If job security matters to you, it’s a very good time to be – or to become – a database administrator (DBA).
According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, DBA jobs are projected to grow 11 percent by 2026, which is faster than the 7 percent average for all occupations.
Growth in the DBA occupation is being driven by the growing data needs of all sorts of companies. Database administrators are being asked to organize data and present it in a manner that is understandable for analysts and business decision-makers to understand.
The same report states that the increasing adoption of cloud services by small and medium-sized businesses who lack their own dedicated IT departments could increase the employment prospects of DBAs as well. The Labor Bureau also predicts a favorable job market that will see database administrators in high demand, with some firms finding it difficult to find qualified workers.
Applicants who have experience with the latest database administration technology and techniques will face the best prospects. Database theory, design, queries, and structured query language are important competencies to have.
Being a DBA involves managing and maintaining complex databases and other software. Almost all businesses rely on one or more databases to manage and keep track of their commerce and other activities. According to CTS, today’s DBA duties depends on where he or she is in terms of professional level:
“Senior DBAs often act as system architects, envisioning the combination of hardware and software required to meet an employer's needs. Mid-tier DBAs often partner with project teams tasked with digging into complex data for insight into company operations. Entry-level DBAs handle routine chores like archiving, optimizing and backing up large database storage volumes.”2
Database administration is a rewarding field but it takes a good amount of training to perform effectively. It's a great time to ensure your DBA skills are up to date, while expanding your skill set.
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*Featured image at top of blog post courtesy of Picserver.org.