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Database Administrators
District Of Columbia

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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.

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Currently Employed: 1,550

Projected Annual Job Openings: 70

Typical Hourly Wage: $34.15 - $55.28

Typical Annual Salary: $71,000 - $115,000

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Typical education needed for entry: Bachelor's degree

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: Less than 5 years

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: None

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typical job duties

  • Test programs or databases, correct errors, and make necessary modifications.
  • Modify existing databases and database management systems or direct programmers and analysts to make changes.
  • Plan, coordinate and implement security measures to safeguard information in computer files against accidental or unauthorized damage, modification or disclosure.
  • Work as part of a project team to coordinate database development and determine project scope and limitations.
  • Write and code logical and physical database descriptions and specify identifiers of database to management system or direct others in coding descriptions.
  • Train users and answer questions.
  • Specify users and user access levels for each segment of database.
  • Approve, schedule, plan, and supervise the installation and testing of new products and improvements to computer systems such as the installation of new databases.
  • Review project requests describing database user needs to estimate time and cost required to accomplish project.
  • Review procedures in database management system manuals for making changes to database.

tools & technology

  • Desktop computers
  • Hard disk arrays
  • Hard disk drives
  • Notebook computers
  • Tape arrays

  • Backup or archival software
  • Data base management system software
  • Metadata management software
  • Object or component oriented development software
  • Operating system software

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