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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

  • $84,000

    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
Office Manager Operations Manager Project Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Project Manager Information Technology Director
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
Office Manager
Accounts Payable Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Database Administrator Principal Consultant Vice President
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Database Administrator Principal Consultant Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Database Administrator Principal Consultant Senior Project Manager
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Manager
Director Of Analytics
12 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager Director Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Management
10 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager Owner Information Technology Director
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager Warehouse Manager Material Manager
Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Manager Information Technology Manager Information Systems Director
Director Of Information Services
9 Yearsyrs
Manager Information Technology Manager Information Technology Operations Manager
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Manager Business Development Manager Consultant/Project Manager
Implementation Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Project Leader Senior Business Analyst
Analytical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Technical Team Lead Senior System Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Platoon Sergeant Senior Intelligence Analyst
Director Of Intelligence
12 Yearsyrs
Project Analyst Senior Analyst Senior Data Analyst-
Data Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Project Analyst Senior Business Analyst Implementation Manager
Integration Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Manager Applications Development Data Manager
Data Management Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Analyst Marketing Manager Marketing Manager/Project Manager
Customer Relationship Management Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Administrator 3.4 years
Lead Administrator 3.3 years
Data Manager 3.1 years
Database Manager 3.0 years
Data Administrator 3.0 years
Data Specialist 2.6 years
Database Designer 1.9 years
Top Careers Before Data Administrator
Cashier 6.5%
Internship 4.2%
Consultant 3.4%
Programmer 3.0%
Secretary 2.6%
Top Careers After Data Administrator
Consultant 4.9%
Cashier 4.6%
Manager 3.5%
Analyst 2.9%

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Average Yearly Salary
$84,000
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$57,000
Min 10%
$84,000
Median 50%
$84,000
Median 50%
$84,000
Median 50%
$84,000
Median 50%
$84,000
Median 50%
$84,000
Median 50%
$84,000
Median 50%
$123,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
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Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
Hawaii
Avg Experience Level
3.0 years
How much does a Data Administrator make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Data Administrator in the United States is $84,343 per year or $41 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $57,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $123,000.

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 Nov 01, 2016 $134,638 -
$138,000
Senior Data Warehouse Administrator Western Union LLC San Francisco, CA Jun 25, 2015 $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
Senior Data Administrator AIG PC Global Services, Inc. New York, NY Jul 16, 2015 $120,000
Big Data Administrator Intersys Consulting, Inc. Austin, TX Oct 20, 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
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 Base Administrator KPC Healthcare, Inc. Santa Ana, CA Jul 01, 2015 $90,000
Senior Data Base Administrator UST Global Inc. Malvern, PA May 24, 2016 $90,000
Big Data Platform Administrator RUHA Technologies, Inc. Southborough, MA Oct 09, 2016 $90,000
Data Administrator Idatalytics, LLC Overland Park, KS Jul 15, 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

  1. Database
  2. Data Entry
  3. Pl/Sql
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Performed database management and compile all reports related to well site management.
  • Performed data entry of alpha and numerical information from computer images including image retrieval and editing.
  • Loaded all source data into ORACLE tables then wrote PL/SQL programs to clean the data and migrate it.
  • Design and implementation of Database Backup and Restoration techniques.
  • Facilitated evolution of DA group from logical to logical/physical data base design.

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Top 10 Best States for Data Administrators

  1. Texas
  2. North Carolina
  3. Washington
  4. Rhode Island
  5. Connecticut
  6. Utah
  7. Illinois
  8. Georgia
  9. Colorado
  10. New Hampshire
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Data Administrator Resume Examples And Tips

The average resume reviewer spends between 5 to 7 seconds looking at a single resume, which leaves the average job applier with roughly six seconds to make a killer first impression. Thanks to this, a single typo or error on your resume can disqualify you right out of the gate. At Zippia, we went through over 3,840 Data Administrator resumes and compiled some information about how best to optimize them. Here are some suggestions based on what we found, divided by the individual sections of the resume itself.

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Data Administrator Demographics

Gender

Female

51.4%

Male

37.0%

Unknown

11.5%
Ethnicity

White

58.2%

Hispanic or Latino

16.0%

Black or African American

11.2%

Asian

10.4%

Unknown

4.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

53.2%

French

8.1%

German

4.8%

Japanese

4.8%

Carrier

4.0%

Italian

3.2%

Hindi

2.4%

Mandarin

2.4%

Vietnamese

1.6%

Gujarati

1.6%

Korean

1.6%

Russian

1.6%

Croatian

1.6%

Filipino

1.6%

Cantonese

1.6%

Portuguese

1.6%

Chinese

1.6%

Bulgarian

0.8%

Bosnian

0.8%

Tigrinya

0.8%
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Data Administrator Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

24.0%

Strayer University

7.0%

University of Maryland - College Park

5.3%

University of Houston

4.7%

Villanova University

4.7%

University of Maryland - University College

4.3%

Kaplan University

4.3%

Northeastern University

4.3%

George Mason University

4.0%

George Washington University

3.7%

Temple University

3.7%

College of DuPage

3.7%

Arizona State University

3.3%

Virginia Commonwealth University

3.3%

Community College of the Air Force

3.3%

Pennsylvania State University

3.3%

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

3.3%

University of Pittsburgh -

3.3%

Northern Virginia Community College

3.3%

Michigan State University

3.0%
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Majors

Business

30.3%

Computer Science

13.0%

Accounting

6.1%

Computer Information Systems

5.6%

Psychology

4.4%

Health Care Administration

4.4%

Information Technology

3.9%

Communication

3.3%

Information Systems

3.2%

Management

3.1%

Finance

3.1%

Criminal Justice

3.0%

General Studies

2.5%

Electrical Engineering

2.4%

Marketing

2.3%

Management Information Systems

2.0%

English

2.0%

Education

1.9%

Political Science

1.9%

Human Resources Management

1.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

39.5%

Other

22.3%

Masters

16.5%

Associate

13.0%

Certificate

5.5%

Diploma

1.8%

Doctorate

1.1%

License

0.3%
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