Database Manager

Ensure the optimum performance of databases.
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Salary Range
$42,000 – $116,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Database Managers do?

With the millions of pieces of data computers store and send each day, information would easily slip through the cracks or end up in a jumbled mess. Good thing there’s a Database Manager on board rounding it all up. Like a Rancher herding a stampeding group of cattle, the Database Manager is in charge of managing existing computer databases. While the term may sound overly technical, a database is nothing more than a list of information – much like a spreadsheet.

Database Administrators get the ball rolling by setting up and creating the original databases. Then you, the Database Manager, step in to keep it thriving. Each day, the database needs new information added to it, or it may need a massive overhaul such as adding new data types. If you imagine a database as a spreadsheet, the Database Administrator creates the sheet and the Database Manager –that’s you – adds new columns and rows to it.

This is a job that keeps you on your toes. If a database doesn’t work properly, the computer gives out false information. At a hospital, for example, a database might list current patients. When the hospital needs to run a report, it can pull all this information from the database. It’s your job to ensure the database pulls the right info so the hospital doesn’t have a patient mix-up on its hands.

Most people never see a database and have no idea it’s there until it breaks. You’re the database guardian who makes sure that doesn’t happen.

Should I be a Database Manager?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Logical Thinker: You take a step-by-step approach to analyze information and solve problems.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Database Engineer, Database Programmer, Databases Computer Consultant, Database Specialist, Database Tester See More

    How to become a Database Manager

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