Database Manager – Job Description
Database managers ensure that companies store, manage, organise and access their information as efficiently as possible.
Key responsibilities involve designing, building and testing databases, so as well as excellent technical knowledge, you’ll need to be a good communicator and listener as you’ll be working out how people use databases and what they actually want and need from them.
After that, you’ll be improving the database and monitoring its performance, ensuring it’s backed-up and safe from attack, troubleshooting and making sure all the data held complies with data protection law.
Problem solving and analytical skills lie at the heart of the job.
An IT-related degree will help you get started, as will any other database management experience you might have picked up along the way. Up-to-date professional database package qualifications will be needed and web-based skills such as Html always look good on a CV.
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British Computer Society (BCS)
Offering a chartered status for IT professionals, the BCS provides a number of qualifications towards continuing professional development. They also strongly support exchange of knowledge and expertise, and membership can get you access to this community of information.
Data Management Association International (DAMA)
An organisation dedicated to promoting and advancing work with data, data management and data protection. They complete regular research surrounding the principles and policies of data management and offer a useful list of training and education opportunities.
Institute for the Management of Information Systems
Involved in information and research development to support IT professionals, the IMIS also offer a strong education network with links to universities and regarded qualification programmes that cover the spectrum, from providing a foot in the door to continuing professional development.
IEEE Computer Society
A division of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the Computer Society provides access to a wealth of information developed through knowledge exchange and research allowing you to keep abreast of latest trends and developments. They also offer some training in addition to networking opportunities through conferences.
Institute of Analysts and Programmers
An organisation for those involved in the development, testing and installation of information systems. Membership gets you access to an enterprising network of professionals, a number of professional services and advice and if you’re a consultant, or considering becoming one, your name goes on their register of consultants which can direct clients to you.
The UK Sector Skills Council for IT, connecting you with the training and qualifications you need to get ahead in the industry.
National Skills Academy for IT
A portal to short and long courses, apprenticeship schemes and information about careers, standards and systems. Great for figuring out if database management is the job for you and how you can get there.
Offering certification to help you progress to management level and stay at the height of your game when you get there, CompTIA are a great association to be a part of during your network career.