Careers in Information Technology by Christine Wilcox

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Companies in all sectors of the economy are predicted to have increased data needs, especially in health care, where use of electronic medical records is increasing. In general medical and surgical hospitals, employment of DBAs is expected to grow 43 percent. The cloud computing industry, in which data is managed off-site by a service provider, is also predicted to have an increased need for DBAs; the BLS predicts employment will grow by 48 percent. However, because new software tools are increasing the productivity of DBAs, growth in these two industries might be slightly slower than predicted.

For complex jobs, employers often like applicants to have a master’s degree in business administration with a concentration in information systems. Sometimes applicants with highly technical skills can meet this requirement with a few electives in business systems analysis. Management information systems is another popular degree, since it combines business and technology. Those who plan to specialize in health care systems should take courses in health management or finance. And because the industry is constantly changing, all systems analysts should keep abreast of new technologies and continue their studies well past their formal education.

How Do You Become a Database Administrator? Education Most DBAs have a bachelor’s degree, usually in management information systems. Some have master’s degrees that focus study on the management or analysis of data, such as computer science, information systems, or information technology. Other employers prefer a DBA’s master’s degree be in business with a minor in information systems. DBAs must also understand database language, such as Structured Query Language (SQL). A database query is a set of coded instructions that tells the database what information to retrieve.

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