Oracle database administrators are responsible for designing, maintaining and ensuring that the company's Oracle database runs smoothly; they are often responsible for other databases as well. These administrators work alongside other IT specialists, office staff and department heads, and they oversee database assistants. Oracle database administrators work with computers and computer systems daily, running multiple monitors and systems to check their accuracy and workability, as well as troubleshoot any errors found. Common tasks include writing code for a program, testing it to make sure it works, and implementing it into their company software. They may deal with issues in existing software and collaborate with other employees in the company to determine what changes, if any, need to be made.
Oracle database administrators typically have a bachelor's degree in computer science or a related field, and some jobs require the applicant to be a certified Oracle professional. Oracle database administrators work mainly with Windows operating systems and must be familiar with their use, as well as have experience with Linux or Unix programming. They may work for any large or small companies that use computer programs for their day-to-day business; this may include healthcare companies, government agencies, companies in the technology industry, start-ups and universities, among other employers. They work indoors in an office setting during regular business hours, though they may be called in for emergencies or problems with the system during off-hours.
Oracle Database Administrator (DBA) Tasks
- Build and deploy databases for new customers.
- Maintain and tune up existing customer databases.
- Manage backup and recovery routines.
- Install and configure Oracle and SQLServer in hosted and enterprise environments.
- Design and enhance data models for an object-oriented application platform.