By Sofia Marcelli
Life as a database administrator
Database administrators organize and manage data, update software, and troubleshoot when problems arise. As businesses accumulate more and more data, DBAs are in demand everywhere. "If you are concerned about having a job that will be around for a while, database administration is the way to go. This job gives you the satisfaction of solving problems and seeing how your work benefits your firm. Be prepared for middle-of-the-night tech meltdowns to set off your pager. The technology also changes rapidly. DBAs typically need to master new programs every six to nine months. And as with many tech jobs, outsourcing is a risk.