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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

  • $94,000

    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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Average Length of Employment
Database Architect 3.0 years
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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Average Yearly Salary
$94,000
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$73,000
Min 10%
$94,000
Median 50%
$94,000
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$94,000
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$94,000
Median 50%
$94,000
Median 50%
$94,000
Median 50%
$94,000
Median 50%
$121,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Secureworks
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
New Jersey
Avg Experience Level
2.5 years
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 $94,594 per year or $45 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $73,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $121,000.

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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. Sep 16, 2010 $200,000
SAP DBA Consultant BB&T Corporation Sep 04, 2015 $130,000
Consulting Database Administrator BB&T Corporation Aug 16, 2016 $127,000
Consulting Database Administrator HCA Management Services LP Mar 23, 2016 $118,000
Principal Consultant/Advanced Architecture-DBA Kbace Technologies, Inc. Aug 18, 2014 $116,600
VP; Consultant II-Database Analyst/Admin Bank of America N.A. Oct 10, 2009 $114,000 -
$134,000
Consultant II-Database Analyst/Admin Bank of America N.A. Jun 25, 2012 $113,506 -
$120,000
Consultant II-DB Anlt/Admin Countrywide Home Loans, Inc. Oct 01, 2011 $110,302 -
$120,000
Consultant II-Database Analyst/Admin Countrywide Home Loans, Inc. Mar 01, 2011 $110,302 -
$120,500
Consulting Database Administrator HCA Management Services LP Sep 12, 2014 $110,000 -
$125,000
Consulting. Database Administrator HCA Management Services LP Sep 12, 2016 $110,000 -
$130,000
VP; Consultant-Database Admin Bank of America N.A. Dec 15, 2014 $110,000 -
$130,000
Principal Consultant/Apps DBA Kbace Technologies, Inc. Aug 06, 2012 $110,000
Principal Consultant/Apps DBA Kbace Technologies, Inc. Jun 04, 2012 $110,000
Advisor, Database Administration Caremark, LLC Oct 19, 2015 $98,842 -
$137,100
Database Administration Advisor Secureworks Inc. Mar 16, 2015 $98,000
Database Administration Advisor Dell USA L.P. Feb 29, 2016 $97,000
SQL Database Administration Advisor Caremark, LLC Jul 06, 2015 $96,304 -
$137,100
Consultant-Database Admin/Analyst Bank of America N.A. Sep 01, 2012 $95,077 -
$110,000
Consultant I-DB Admin/Anly Bank of America N.A. Oct 12, 2011 $95,000 -
$115,000
Consultant II-Database Analyst/Admin Bank of America N.A. Apr 29, 2010 $95,000 -
$115,000
VP; Consultant II-Database Admin/Anly Bank of America N.A. May 15, 2011 $95,000 -
$115,000
Consultant II-Database Analyst/Administrator Bank of America N.A. Sep 20, 2010 $86,840 -
$100,000
Database Administration Advisor Secureworks, Inc. Jun 01, 2015 $85,500
Consultant II-Database Anlt/Admin Bank of America N.A. May 17, 2010 $85,000 -
$105,000
Principal DBA Consultant Gana Technologies, Inc. Aug 28, 2015 $85,000
Consultant-Database Analyst/Admin Bank of America N.A. Jul 19, 2010 $85,000 -
$105,000
Consultant I-DB Admin/Anly Bank of America N.A. Nov 10, 2011 $85,000 -
$105,000
Consultant-Database Administrator Doyensys, Inc. Apr 18, 2016 $85,000
Principal Consultant/Advanced Architecture-DBA Kbace Technologies, Inc. May 09, 2016 $85,000

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Top Skills for A Consultant Database Administrator

  1. Database
  2. Pl/Sql
  3. DBA
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Collaborated with various departmental work-groups to facilitate smooth transition to the new High Availability Database and Self-service Business Intelligence Farms.
  • Designed a unique data collection environment supported by its data dictionary and Dynamic PL/SQL collection engines.
  • United States Air Force - Information Systems Database Analyst, DBA (SAC/MAC).
  • Designed and implemented Oracle role-based security for SQL*TIME including creating forms to allow easy Oracle user management.
  • Provided businesses with superior quality customer service to enhance their visibility and reputation.

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Consultant Database Administrator Demographics

Gender

Male

49.0%

Female

45.6%

Unknown

5.4%
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

Ashford University

9.4%

University of Maryland - College Park

8.5%

University of Maryland - University College

7.5%

Pennsylvania State University

6.6%

New York University

5.7%

San Francisco State University

5.7%

Liberty University

5.7%

Strayer University

4.7%

Northeastern University

4.7%

Cardinal Stritch University

3.8%

Pace University - New York

3.8%

Northwestern University

3.8%

Arizona State University

3.8%

University of Pennsylvania

3.8%

University of California - Los Angeles

3.8%

Nova Southeastern University

3.8%

University of Connecticut

3.8%

University of Florida

3.8%

Chapman University

3.8%

University of Massachusetts Amherst

3.8%
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Majors

Business

30.2%

Computer Science

12.2%

Psychology

5.7%

Accounting

5.2%

Education

4.8%

Communication

3.9%

Finance

3.8%

Electrical Engineering

3.2%

Management

3.2%

Health Care Administration

3.2%

Computer Applications

2.9%

Management Information Systems

2.7%

English

2.7%

Information Technology

2.7%

Marketing

2.7%

Human Resources Management

2.5%

Computer Systems Security

2.3%

Nursing

2.0%

Educational Leadership

2.0%

Criminal Justice

2.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

44.0%

Masters

26.2%

Associate

10.8%

Certificate

7.6%

High School Diploma

4.4%

Doctorate

3.5%

Diploma

2.5%

License

0.9%
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