In bachelor's degree programs in computer information systems or information technology, aspiring database management professionals study a company's or organization's data needs, and then design a means to organize and store the data in a way that meets those needs. Students gain an understanding of relational databases, and learn how to design, actualize, and manage them. Bachelor's degree graduates may burnish their database management credentials with professional certification.
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Bachelor's Degree Programs in Database Management
A Bachelor of Science in Information Technology or Information Systems includes courses in data mining, discrete math, operating systems and systems development. Electives can be used for a database management minor that includes courses such as:
- Artificial intelligence
- Database systems
- Distributed architectures
- Internet programming
- Project management
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipated that the number of database administrator jobs would increase by 11% between 2014 and 2024, which is faster than the national average (www.bls.gov). In May 2015, the median annual pay for database administrators was $81,710.
Certification and Continuing Education
Possible certifications for database managers may be in specific computer languages such as SQL, performance management software like Cognos, data servers such as Informix and myriad other database management tools. Certification test preparation is often offered online by the manufacturer and the tests given at authorized testing centers. Computer associations, product vendors and training institutions may also offer certifications. Because of rapid advancements in technology, specialists may need to take training and certification associated with an updated product or completely new products instead of recertification tests.
While there are few programs that offer a bachelor's degree in database management, many employers looking for potential database administrators seek out applicants with bachelor's degrees in either computer information systems or information technology. Earning certification can also improve employment opportunities.