource planning ERP software
    • Development environment software
    • Data base management system software
    Tags
    • InDemand occupations are considered a priority by the state of Ohio.
    • Bright Outlook occupations will grow rapidly in the next few years, have a large number of openings, or are new and emerging careers.
    • Apprenticeships are available for this occupation. These programs can help you get hands-on experience and build your skills.