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Working As A Consultant Database Administrator

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Processing Information
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Getting Information
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $85,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Consultant Database Administrator Do

Database administrators use specialized software to store and organize data, such as financial information and customer shipping records. They make sure that data are available to users and are secure from unauthorized access.

Duties

Database administrators typically do the following:

  • Ensure that organizational data is secure
  • Back up and restore data to prevent data loss
  • Identify user needs to create and administer databases
  • Ensure that the database operates efficiently and without error
  • Make and test modifications to the database structure when needed
  • Maintain the database and update permissions
  • Merge old databases into new ones

Database administrators, often called DBAs, make sure that data analysts can easily use the database to find the information they need and that the system performs as it should. DBAs sometimes work with an organization’s management to understand the company’s data needs and to plan the goals of the database. They also may work with computer and information systems managers to provide database solutions. Database administrators are responsible for backing up systems to prevent data loss in case of a power outage or other disaster. They also ensure the integrity of the database, guaranteeing that the data stored in it come from reliable sources.

Some DBAs oversee the development of new databases. They have to determine what the needs of the database are and who will be using it. They often monitor database performance and conduct performance-tuning support. Database administrators often plan security measures, making sure that data are secure from unauthorized access. Many databases contain personal or financial information, making security important.

Many database administrators are general-purpose DBAs and have all these duties. However, some DBAs specialize in certain tasks that vary with an organization and its needs. Two common specialties are as follows:

System DBAs are responsible for the physical and technical aspects of a database, such as installing upgrades and patches to fix program bugs. They typically have a background in system architecture and ensure that the firm’s database management systems work properly.

Application DBAs support a database that has been designed for a specific application or a set of applications, such as customer-service software. Using complex programming languages, they may write or debug programs and must be able to manage the applications that work with the database. They also do all the tasks of a general DBA, but only for their particular application.

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How To Become A Consultant Database Administrator

Database administrators (DBAs) usually have a bachelor’s degree in an information- or computer-related subject such as computer science. Before becoming an administrator, these workers typically get work experience in a related field.

Education

Most database administrators have a bachelor’s degree in management information systems (MIS) or a computer-related field. Firms with large databases may prefer applicants who have a master’s degree focusing on data or database management, typically either in computer science, information systems, or information technology.

Database administrators need an understanding of database languages, the most common of which is Structured Query Language, commonly called SQL. Most database systems use some variation of SQL, and a DBA will need to become familiar with whichever programming language the firm uses.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Certification is generally offered directly from software vendors or from vendor-neutral certification providers. Certification validates the knowledge and best practices required from DBAs. Companies may require their database administrators to be certified in the products they use.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Most do not begin their careers as database administrators. Many first work as database developers or data analysts. A database developer is a type of software developer who specializes in creating databases. The job of a data analyst is to interpret the information stored in a database in a way the firm can use. Depending on their specialty, data analysts can have different job titles, including financial analyst, market research analyst, and operations research analyst. After mastering one of these fields, they may become a database administrator. For more information, see the profiles on software developers, financial analysts, market research analysts, and operations research analysts.

Advancement

Database administrators can advance to become computer and information systems managers.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. DBAs must be able to monitor a database system’s performance to determine when action is needed. They must be able to evaluate complex information that comes from a variety of sources.

Communication skills. Most database administrators work on teams and must be able to communicate effectively with developers, managers, and other workers.

Detail oriented. Working with databases requires an understanding of complex systems, in which a minor error can cause major problems. For example, mixing up customers’ credit card information can cause someone to be charged for a purchase he or she didn’t make.

Logical thinking. Database administrators must make sense of data and organize it in a meaningful pattern so that it is easily retrievable.

Problem-solving skills. When problems with a database arise, administrators must be able to troubleshoot and correct the problems.

