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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

  • $69,253

    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
Senior Analyst Senior Systems Analyst Application Manager
Application Services Manager
11 Yearsyrs
SQL Database Administrator Data Architect Data Manager
Data Management Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Information Technology Consultant Data Analyst
Data Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Analyst Research Manager Marketing Analyst
Database Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Analyst Program Manager Operations Director
Director Global Operations
14 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Senior Business Analyst Business Systems Senior Analyst
Director Of Business Systems
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Database Administrator Principal Consultant Enterprise Architect
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Systems Manager Information Systems Manager
Director Of Information Services
9 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Business Consultant Business Intelligence Manager
Director Of Intelligence
12 Yearsyrs
Analyst Systems Analyst
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Operations Manager Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Database Administrator Project Leader Information Technology Consultant
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Consultant/Project Manager Implementation Manager
Integration Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Site Manager Technical Recruiter
Resource Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Consultant/Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Service Delivery Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Unix Systems Administrator Technical Support Engineer
Technical Account Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Director
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Senior Finance Analyst Assistant Vice President
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Lead Administrator 3.3 years
Administrator 3.2 years
MIS Administrator 3.1 years
Data Administrator 3.0 years
Site Administrator 2.7 years
Data Specialist 2.5 years
Database Analyst 2.4 years
Data Modeler 2.3 years
Data Analyst 2.2 years
Data Assistant 2.0 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 4.8%
Programmer 4.0%
Internship 3.9%
Teller 3.5%
Cashier 3.2%
Manager 2.9%
Top Employers After
Consultant 6.1%
Manager 3.2%
Analyst 3.0%
Owner 2.9%

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Data Administrator Demographics

Gender

Female

54.7%

Male

42.8%

Unknown

2.4%
Ethnicity

White

58.5%

Hispanic or Latino

15.1%

Asian

11.2%

Black or African American

11.0%

Unknown

4.2%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

50.5%

French

9.1%

German

7.1%

Carrier

4.0%

Hindi

3.0%

Italian

3.0%

Japanese

3.0%

Vietnamese

2.0%

Gujarati

2.0%

Mandarin

2.0%

Russian

2.0%

Croatian

2.0%

Filipino

2.0%

Cantonese

2.0%

Korean

1.0%

Bulgarian

1.0%

Bosnian

1.0%

Tamil

1.0%

Greek

1.0%

Tagalog

1.0%
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Data Administrator Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

20.2%

Strayer University

7.9%

Northeastern University

6.7%

Villanova University

6.2%

University of Maryland - College Park

5.1%

Temple University

4.5%

Michigan State University

3.9%

Virginia Commonwealth University

3.9%

University of Iowa

3.9%

George Mason University

3.9%

College of DuPage

3.9%

Western Washington University

3.4%

George Washington University

3.4%

University of Maryland - University College

3.4%

Pennsylvania State University

3.4%

DePaul University

3.4%

Northern Illinois University

3.4%

Western Governors University

3.4%

Kaplan University

3.4%

University of Central Arkansas

2.8%
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Majors

Business

29.4%

Computer Science

13.9%

Accounting

6.0%

Computer Information Systems

5.7%

Psychology

4.7%

Health Care Administration

4.5%

Information Technology

4.2%

Management

3.2%

Criminal Justice

3.2%

Information Systems

3.2%

Management Information Systems

2.7%

Communication

2.7%

Electrical Engineering

2.5%

Marketing

2.5%

Finance

2.3%

Human Resources Management

2.3%

English

1.9%

Political Science

1.8%

Mathematics

1.8%

General Studies

1.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

40.7%

Other

22.8%

Masters

16.6%

Associate

11.4%

Certificate

5.8%

Diploma

1.5%

Doctorate

1.1%

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

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  1. Database
  2. Procedures
  3. Data Entry
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  • Performed database management and compile all reports related to well site management.
  • Developed company Standards and Procedures and placed them within the Repository as well as corporate metadata.
  • Performed data entry and analyzed key information related to real estate properties.
  • Loaded all source data into ORACLE tables then wrote PL/SQL programs to clean the data and migrate it.
  • Conducted back-end data extraction, porting and integration between various medical applications and company-owned proprietary Data Base Management System.

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