In a typical work setting, database administrators:
- Have a high level of social contact. They talk to coworkers and clients throughout the day.
- Work as part of a team. This is important when developing databases.
- Communicate with coworkers daily by telephone, e-mail, and in person.
- Are somewhat responsible for the work done by other administrators and computer support employees.
Physical Work Conditions
- Always work indoors.
- Are sometimes exposed to sounds and noise levels that are distracting and uncomfortable.
- May share office space with coworkers.
- Must be exact in their work and be sure all details are done. Serious results may occur if database administrators and their staff make mistakes. Deadlines may be missed and projects may cost a company more money to finish.
- Repeat the same physical and mental activities. This is very important when working at the computer.
- Must meet weekly and monthly deadlines.
- Can make most decisions and set most tasks without talking to a supervisor.
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- Make decisions monthly that affect the financial resources of the company.
- Work a regular schedule.
- Usually work more than 40 hours per week.