Data Warehousing Specialists

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ABOUT DATA WAREHOUSING SPECIALIST CAREERS
Video transcript

Every organization, public or private, needs secure data storage. Data warehousing specialists and document management specialists configure data storage systems to keep data both accessible and safe. Data warehousing specialists start by gaining an understanding of what data their customers need to store, and how they want to access it. Then they design data warehouses to securely store their customer's data. Their systems often need to allow batch loading of large amounts of data, such as a company's payroll, sales, or purchasing records. These specialists develop detailed documentation, such as a description of data's path from origin, formatting and structure specifications, where it's stored, and who has access to it. They create procedures and rules so that different business groups can extract needed data. Document management specialists oversee an organization's systems for capturing, storing, and destroying electronic records and documents. They make sure that documents can be accessed only by authorized individuals, and that master documents remain secure. Both roles test many functions of their systems regularly to ensure they operate accurately, and meet relevant industry regulations. Skills in data analysis and programming are needed to modify programs, and troubleshoot support for users. People in these positions may work more than 40 hours per week. Most positions require a bachelor's degree, but some require only technical training or an associate's degree.

SNAPSHOT
Design, model, or implement corporate data warehousing activities. Program and configure warehouses of database information and provide support to warehouse users.
Leadership
HIGH
Critical decision making
LOW
Level of responsibilities
LOW
Job challenge and pressure to meet deadlines
HIGH
Dealing and handling conflict
LOW
Competition for this position
MED
Communication with others
LOW
Work closely with team members, clients etc.
HIGH
Comfort of the work setting
HIGH
Exposure to extreme environmental conditions
LOW
Exposure to job hazards
LOW
Physical demands
LOW
Daily tasks

Select methods, techniques, or criteria for data warehousing evaluative procedures.

Develop or maintain standards, such as organization, structure, or nomenclature, for the design of data warehouse elements, such as data architectures, models, tools, and databases.

Design, implement, or operate comprehensive data warehouse systems to balance optimization of data access with batch loading and resource utilization factors, according to customer requirements.

Test software systems or applications for software enhancements or new products.

Create or implement metadata processes and frameworks.

Prepare functional or technical documentation for data warehouses.

Implement business rules via stored procedures, middleware, or other technologies.

Design and implement warehouse database structures.

Develop data warehouse process models, including sourcing, loading, transformation, and extraction.

Create supporting documentation, such as metadata and diagrams of entity relationships, business processes, and process flow.

Create plans, test files, and scripts for data warehouse testing, ranging from unit to integration testing.

MAIN ACTIVITIES
Interacting With Computers Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
Analyzing Data or Information Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
Processing Information Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
Thinking Creatively Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
AREAS OF KNOWLEDGE
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Design Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
Engineering and Technology Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
Economics and Accounting Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
TOP SKILLS
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Programming Writing computer programs for various purposes.
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Systems Analysis Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.