Database Specialists

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 computer programs, and allocate access to the computer system to users. They might also direct training of personnel who use company databases regularly. 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 110,000 database specialists working in the United States.


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