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Disaster Recovery Analyst

Put plans in place for restoring company files when disaster strikes.

What does a Disaster Recovery Analyst do?

For many companies, power surges, floods, and computer viruses all qualify as disasters. These events can wipe out years of computer records. When something like this happens, the company would naturally want the information restored and put back in place, just as if the disaster never happened. This is the job of the Disaster Recovery Analyst.

As a Disaster Recovery Analyst, you likely work for the information technology department of a large company. You study how the company stores computer files, and look for ways to store that information in another location, just in case something happens to the building you’re working in. A Disaster Recovery Analyst also perform tests to determine how the computer system would survive a breakdown and the ensuing recovery process. Finally, you write reports and presentations about how the system works, in case something happens and you’re not available to answer questions.

If a disaster occurs, you work quickly to put your plans in place and recover as much data as you can so the company can stay in business. While you never want a disaster to occur, you’ll be proud when your systems are up to the challenge and no data is lost. You’ll keep a nice set of clothing on hand for your hero’s photo shoot.

You spend much of your time at work thinking about the worst-case scenario, but you’re a positive thinker who believes that every challenge can be overcome with a solid plan. You’re a bit like a Cheerleader, reminding senior management that you have everything under control, no matter what happens.