Database Architects

Design strategies for enterprise database systems and set standards for operations, programming, and security. Design and construct large relational databases. Integrate new systems with existing warehouse structure and refine system performance and functionality.

Median Annual Wage: $83,410

Education: Bachelor's degree (58%); Master's degree (29%); Associate's degree (4%)

Projected Growth: Slower than average (3% to 7%)

Related Job Titles: System Engineer; Data Administrator; Data Architect; Data Officer; Database Architect; Database Consultant; Information Architect; Information Modeling Engineer Specialist; Information Technology Architect (IT Architect); Technical Operations Vice President

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Source: O*NET OnLine information for Database Architects.

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  • Develop database architectural strategies at the modeling, design and implementation stages to address business or industry requirements.
  • Collaborate with system architects, software architects, design analysts, and others to understand business or industry requirements.
  • Develop data models for applications, metadata tables, views or related database structures.
  • Set up database clusters, backup, or recovery processes.
  • Create and enforce database development standards.
  • Develop and document database architectures.
  • Design database applications, such as interfaces, data transfer mechanisms, global temporary tables, data partitions, and function-based indexes to enable efficient access of the generic database structure.
  • Monitor and report systems resource consumption trends to assure production systems meet availability requirements and hardware enhancements are scheduled appropriately.
  • Document and communicate database schemas, using accepted notations.
  • Identify, evaluate and recommend hardware or software technologies to achieve desired database performance.
  • Demonstrate database technical functionality, such as performance, security and reliability.
  • Develop or maintain archived procedures, procedural codes, or queries for applications.
  • Test changes to database applications or systems.
  • Develop load-balancing processes to eliminate down time for backup processes.
  • Provide technical support to junior staff or clients.
  • Identify and correct deviations from database development standards.
  • Plan and install upgrades of database management system software to enhance database performance.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Database Architects.

  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Systems Analysis - Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Systems Evaluation - Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Database Architects.

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