Database management is broken into three general sections: design, engineering (or development) and database administration (DBA). Sometimes the designers and engineers work together, or one person may fill both roles. Once the database is designed and developed, then the administrators make minor tweaks as needed and manage the data to ensure consistency and continuity. Database admins also work to clean, archive and compress the database to ensure optimal operation. In smaller businesses, these jobs are almost non-existent, so look to larger corporations that manage large quantities of data for positions. No matter which direction you go, take some SQL (not server) classes first to get to know the language. It varies a little between programs, but it pretty consistent for the most part. Here are my top five database career recommendations and why:
If you’re a DBA (or a conscientious developer), an important part of your role involves working with security issues at a variety of levels. Because network and host issues affect database security, it’s important to understand several key concepts that serve as the basis for decisions that can help safeguard your data.