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Database Architect

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Bachelor's degree

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What They Do

Database Architects Career Video

About This Career

Designs strategies for enterprise databases, data warehouse systems, and multidimensional networks. Sets standards for database operations, programming, query processes, and security. Models, designs, and constructs large relational databases or data warehouses. Creates and optimizes data models for warehouse infrastructure and workflow. Integrates new systems with existing warehouse structure and refines system performance and functionality.

This career is part of the Information Technology cluster Information Support and Services pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Designs databases to support business applications, ensuring system scalability, security, performance, and reliability.
  • Develops database architectural strategies at the modeling, design and implementation stages to address business or industry requirements.
  • Collaborates with system architects, software architects, design analysts, and others to understand business or industry requirements.
  • Develops data models for applications, metadata tables, views or related database structures.
  • Sets up database clusters, backup, or recovery processes.
  • Creates and enforces database development standards.
  • Develops and documents database architectures.
  • Designs 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.
  • Documents and communicates database schemas, using accepted notations.
  • Identifies, evaluates and recommends hardware or software technologies to achieve desired database performance.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would sit most of the time. There's some walking and standing. You may have to lift and carry things like books, papers or tools weighing 10 lbs. or less.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Data Officer
  • Database Consultant
  • Information Architect
  • Information Modeling Engineer Specialist
  • Information Technology Architect (IT Architect)
  • System Engineer
  • Database Analyst — Designs, develops and administers data management solutions using database management software.
  • Database Developer — Designs, develops, tests, implements and maintains new and existing databases. Creates management methods and systems to access efficiently the information stored in databases.
  • Database Programmer


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