Database administrators help companies manage information by identifying the best way to organize, store and present data according to user needs. More significantly, they ensure that the data available to users is accurate and secure from unauthorized access.
The corporate database is the heart of key business systems that drive payroll, manufacturing, sales and more, so database administrators are recognized—and rewarded—for playing a crucial role in an organization's success. Aside from high salary potential, DBA roles offer the personal satisfaction of solving business problems and seeing (in real-time) how your hard work benefits the firm.
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Job Market Demand
The increasing popularity of database-as-a-service, which allows database administration to be done by a third party over the internet, could increase the employment of DBAs at cloud computing firms in the computer systems design and related services industry. Employment of DBAs is projected to grow 48 percent in this industry from 2012 to 2022.
Employment growth for database administrators is expected in healthcare industries because, as the use of electronic medical records increases, more databases will be needed to keep track of patient information. Employment of DBAs is projected to grow 43 percent in general medical and surgical hospitals from 2012 to 2022. Source: Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Ed.