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Working As A Database Administrator DB2

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

  • Repetitive

  • $83,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Database Administrator DB2 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 DB2

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 DB2 Career Paths

Database Administrator DB2
Senior Database Administrator
Lead Database Administrator
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Database Administrator Principal Consultant Project Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Database Administrator Principal Consultant Senior Project Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Database Administrator
9 Yearsyrs
Consultant Database Administrator Office Manager Project Manager
Service Delivery Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Consultant Database Administrator Office Manager Vice President
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
Consultant Database Administrator Office Manager Controller
Information Technology Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Oracle Database Administrator Consultant Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Oracle Database Administrator Consultant Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Oracle Database Administrator Consultant Senior Systems Analyst
Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
SQL Database Administrator Senior Software Engineer Information Technology Manager
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
14 Yearsyrs
SQL Database Administrator Developer Database Administrator
Senior Oracle Database Administrator
7 Yearsyrs
SQL Database Administrator Developer Systems Analyst
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Lead Database Administrator Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Lead Database Administrator Manager Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Programmer Analyst Senior Systems Engineer Senior System Administrator
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Lead Database Administrator
Database Administration Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Programmer Analyst Senior Developer Analyst Senior Database Developer
Senior Database Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Technology Architect Database Architect
Senior Database Architect
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Programmer Analyst Senior Analyst Senior Data Analyst-
Data Administrator
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Database Architect 3.0 years
Database Engineer 2.8 years
Top Careers Before Database Administrator DB2
Consultant 6.0%
Developer 4.6%
Programmer 3.1%
Top Careers After Database Administrator DB2
Consultant 4.9%

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Average Yearly Salary
$83,000
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$64,000
Min 10%
$83,000
Median 50%
$83,000
Median 50%
$83,000
Median 50%
$83,000
Median 50%
$83,000
Median 50%
$83,000
Median 50%
$83,000
Median 50%
$107,000
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Highest Paying City
Mahwah, NJ
Highest Paying State
New Jersey
Avg Experience Level
4.6 years
How much does a Database Administrator DB2 make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Database Administrator DB2 in the United States is $83,191 per year or $40 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $64,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $107,000.

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Real Database Administrator DB2 Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
DB2 Database Administrator The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America Apr 10, 2013 $127,917
DB2 Database Administrator Engagepoint, Inc. May 05, 2016 $120,750
DB2 Database Administrator Engagepoint, Inc. Jan 10, 2016 $120,750
DB2 DBA A3Logics, Inc. Dec 08, 2014 $120,000
DB2 DBA Populus Group LLC May 12, 2016 $118,959
DB2 DBA Populus Group LLC May 12, 2016 $118,959
DB2 Database Administrator KSIT Consulting, Inc. Feb 24, 2016 $117,000
DB2 Database Administrator Engagepoint, Inc. Aug 18, 2015 $115,000
Mainframe DB2 & IMS DBA Brillio, LLC Oct 14, 2015 $112,362
DB2 Administrator III TBC Corporation May 08, 2012 $105,000
DB2 Database Administrator Code Ace Solutions Inc. Sep 18, 2016 $98,089
DB2 Database Administrator Code Ace Solutions Inc. Jul 09, 2016 $98,089
DB2 Database Administrator U.S. Bank National Association Sep 26, 2016 $98,000
DB2 Database Administrator Accelerated Innovators, Inc. Jan 07, 2015 $98,000
DB2 Database Administrator Tata Consultancy Services Limited Jun 09, 2015 $83,000
DB2 Database Administrator IBM India Private Limited Jan 10, 2016 $81,735 -
$89,197
DB2 Database Administrator IBM India Private Limited Jul 13, 2015 $80,790
DB2 Database Admin Ample It Services LLC Jul 05, 2016 $80,000
DB2 Database Administrator IBM India Private Limited May 01, 2014 $79,737 -
$86,807
DB2 Database Administrator IBM India Private Limited Mar 30, 2014 $79,737 -
$86,807
SAP DB2 Database Administrator IBM India Private Limited Aug 26, 2013 $78,915
DB2 Database Administrator IBM India Private Limited Jul 03, 2013 $78,915
DB2 Database Administrator Limited Technology Services, Inc. Jan 09, 2012 $72,000 -
$107,800
DB2 Database Administrator Limited Technology Services, Inc. Jan 09, 2012 $72,000 -
$107,800
IBM DB2 DBA Fusion Plus Solutions, Inc. Jul 08, 2015 $72,000
IBM DB2 DBA Fusion Plus Solutions, Inc. Jul 16, 2015 $72,000
Database Administrator Db2/Ims/Oracle IBM India Private Limited Aug 12, 2015 $68,806
DB2 DBA IBM India Private Limited Aug 19, 2015 $68,016
DB2 Database Administrator IBM India Private Limited Aug 12, 2015 $67,350
DB2 DBA Secure-24, LLC May 19, 2014 $65,874 -
$100,000

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Top Skills for A Database Administrator DB2

  1. DB2
  2. Database
  3. Reorg
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Suggested application changes along with DB2 object creation and/or changes that reduced the overall application execution time significantly.
  • Participated in design review meetings, involved in logical design and in converting logical model into a physical database model.
  • Established procedures for backup, recovery and reorganization.
  • Involved in the creation of a data warehouse on the AIX platform with DB2 Parallel Edition containing drug prescription benefit information.
  • Worked on installation of different versions of DB2 UDB on LINUX 4.1 & 3.1.

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  3. Rhode Island
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  5. Virginia
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Database Administrator DB2 Demographics

Gender

Male

76.7%

Female

17.7%

Unknown

5.6%
Ethnicity

White

49.1%

Asian

23.5%

Hispanic or Latino

12.6%

Black or African American

10.5%

Unknown

4.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Portuguese

12.5%

Vietnamese

12.5%

German

12.5%

Spanish

12.5%

Japanese

12.5%

French

12.5%

Serer

12.5%

Dutch

12.5%
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Database Administrator DB2 Education

Schools

More Tech Institute

13.3%

Western Kentucky University

6.7%

Illinois State University

6.7%

Georgia Perimeter College

6.7%

Troy University

6.7%

Bryn Mawr College

6.7%

Colorado State University

6.7%

Northwestern Polytechnic University

6.7%

Central Washington University

3.3%

Columbus State Community College

3.3%

Syracuse University

3.3%

Eastern Michigan University

3.3%

University of Northern Iowa

3.3%

University of Northern Colorado

3.3%

University of Toledo

3.3%

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

3.3%

Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Erie-Behrend College

3.3%

Lakewood College

3.3%

Columbus State University

3.3%

Frostburg State University

3.3%
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Majors

Computer Science

31.5%

Business

9.3%

Electrical Engineering

8.3%

Information Technology

7.4%

Management Information Systems

5.6%

Computer Applications

4.6%

Computer Systems Security

3.7%

Data Processing

2.8%

Computer Information Systems

2.8%

Mathematics

2.8%

Mechanical Engineering

2.8%

Engineering

2.8%

Computer Programming

2.8%

Systems Engineering

1.9%

Linguistics

1.9%

Management

1.9%

Information Sciences

1.9%

Project Management

1.9%

Supply Chain Management

1.9%

Education

1.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

57.0%

Masters

29.9%

Associate

8.4%

Certificate

4.7%
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