A database administration (DBA) manager is a key player in the maintenance of a company’s data infrastructure. They implement and maintain databases, as well as work with the many other information technology professionals in their organization to ensure the security, availability, and speed of a company’s databases. They may also work with other stakeholders in the company’s information architecture, such as upper management and department heads. Most database administration managers work with the data of a single company, though some operate in a consulting role.
DBA managers generally work in an office environment. Because databases are often most heavily used during normal business hours, implementation of updates and changes to those data stores must generally be performed overnight or during weekends. However, other aspects of the database administration manager’s work may be performed during business hours, such as backups, data restores, load balancing, and creating new users and roles.
Generally, DBAs must have a bachelor’s degree in information technology, computer science or a related field; however, experience may be substituted for education. Depending on the database software used by their company, a DBA may be required to be certified in any number of solutions such as Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server. Employers may also prefer certifications in associated software and hardware such as operating systems, server hardware, backup hardware, and virtual machine software.
Database Administration (DBA) Manager Tasks
- Hire, review, and fire non-management employees.
- Manage the database administration department's daily operation.
- Act as a resource for database administrators on policies, procedures and technical issues.
- Plan, direct and coordinate daily activities of a department/group/team.