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Working As A Data Administrator

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

  • Repetitive

  • $53,394

    Average Salary

What Does A Data 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 Data 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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Data Administrator Career Paths

Data Administrator
Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager Director Of Information
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Business Analyst/Project Manager Business Systems Manager
Director Of Business Systems
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Database Administrator Data Architect Enterprise Architect
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Database Administrator Principal Consultant Senior Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Senior Manager Director Of Information
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Director Of Information
Director, Applications
13 Yearsyrs
Analyst Systems Analyst
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Analyst Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Technician Technical Support Specialist
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Business Analyst Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Coordinator Business Analyst Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Product Manager Sales Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Project Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Analyst Senior Consultant Director Of Information
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Consultant Senior Consultant
Senior Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Project Coordinator Project Engineer
Senior Software Engineer
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Analyst Senior Manager Director Of Information
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Program Manager Technical Director
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
MIS Administrator 3.2 years
Administrator 3.2 years
Lead Administrator 3.1 years
Data Administrator 3.0 years
Data Manager 3.0 years
Data Operator 2.9 years
Database Manager 2.9 years
Site Administrator 2.7 years
Data Architect 2.6 years
Data Specialist 2.5 years
Database Analyst 2.5 years
Analyst 2.4 years
Data Analyst 2.3 years
Data Modeler 2.2 years
Data Assistant 1.9 years
Data Consultant 1.7 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 4.8%
Programmer 4.0%
Internship 4.0%
Cashier 3.2%
Manager 3.1%
Top Employers After
Consultant 5.7%
Owner 2.8%
Manager 2.7%

Data Administrator Demographics

Gender

Female

54.3%

Male

43.2%

Unknown

2.6%
Ethnicity

White

75.7%

Asian

10.6%

Hispanic or Latino

10.4%

Unknown

2.5%

Black or African American

0.8%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

45.7%

French

10.5%

German

7.6%

Carrier

3.8%

Italian

3.8%

Hindi

2.9%

Mandarin

2.9%

Japanese

2.9%

Vietnamese

1.9%

Gujarati

1.9%

Croatian

1.9%

Filipino

1.9%

Tagalog

1.9%

Portuguese

1.9%

Chinese

1.9%

Cantonese

1.9%

Arabic

1.9%

Korean

1.0%

Bosnian

1.0%

Russian

1.0%
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Data Administrator Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

17.3%

Strayer University

7.1%

Villanova University

6.5%

Northeastern University

6.5%

University of Iowa

4.8%

Michigan State University

4.2%

University of Maryland - College Park

4.2%

Virginia Commonwealth University

4.2%

Temple University

4.2%

George Mason University

4.2%

College of DuPage

4.2%

Western Governors University

4.2%

Western Washington University

3.6%

Kean University

3.6%

University of Maryland - University College

3.6%

American InterContinental University

3.6%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

3.6%

Northern Illinois University

3.6%

Florida State University

3.6%

Webster University

3.6%
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Majors

Business

28.9%

Computer Science

13.4%

Accounting

5.9%

Computer Information Systems

5.3%

Health Care Administration

4.8%

Psychology

4.7%

Information Technology

4.4%

Information Systems

3.3%

Management

3.2%

Criminal Justice

2.9%

Management Information Systems

2.8%

Communication

2.7%

Finance

2.5%

Marketing

2.5%

Electrical Engineering

2.4%

Human Resources Management

2.3%

Mathematics

2.1%

English

2.0%

Project Management

1.9%

Political Science

1.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

40.4%

Other

22.8%

Masters

16.4%

Associate

11.5%

Certificate

5.9%

Diploma

1.6%

Doctorate

1.3%

License

0.1%
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Real Data Administrator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Data Base Administrator Software Management Consultants, Inc. El Segundo, CA Sep 30, 2016 $160,699
Data Base Administrator Software Management Consultants, Inc. El Segundo, CA Sep 30, 2015 $152,351
Senior Data Warehouse Administrator Western Union LLC San Francisco, CA Jun 25, 2015 $134,638 -
$138,000
Senior Data Warehouse Administrator Western Union LLC San Francisco, CA Nov 01, 2016 $134,638 -
$138,000
SR. Data Analytics Administrator Bank of The West San Ramon, CA Sep 21, 2016 $130,000
Data Warehouse Administrator Autodesk, Inc. San Francisco, CA Apr 24, 2016 $127,386
Big Data Administrator Intersys Consulting, Inc. Austin, TX Oct 20, 2015 $120,000
Senior Data Administrator AIG PC Global Services, Inc. New York, NY Jul 16, 2015 $120,000
Data Administrator Prosper Marketplace, Inc. San Francisco, CA Mar 11, 2015 $118,082 -
$144,000
Data Base Administrator American Tire Distributors, Inc. Huntersville, NC Feb 18, 2016 $115,573
Senior Oracle Data Base Administratror Acclaris, Inc. Tampa, FL Apr 03, 2016 $115,000
Advisory Data Warehouse Administrator Louisiana Health Service and Indemnity Co. Baton Rouge, LA Mar 21, 2016 $115,000
Data Base Administrator Lead Cashedge Inc. Sunnyvale, CA May 11, 2015 $110,515 -
$165,715
Oracle Data Integration Administrator Express, LLC Columbus, OH Jan 12, 2015 $110,000
Oracle Data Base Administrator SIRI Infosolutions Inc. Alpharetta, GA Dec 15, 2016 $91,000
Storage and Data Protection Administrator Standav Corp. Rockville, MD Apr 20, 2016 $90,917
Senior Data Base Administrator UST Global Inc. Malvern, PA May 24, 2016 $90,000
Data Administrator Idatalytics, LLC Overland Park, KS Jul 15, 2015 $90,000
Big Data Administrator Orzota, Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 20, 2016 $90,000
Data Base Administrator Integrated Healthcare Holdings, Inc. Santa Ana, CA Mar 25, 2015 $90,000
Data Power Administrator Real Soft, Inc. Monmouth Junction, NJ Nov 21, 2016 $74,000
Data Power Administrator Anjus LLC Plymouth, MN Aug 27, 2016 $73,671
Data Base Administrator Wizardtech Solutions, Inc. Glendale, WI Sep 10, 2015 $73,000
Data Base Administrator Yeskay Systems Inc. Bethesda, MD Sep 23, 2016 $73,000

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Top Skills for A Data Administrator

PhysicalDatabaseDesignProceduresDataEntryPl/SqlDataBaseBackupCustomerServiceWindowsDataWarehouseDBAWebSQLServerDB2UnixERPPayrollDataManagementTechnicalSupportDataModelsAudit

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Top Data Administrator Skills

  1. Physical Database Design
  2. Procedures
  3. Data Entry
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Created physical database design for relational databases.
  • Stored Procedures are used to gather all the data.
  • Trained multiple departments in proper data entry and database management.
  • Loaded all source data into ORACLE tables then wrote PL/SQL programs to clean the data and migrate it.
  • Retrieve data base or store information's from Jukebox mainframe Access and support information data configuring.

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