Database Administrator

By organizing millions of pieces of information in a logical, coherent structure, database administrators make it so people can find what they're looking for, fast. Another important part of the job is making sure that the database is still useable in the event of an error or hardware failure, so you have to be able to prepare for the worst.

Because many databases are connected to the Internet, database administrators also must plan and coordinate security measures with network administrators. With the growing volume of sensitive data and the increasing interconnectedness of computer networks, data integrity, backup systems, and database security have become increasingly important aspects of the job of database administrators.

Because of the highly technical nature of their jobs, database administrators are well-paid and in high demand. An experienced DBA working in a tech-friendly area is rarely without work for long.

Median Salary
$91,500

Education Requirements
You'll need an undergraduate degree in Computer Science, Information Science, or Management Information Systems, and certification in the type of database you'll be working with can help as well. There are many scholarships and grants available to help you out. Check out our School and Scholarship Finders for suggestions and links to more that $200,000 in IT scholarships.

Job Outlook
Database administrators should continue to enjoy excellent job prospects, with the category expected to grow 29% between 2006 and 2016.

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