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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.


Currently Employed: 300

Projected Annual Job Openings: 20

Typical Hourly Wage: $30.08 - $53.88

Typical Annual Salary: $62,600 - $112,100

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Typical education needed for entry: Bachelor's degree

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

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.
  • 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.
  • Develop standards and guidelines for the use and acquisition of software and to protect vulnerable information.
  • Work as part of a project team to coordinate database development and determine project scope and limitations.
  • 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 to make changes to database.

tools & technology

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

  • Data base management system software
  • Data base user interface and query software
  • Development environment software
  • Object or component oriented development software
  • Web platform development software