Top 5 most surprising things about being a database administrator

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5. Being on-call

A database administrator’s job doesn’t necessarily end when he or she leaves the workplace. Databases are accessed during all hours, and database administrators often need to be available 24/7 in case of security breaches, system crashes or other errors. Particularly for websites with ecommerce functions, a system crash could become an emergency situation due to revenue loss during peak shopping periods.

4. Workspace

Database administrators who work for organizations typically work in an office; however, those who work for research companies or hospitals often work in labs. Some database administrators also work out of their own homes.

3. Range of Industries

Since the advent of the Internet, database administrators have become a necessity to virtually all industries. Database administrators are employed by not-for-profits, banks, medical researchers, and retailers alike to organize and protect information.

2. Level of Responsibility

Database administrators carry a huge level of responsibility, particularly when it comes to the security of private information. The results of a security breach in a database could be disastrous, depending on the nature and volume of private information stored. For example, a security breach in a database that stores private financial or medical information could have serious legal implications.

1. Relation to Revenue

Database administrators can be integral to improving an organization’s bottom line. It’s not uncommon for a database administrator to be called upon by upper-management to advise on database industry trends that can make the organization more efficient and/or profitable.

Published on December 2, 2011
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