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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:
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.
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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Hispanic or Latino9.6%
Black or African American1.0%
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University of Phoenix22.6%
University of Maryland - University College6.2%
University of Houston5.0%
George Mason University4.8%
Michigan State University4.3%
University of Maryland - College Park4.1%
University of Arizona3.8%
Florida State University3.7%
American InterContinental University3.7%
Georgia State University3.7%
Texas A&M University3.5%
Pennsylvania State University3.5%
New York University3.3%
Rochester Institute of Technology3.3%
University of Texas at Austin3.3%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Database Administrators||Intellipoint Consulting Inc.||Ashburn, VA||Jun 16, 2017||$126,000|
|Database Administrator-IT||Oracle America, Inc.||Ashburn, VA||Apr 11, 2016||$117,894 -
|Database Administrator||Asta CRS, Inc.||Ashburn, VA||Mar 24, 2017||$114,296|
|Database Administrators||Pioneer Corporate Services Inc.||Ashburn, VA||Aug 21, 2013||$110,349|
|Database Administrators||Pioneer Corporate Services Inc.||Ashburn, VA||Mar 05, 2014||$110,349|
|Database Administrators||Pioneer Corporate Services Inc.||Ashburn, VA||Feb 28, 2014||$110,349|
|Database Administrators||Pioneer Corporate Services Inc.||Ashburn, VA||Nov 15, 2013||$110,349|
|Database Administrator||Sstech LLC||Ashburn, VA||Apr 24, 2017||$99,140|
|Database Administrator||Sstech LLC||Ashburn, VA||May 30, 2017||$99,140|
|Database Administrators||Pioneer Corporate Services Inc.||Ashburn, VA||Jun 28, 2011||$98,550|
|Database Administrators||Pioneer Corporate Services Inc.||Ashburn, VA||Jul 20, 2011||$98,550|
|Database Administrators||Pioneer Corporate Services Inc.||Ashburn, VA||Sep 28, 2011||$98,550|
|Database Administrator||Stratedge, Inc.||Ashburn, VA||Jan 12, 2018||$95,000|
|Database Administrator||Zirlen Technologies Inc.||Ashburn, VA||Oct 10, 2016||$93,915 -
|Software Engineer/Dba||Maruthi Technologies, LLC||Ashburn, VA||Sep 29, 2012||$90,012|
|Database Administrator||Seven Hills Software Technologies Inc.||Ashburn, VA||Mar 18, 2013||$90,000 -
|Database Administrator||Swartek Corporation||Ashburn, VA||Sep 19, 2018||$87,000|
|Database Administrator||Arthur Grand Technologies Inc.||Ashburn, VA||Jan 09, 2016||$80,000|
|Database Administrator||Arthur Grand Technologies Inc.||Ashburn, VA||Sep 01, 2015||$80,000|
|Database Administrator||Seven Hills Software Technologies Inc.||Ashburn, VA||Apr 01, 2013||$80,000 -
|Database Administrator||Orion Systems Integrators, Inc.||Ashburn, VA||Nov 15, 2014||$79,500|
|Database Administrator||Infogen Software Inc.||Ashburn, VA||Sep 15, 2014||$79,000|
|Database Administrator||Concert Tech Corporation||Ashburn, VA||Sep 01, 2015||$77,376|
|Database Administrator||Total Cleaners, Inc.||Ashburn, VA||Nov 17, 2015||$77,376|
|Database Administrator||GVA Infotech Inc.||Ashburn, VA||May 08, 2017||$70,000|
|Orace DBA||GVA Infotech Inc.||Ashburn, VA||Sep 18, 2017||$70,000|
|Database Administrators||Populus Group, LLC||Ashburn, VA||Aug 22, 2008||$69,915|
|Database Administrators||K G Systems Corp.||Ashburn, VA||Dec 09, 2010||$68,453|
|Database Administrator||Smart Works, LLC||Ashburn, VA||Aug 10, 2015||$67,100|
|Database Administrator||Infogen Software Inc.||Ashburn, VA||Jan 09, 2014||$66,000|
|Database Administrator||GVA Infotech Inc.||Ashburn, VA||Oct 09, 2016||$66,000|
|Database Administrator||Infogen Software Inc.||Ashburn, VA||Sep 01, 2014||$66,000|
|Database Administrator||Anira Solutions Inc.||Ashburn, VA||Oct 09, 2016||$66,000|
|Database Administrator||Tekivy Inc.||Ashburn, VA||Sep 17, 2015||$65,000|
|Database Administrator||Tekivy Inc.||Ashburn, VA||Sep 17, 2015||$64,000|
|Database Administrator||Tekivy Inc.||Ashburn, VA||Sep 17, 2015||$63,000|
|Database Administrator||Dynamic Infosys, Inc.||Ashburn, VA||Oct 01, 2011||$62,276|
|Database Administrator||Dynamic Infosys, Inc.||Ashburn, VA||Oct 01, 2011||$62,067|
|Database Administrator||Viewsoft Inc.||Ashburn, VA||May 09, 2017||$61,526|
|Database Administrator||Zillion Technologies Inc.||Ashburn, VA||Aug 31, 2016||$61,000|
|Database Administrator||Business Pointers Incorporated||Ashburn, VA||Sep 19, 2016||$61,000|
|Database Administrator||Vastika, Inc.||Ashburn, VA||Oct 30, 2014||$60,091|
|Database Administrator||North Dome Solutions||Ashburn, VA||Sep 02, 2015||$60,000|
|Database Administrator||Infogen Software Inc.||Ashburn, VA||Oct 09, 2015||$60,000|
|Database Administrator||Vastika, Inc.||Ashburn, VA||Oct 01, 2012||$60,000|
|Database Administrator||Infogen Software Inc.||Ashburn, VA||Sep 10, 2015||$60,000|
|Database Administrator||Vyshnavi Infotech Inc.||Ashburn, VA||Aug 08, 2011||$60,000|
|Database Administrator||Eateam, Inc.||Ashburn, VA||May 15, 2012||$60,000|
|Database Administrator||Tekivy Inc.||Ashburn, VA||Sep 17, 2015||$60,000|
|Database Administrator||Techamerica Inc.||Ashburn, VA||Sep 19, 2015||$60,000|
|Database Administrator||Techamerica Inc.||Ashburn, VA||Oct 01, 2015||$60,000|
|Database Administrator||Kforce Inc.||Ashburn, VA||Aug 23, 2010||$53,636 -
|Database Administrator||JPS Holdings, Inc.||Ashburn, VA||Dec 20, 2009||$43,181|
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