A Career in Databases {18}

by Kyle Y
So the quarter is coming to an end and you loved the class. I mean who wouldn’t? The practical uses of databases are endless and the need for people to manage them will only grow. The careers within CIS are among the top 5 growing jobs in the U.S. and this blog will tell you why. As mentioned in many other presentations about 80- 90 percent of data has been created within the last 2 years and database admins are the ones who are responsible for managing and turning that data into useful information. Throughout this post I will discuss how to become an admin, discuss salary, work environment, and its job outlook. read more...

How to become an Oracle DBA {3}

by Kevin S
Last week I read and wrote about an article describing what a DBA’s job consists of, and the question arose of how a person might go about becoming a DBA. This week I read the article “How to become an Oracle DBA” by Burleson Consulting. The author starts off by listing the very generous salaries of DBA’s, which often start at around $100k/year and can reach up to $250k/year. While this is appealing, that salary doesn’t come easy. The author talks about the complex and specialized set of skills which are required. The main 3 points he brings up are outstanding communication, business degree, and of course DBA skills. The author also suggests taking courses such as Operations Research and getting Oracle certifications(however he later states in a comment on the article that certifications don’t mean much anymore). read more...

Being a DBA {1}

by Abel R
For this week, I found an article on ProQuest titled ” Database Administrator”. This article gives you a good idea on what a database administrator does. DBA’s are responsible for storing, managing, and organizing data. As a DBA you work with software and find ways to do all this. Other tasks that must be performed are to make sure the system performs as it should and plan the system’s security measures. These measures include data integrity, backup, and security which are critical parts of the job. read more...