Database Specialists

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Database specialists design, install, update, modify, maintain, and repair computer database systems to meet the needs of their employers. To do this work they need strong math skills, the ability to work with many variables at once, and a solid understanding of the organization's objectives. They consult with other management officials to discuss computer equipment purchases, determine requirements for various software programs, and allocate access to the computer system to users. They might also direct training of personnel who use company databases regularly. Some database specialists specialize in database systems, the physical and technical aspects of a database; others focus on the software that is designed for a specific database application or a set of applications. Database specialists may also be called database designers, database analysts, database managers, or database administrators in some businesses; at other businesses, these designations represent separate jobs. All of these positions, however, fall under the umbrella category of database specialist. There are approximately 113,770 database specialists working in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Database Administrators, Database Analysts, Database Designers, Database Managers
Duties Plan and set up database systems; maintain the flow of computer information; determine the equipment necessary to upgrade computer systems; supervise computer technicians and data processing clerks; ensure that the system runs efficiently
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all regions
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Computer Science
  • English
  • Mathematics
Experience Prior experience as a developer or analyst
Personality Traits
  • Problem-Solving
  • Scientific
  • Technical
  • Computer
  • Information Management
  • Math
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Database Administrator
  • Database Specialist
  • Database Analyst
  • Database/Software Developer
  • Computer Programmer