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Consultant Database Administrator Career Paths

Consultant Database Administrator
Office Manager Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Project Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Operations Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Database Administrator Principal Consultant Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Database Administrator Principal Consultant Senior Project Manager
Information Systems Director
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Database Administrator Principal Consultant Information Technology Project Manager
Technical Delivery Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Lead Database Administrator Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Manager Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Manager Service Manager Information Technology Manager
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
Manager Senior Project Manager Information Systems Director
Director Of Information Services
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Oracle Database Administrator Lead Technician Solutions Architect
Solutions Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Oracle Database Administrator Solutions Architect Network Manager
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Oracle Database Administrator Solutions Architect Systems Manager
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Database Administration Manager Database Manager Data Manager
Data Management Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Project Leader Manager Applications Development
Application Development Director
11 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Technical Team Lead Software Development Manager
System Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Administrator Marketing Manager Marketing Manager/Project Manager
Customer Relationship Management Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Software Development Manager Information Technology Operations Manager
Manager Information Technology Applications
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Data Administrator 3.0 years
Database Engineer 2.8 years
Top Careers Before Consultant Database Administrator
Consultant 11.1%
Manager 2.8%
Internship 2.5%
Top Careers After Consultant Database Administrator
Consultant 12.9%

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Consultant Database Administrator Demographics

Gender

Male

46.1%

Female

43.0%

Unknown

10.9%
Ethnicity

White

57.0%

Hispanic or Latino

15.3%

Black or African American

11.6%

Asian

11.2%

Unknown

5.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

62.1%

French

9.1%

Russian

4.5%

German

3.0%

Serer

3.0%

Italian

3.0%

Portuguese

1.5%

Lithuanian

1.5%

Filipino

1.5%

Chinese

1.5%

Turkish

1.5%

Dutch

1.5%

Carrier

1.5%

Ukrainian

1.5%

Tagalog

1.5%

Cantonese

1.5%
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Consultant Database Administrator Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

23.0%

University of Maryland - College Park

4.9%

University of Florida

4.9%

University of Maryland - University College

4.9%

Strayer University

4.9%

Ashford University

4.5%

Johns Hopkins University

4.5%

Walden University

4.1%

University of Houston

4.1%

Kaplan University

4.1%

New York University

3.7%

San Francisco State University

3.7%

Temple University

3.7%

University of Connecticut

3.7%

DePaul University

3.7%

University of California - San Diego

3.7%

Northeastern University

3.7%

University of South Florida

3.3%

American University

3.3%

Illinois Institute of Technology

3.3%
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Majors

Business

29.6%

Computer Science

15.2%

Psychology

5.4%

Accounting

5.0%

Computer Information Systems

4.3%

Finance

4.0%

Electrical Engineering

3.7%

Management

3.4%

Health Care Administration

3.1%

Education

3.0%

Communication

3.0%

Marketing

2.9%

Information Technology

2.6%

Computer Applications

2.5%

English

2.4%

Computer Engineering

2.2%

Project Management

1.9%

Public Administration

1.9%

Engineering

1.9%

Nursing

1.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

39.7%

Masters

26.8%

Other

16.9%

Associate

7.9%

Certificate

4.1%

Doctorate

2.9%

Diploma

1.2%

License

0.5%
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Average Yearly Salary
$85,000
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$60,000
Min 10%
$85,000
Median 50%
$85,000
Median 50%
$85,000
Median 50%
$85,000
Median 50%
$85,000
Median 50%
$85,000
Median 50%
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Median 50%
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Best Paying Company
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Highest Paying City
Nashua, NH
Highest Paying State
Vermont
Avg Experience Level
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How much does a Consultant Database Administrator make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Consultant Database Administrator in the United States is $85,548 per year or $41 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $60,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $120,000.

