Career Story: Database Administrator For A Healthcare Provider

Database Administrator For A Healthcare Provider

Job Title: Database Administrator

Type of Company: I work as a database administrator for a health care provider.

Education: MBA

Previous Experience: I started out as a management trainee then became a software developer using Visual Basic.

Job Tasks: My primary responsibility is to install, administer, maintain and manage SQL Server databases. The databases that I maintain are used to track patient data and are very important to the business we do. When my company buys a new software application and the application requires a SQL Server database engine, my manager will assign me the task of installing the software, creating the database that is required for the application's smooth functioning, creating necessary user logins and assigning permissions and privileges based on the rank of the user. Once the software is installed and I've configured it properly, I create the routines to back the database up every night. I need to check the status of those routines every day to ensure the databases are backed up and that the data's been preserved for future use.

There are both pros and cons to this job. The best part of the job is that there is always a chance to start with a clean slate. The servers are built from scratch and handed over to the database administrator for software installation and to make necessary configurations. The job provides the opportunity to interact with vendors and learn about their applications. It also provides me with a handful of opportunities to interact with various departments. When there is a performance issue -- or any other issue -- I get a chance to investigate it and do an overhaul of the database. The job requires me to keep up with the latest technology. A database administrator's job will get you to say "Never ever quit till you succeed." So many developers, quality assurance analysts, project managers and support teams rely on the availability of the database that failure is never an option.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of the job is that you get to talk to a lot of professional people from different organizations, establish standards and start from scratch. The other best part of the job is that it keeps you on your toes. You are constantly keeping up with the new technology that comes into the market. You are always reading something or other in connection with the SQL Server administration.

The worst part of the job is how demanding it can be. This job can be a 24/7 job if you are supporting a production environment.

Job Tips:
1. Get quality books on SQL Server administration. 2. Never skip over the basic concepts. 3. Master the advanced topics. 4. Be ready for any eventuality. 5. Get certified. 6. Take up mock interviews. 8. Download free SQL Server Express Edition from the web and start practicing administrative tasks.

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