Database Architect

Daily job duties for database architects vary based on the amount of data they manage and the number of other IT professionals they regularly work with. These core tasks, however, are common despite those variables:
Create and Maintain Databases
Database architects design new databases to securely store data, then maintain those databases to ensure that data remains safe and accessible. This also includes testing all database functions and features to ensure consistent and efficient operations.
Assess Data Needs
Database architects review a company’s database needs and develop plans and programs to manage these issues.
Evaluate Database Components Database architects evaluate software, hardware, and computer networks as they relate to the database to check for bugs and other issues that may affect functionality.
Perform Data Cleanup
Database architects clean up databases by removing excess and old data that no longer needs to be stored.
Design Database Applications
Database architects create new database applications.
Back Up Data
Database architects regularly back up data to prevent data loss.
Collaborate with Staff
Database architects collaborate with system architects, information technologists, and other staff members regarding data storage practices, network operation, and other computer issues.

Database architects need excellent computer skills and a high degree of programming knowledge to create and maintain databases and manage data. Employers look for candidates who display the following essential skills:


Database architects use multiple programming languages to design database applications, which requires excellent computer programming skills.

Computer skills

Database architects use computer skills to work with multiple software programs, computer networks, and applications.

Analytical thinking

Database architects use analytical skills to evaluate databases and database components.

Attention to detail

Database architects study and examine databases for security, data flow, and functionality, which requires good attention to detail.

Communication skills

Database architects collaborate frequently with other members of the IT staff, which requires good verbal communication skills.

Employers look for database architects who have a bachelor’s degree in information technology, engineering, computer science, or a similar field. Candidates who have a master’s degree in one of these disciplines are even more desirable to employers, though this is not usually a requirement of employment.
Little on-the-job training is provided to database architects, who already have the skills and knowledge needed to perform the job’s day-to-day functions. However, many employers provide database architects with a brief orientation period during which they become familiar with the company’s data needs and existing database functions. This orientation period varies by company but typically lasts no longer than a few weeks.
86.000 EUR per year

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