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ENTERPRISE DATA ARCHITECT: The Information Companies Have On Customers Is Very Important

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John is an Enterprise Data Architect, he shares what a typical day looks like for him and what his job entails. He also explains what kinds of data corporations collect, and what he's learned since he started his career: why data is important. John also provides advice for those interested in becoming data architects.

School: University Southern California - University of California Los Angeles - University of California Los Angeles
Degree: Computer Systems Management
Job Title: Enterprise Data Architect

Job Summary: Information Security Analysts, Web Developers, and Computer Network Architects

Job Description

Information security analysts, web developers, and computer network architects all use information technology (IT) to advance their organization's goals. Security analysts ensure a firm's information stays safe from cyberattacks. Web developers create websites to help firms have a public face. Computer network architects create the internal networks all workers within organizations use.

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Additional Info

Employment of information security analysts, web developers, and computer network architects is projected to grow 22 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. Job prospects for all three occupations should be favorable.

Quick Facts

Average salary
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$45,000 - $75,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
20 to 30 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Remote, Indoor, Military, Home
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Detail oriented, Problem solving skills, Creativity, Analytical skills, Written communication skills, Teamwork, Technical skills, Organizational skills, Mathematical skills

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