Real Consultant Database Administrator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Intercan Consultants USA Corp. D/B/A The Plaza GRO Intercan Consultants USA Corp. Hollywood, FL Sep 16, 2010 $200,000
SAP DBA Consultant BB&T Corporation Greensboro, NC Sep 04, 2015 $130,000
Consulting Database Administrator BB&T Corporation Wilson, NC Aug 16, 2016 $127,000
Consulting Database Administrator HCA Management Services LP Nashville, TN Mar 23, 2016 $118,000
Principal Consultant/Advanced Architecture-DBA Kbace Technologies, Inc. Nashua, NH Aug 18, 2014 $116,600
VP; Consultant II-Database Analyst/Admin Bank of America N.A. Charlotte, NC Oct 10, 2009 $114,000 -
$134,000
Consultant II-Database Analyst/Admin Bank of America N.A. Agoura Hills, CA Jun 25, 2012 $113,506 -
$120,000
Consultant II-DB Anlt/Admin Countrywide Home Loans, Inc. Agoura Hills, CA Oct 01, 2011 $110,302 -
$120,000
Consultant II-Database Analyst/Admin Countrywide Home Loans, Inc. Agoura Hills, CA Mar 01, 2011 $110,302 -
$120,500
Consulting Database Administrator HCA Management Services LP Franklin, TN Sep 12, 2014 $110,000 -
$125,000
Consulting. Database Administrator HCA Management Services LP Nashville, TN Sep 12, 2016 $110,000 -
$130,000
VP; Consultant-Database Admin Bank of America N.A. Jacksonville, FL Dec 15, 2014 $110,000 -
$130,000
Principal Consultant/Apps DBA Kbace Technologies, Inc. Maynard, MA Aug 06, 2012 $110,000
Principal Consultant/Apps DBA Kbace Technologies, Inc. Nashua, NH Jun 04, 2012 $110,000
Advisor, Database Administration Caremark, LLC Cumberland, RI Oct 19, 2015 $98,842 -
$137,100
Database Administration Advisor Secureworks Inc. Atlanta, GA Mar 16, 2015 $98,000
Database Administration Advisor Dell USA L.P. Round Rock, TX Feb 29, 2016 $97,000
SQL Database Administration Advisor Caremark, LLC Woonsocket, RI Jul 06, 2015 $96,304 -
$137,100
Consultant-Database Admin/Analyst Bank of America N.A. Addison, TX Sep 01, 2012 $95,077 -
$110,000
VP; Consultant I-Database Admin/Analyst Bank of America N.A. Newark, DE Aug 15, 2013 $95,000 -
$115,000
Consultant II-Database Analyst/Admin Bank of America N.A. Newark, DE Apr 29, 2010 $95,000 -
$115,000
VP; Consultant II-Database Admin/Anly Bank of America N.A. Jacksonville, FL May 15, 2011 $95,000 -
$115,000
Consultant II-Database Analyst/Administrator Bank of America N.A. Simi Valley, CA Sep 20, 2010 $86,840 -
$100,000
Database Administration Advisor Secureworks, Inc. Atlanta, GA Jun 01, 2015 $85,500
Consultant II-Database Anlt/Admin Bank of America N.A. Jacksonville, FL May 17, 2010 $85,000 -
$105,000
Principal DBA Consultant Gana Technologies, Inc. Marlborough, MA Aug 28, 2015 $85,000
Consultant-Database Analyst/Admin Bank of America N.A. Jacksonville, FL Jul 19, 2010 $85,000 -
$105,000
Consultant I-DB Admin/Anly Bank of America N.A. Jacksonville, FL Nov 10, 2011 $85,000 -
$105,000
Consultant-Database Administrator Doyensys, Inc. Plano, TX Apr 18, 2016 $85,000
Principal Consultant/Advanced Architecture-DBA Kbace Technologies, Inc. Nashua, NH May 09, 2016 $85,000

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Top Skills for A Consultant Database Administrator

  1. Database
  2. Pl/Sql
  3. Procedures
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  • Tested, prepared and implemented production database releases every other weekend with associated go/no-go and rollback processes.
  • Developed SQL coding (SQL Server T-SQL and Oracle PL/SQL) including PL/SQL and Unix Shell Scripting.
  • Assist in developing, documenting, implementing and sustaining standard operation procedures.
  • Coordinated with off-shore DBA resources for timely successful implementation.
  • Designed and implemented Business Continuity solutions for SQL Server Database and Self-service Business Intelligence environments.

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