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Working As A Database Administrator/Architect

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

  • Repetitive

  • $90,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Database Administrator/Architect 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 Database Administrator/Architect

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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Database Administrator/Architect Career Paths

Database Administrator/Architect
Senior Database Administrator Principal Consultant Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Database Administrator Principal Consultant Information Technology Director
Director, Technical Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Database Administrator Principal Consultant Senior Project Manager
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Lead Database Administrator Project Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Lead Database Administrator Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Information Systems Director
8 Yearsyrs
Lead Database Administrator Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Technical Delivery Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Project Leader Manager Applications Development
Application Development Director
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Manager Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Senior Technician Specialist Senior System Administrator
Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Consultant Information Technology Consultant
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Consultant Senior Programmer Analyst
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Consultant Information Technology Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Oracle Database Administrator Database Administration Manager Information Technology Manager
Manager Information Technology Applications
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Oracle Database Administrator Lead Technician Technical Director
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Database Architect Solutions Architect Senior Information Technology Manager
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Senior Manager Director Of Analytics
Director Of Intelligence
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Technical Project Manager Implementation Manager
Integration Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Database Administration Manager Database Manager Data Manager
Data Management Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Database Architect Solutions Architect Software Development Manager
System Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Programmer Analyst Senior Data Analyst- Senior Database Analyst
Database Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Database Architect 3.0 years
Database Engineer 2.8 years
Top Careers Before Database Administrator/Architect
Architect 5.9%
Consultant 3.7%
Top Careers After Database Administrator/Architect
Architect 6.7%
Consultant 4.7%
Manager 2.4%

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Average Yearly Salary
$90,000
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$64,000
Min 10%
$90,000
Median 50%
$90,000
Median 50%
$90,000
Median 50%
$90,000
Median 50%
$90,000
Median 50%
$90,000
Median 50%
$90,000
Median 50%
$127,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Walmart
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
Hawaii
Avg Experience Level
3.0 years
How much does a Database Administrator/Architect make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Database Administrator/Architect in the United States is $90,365 per year or $43 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $64,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $127,000.

Real Database Administrator/Architect Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Mgr, Database Admin & Architect Netgear, Inc. San Jose, CA Aug 06, 2013 $153,831
Engineering Architect-Content Administration Wal-Mart Associates, Inc. Brisbane, CA Oct 01, 2010 $145,000
Senior Peoplesoft Database Administrator/Architect Blue Shield of California San Francisco, CA Oct 01, 2010 $131,123 -
$149,600
Sccm Architect and Administrator FCA Us LLC Auburn Hills, MI Dec 30, 2015 $130,200
Sccm Architect and Administrator Chrysler Group LLC Auburn Hills, MI Oct 07, 2013 $130,200
Sccm Architect and Administrator FCA Us LLC Auburn Hills, MI Jul 10, 2016 $130,200
Database Administator Architect GE Healthcare IITS USA Corp. Satellite Beach, FL Sep 09, 2015 $130,000 -
$140,000
Database Administator Architect GE Healthcare IITS USA Corp. Burlington, VT Sep 09, 2015 $130,000 -
$140,000
Database Admin Architect Capital Interchange Corporation Merritt Island, FL Jan 12, 2015 $125,220
SQL/Mysql Database Administrator/Database Architect Openlane, Inc. Mesa, AZ Apr 13, 2015 $125,000
SQL/Mysql Database Administrator/Architect Carsarrive Network, Inc. Mesa, AZ Aug 03, 2015 $125,000
SQL/Mysql Database Administrator/Architect Openlane, Inc. Mesa, AZ Apr 22, 2015 $125,000
Senior Applicatoin DBA & Architect Sera Consulting Inc. Brea, CA Apr 14, 2010 $120,786
Database Administrator/Architect VMIX Media, Inc. San Diego, CA May 14, 2012 $110,000 -
$120,000
DBA Architect GE Healthcare IITS USA Corp. Burlington, VT Sep 10, 2012 $110,000 -
$120,000
Database Administrator/Eai Architect, Senior Pinnacle West Capital Corporation Phoenix, AZ Aug 10, 2010 $103,008
Database Administrator/Eai Architect, Senior Pinnacle West Capital Corporation Phoenix, AZ Nov 02, 2009 $100,000
Manager, SAP BO Admin/Architect Zoetis, Inc. Florham Park, NJ Apr 18, 2016 $97,700 -
$134,000
Advisor, Dba/Data Architect (Novologix) Caremark, L.L.C. Bloomington, MN Dec 09, 2016 $96,900
DBA Architect Infowave Systems, Inc. New York, NY May 31, 2013 $95,000
SQL Server Dba/Architect Kronsys, Inc. Durham, NC Sep 15, 2012 $68,994
Database Admin/Architect Precision Technologies Corp. Monmouth Junction, NJ Jul 20, 2016 $67,059
Database Administrator and Solutions Architect Radiant Global, Inc. Durham, NC Mar 02, 2010 $66,784
DBA and Data Architect Keystone Logic Inc. Johns Creek, GA Oct 01, 2012 $65,520
DBA and Data Architect Keystone Logic Inc. Duluth, GA Oct 01, 2012 $65,520
SQL Server Dba/Architect Kronsys, Inc. Raleigh, NC May 02, 2015 $64,000
SQL Server Dba/Architect Kronsys, Inc. Downey, CA Mar 18, 2016 $64,000

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Top Skills for A Database Administrator/Architect

  1. Database
  2. Pl/Sql
  3. SQL
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Maintained the integrity of data by designing and implementing the data dictionary for the mission critical production and development databases.
  • Designed security packages in PL/SQL for automatic grants for each application security requirement.
  • Developed and implemented policies and procedures to ensure global security and integrity of all SQL databases.
  • Handled day-to-day application DBA activities in a development environment.
  • Provided input into key database architecture decisions such as naming conventions, design methodologies and governance within Canoe.

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  5. North Carolina
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Database Administrator/Architect Demographics

Gender

Male

73.2%

Female

14.4%

Unknown

12.4%
Ethnicity

White

49.4%

Asian

24.2%

Hispanic or Latino

11.6%

Black or African American

10.4%

Unknown

4.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

75.0%

Carrier

25.0%

Database Administrator/Architect Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

9.7%

University of Houston

7.5%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

7.5%

University of Texas at Dallas

6.5%

University of California - San Diego

5.4%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

5.4%

Indiana Institute of Technology

5.4%

Northeastern University

5.4%

More Tech Institute

5.4%

University of Florida

4.3%

National University

4.3%

Columbia University

4.3%

Illinois Institute of Technology

4.3%

City College of New York of the City University of New York

4.3%

George Mason University

4.3%

Central Connecticut State University

3.2%

Virginia Commonwealth University

3.2%

Georgia Southern University

3.2%

Wright State University

3.2%

New York University

3.2%
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Majors

Computer Science

29.5%

Business

10.6%

Computer Applications

8.5%

Engineering

5.8%

Electrical Engineering

5.5%

Computer Engineering

5.1%

Information Technology

4.4%

Management Information Systems

4.1%

Computer Information Systems

3.7%

Information Systems

3.5%

Mathematics

3.5%

Architecture

2.5%

Management

2.3%

Education

2.1%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.6%

Economics

1.6%

Finance

1.6%

Operations Management

1.4%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.4%

Marketing

1.4%
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Degrees

Masters

39.2%

Bachelors

39.2%

Other

15.0%

Diploma

2.5%

Associate

2.0%

Doctorate

1.3%

Certificate

0.9%
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