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Working As A Database Administrator

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

  • Repetitive

  • $82,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Database 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 Database 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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Database Administrator Career Paths

Database Administrator
Consultant Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Consultant Information Technology Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Consultant Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Administrator Analyst Systems Analyst
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Programmer Analyst Manager Applications Development
Application Development Director
11 Yearsyrs
Manager Information Technology Manager
Information Systems Director
8 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Technical Delivery Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Consultant Senior Programmer Analyst
Application Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Administrator Business Analyst Information Technology Consultant
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
General Manager Senior Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Programmer Analyst Senior Systems Engineer Senior System Administrator
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Consultant Senior Systems Analyst Information Systems Manager
Director Of Information Services
9 Yearsyrs
Technical Consultant Senior Systems Analyst Application Manager
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
ETL Developer Business Intelligence Analyst Business Intelligence Manager
Director Of Intelligence
12 Yearsyrs
Administrator Finance Analyst Marketing Analyst
Database Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Database Manager Data Manager Clinical Data Manager
Data Management Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Business Systems Senior Analyst Business Systems Manager
Director Of Business Systems
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Software Development Manager
System Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Analyst Senior System Administrator Information Technology Operations Manager
Manager Information Technology Applications
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Database Architect 3.0 years
Database Engineer 2.8 years
Top Careers Before Database Administrator
Consultant 5.9%
Programmer 4.8%
Manager 4.2%
Developer 3.4%
Owner 3.2%
Top Careers After Database Administrator
Consultant 6.1%
Manager 3.7%
Owner 3.3%
Cashier 2.3%

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Database Administrator Demographics

Gender

Male

55.4%

Female

34.7%

Unknown

9.9%
Ethnicity

White

57.1%

Hispanic or Latino

14.7%

Asian

12.4%

Black or African American

10.9%

Unknown

4.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

52.4%

French

8.5%

Chinese

4.2%

Russian

3.5%

Japanese

3.5%

Arabic

3.5%

German

3.3%

Portuguese

2.9%

Mandarin

2.6%

Hindi

2.2%

Cantonese

1.9%

Italian

1.9%

Korean

1.7%

Carrier

1.7%

Urdu

1.7%

Vietnamese

1.0%

Bengali

1.0%

Polish

1.0%

Dakota

0.7%

Tagalog

0.7%
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Database Administrator Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

24.3%

Strayer University

7.7%

University of Maryland - University College

6.3%

University of Houston

4.8%

George Mason University

4.6%

Arizona State University

4.4%

Texas A&M University

4.2%

Georgia State University

4.1%

Pennsylvania State University

4.0%

Northeastern University

3.5%

Florida State University

3.5%

DePaul University

3.4%

Kaplan University

3.4%

Michigan State University

3.3%

Ohio State University

3.3%

New York University

3.2%

University of Texas at Austin

3.1%

More Tech Institute

3.1%

National University

2.9%

Oklahoma State University

2.9%
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Majors

Business

25.4%

Computer Science

17.2%

Accounting

6.8%

Computer Information Systems

6.7%

Information Technology

5.4%

Management

3.7%

Electrical Engineering

3.5%

Finance

3.1%

Computer Applications

3.1%

Information Systems

3.0%

Computer Engineering

2.9%

Management Information Systems

2.8%

Marketing

2.4%

Psychology

2.3%

Education

2.3%

Communication

2.2%

Health Care Administration

1.8%

Criminal Justice

1.8%

Engineering

1.8%

General Studies

1.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

41.4%

Masters

21.1%

Other

20.5%

Associate

9.7%

Certificate

4.0%

Diploma

1.7%

Doctorate

1.4%

License

0.3%
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Average Yearly Salary
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$60,000
Min 10%
$82,000
Median 50%
$82,000
Median 50%
$82,000
Median 50%
$82,000
Median 50%
$82,000
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$82,000
Median 50%
$82,000
Median 50%
$113,000
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Best Paying Company
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Highest Paying City
Seattle, WA
Highest Paying State
Hawaii
Avg Experience Level
4.0 years
How much does a Database Administrator make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Database Administrator in the United States is $82,776 per year or $40 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $60,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $113,000.

Real Database Administrator Salaries

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 -
$139,133
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 Nov 15, 2013 $110,349
Database Administrators Pioneer Corporate Services Inc. Ashburn, VA Feb 28, 2014 $110,349
Database Administrators Pioneer Corporate Services Inc. Ashburn, VA Mar 05, 2014 $110,349
Database Administrator Sstech LLC Ashburn, VA May 30, 2017 $99,140
Database Administrator Sstech LLC Ashburn, VA Apr 24, 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 -
$96,002
Database Administrator Seven Hills Software Technologies Inc. Ashburn, VA Mar 18, 2013 $90,000 -
$110,000
Database Administrator Swartek Corporation Ashburn, VA Sep 19, 2018 $87,000
Database Administrator Wipro Limited Ashburn, VA Oct 04, 2018 $86,590
Database Administrator Wipro Limited Ashburn, VA Oct 03, 2018 $86,590
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 -
$100,000
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 Total Cleaners, Inc. Ashburn, VA Nov 17, 2015 $77,376
Database Administrator Concert Tech Corporation Ashburn, VA Sep 01, 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 GVA Infotech Inc. Ashburn, VA Oct 09, 2016 $66,000
Database Administrator Anira Solutions Inc. Ashburn, VA Oct 09, 2016 $66,000
Database Administrator Infogen Software Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 01, 2014 $66,000
Database Administrator Infogen Software Inc. Ashburn, VA Jan 09, 2014 $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 Infogen Software Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 10, 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 North Dome Solutions Ashburn, VA Sep 02, 2015 $60,000
Database Administrator Tekivy Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 17, 2015 $60,000
Database Administrator Infogen Software Inc. Ashburn, VA Oct 09, 2015 $60,000
Database Administrator Vyshnavi Infotech Inc. Ashburn, VA Aug 08, 2011 $60,000
Database Administrator Vastika, Inc. Ashburn, VA Oct 01, 2012 $60,000
Database Administrator Eateam, Inc. Ashburn, VA May 15, 2012 $60,000
Database Administrator Kforce Inc. Ashburn, VA Aug 23, 2010 $53,636 -
$50
Database Administrator JPS Holdings, Inc. Ashburn, VA Dec 20, 2009 $43,181

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Top Skills for A Database Administrator

  1. Pl/Sql
  2. Backup
  3. Database
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  • Involved in Scenario design and development project - evaluated using Data modeling Wrote PL/SQL program (Procedure/Function/Package) for the application.
  • Used RMAM to perform backup and recovery operations participating in consistent and inconsistent backups.
  • Handled database management activities, maintained activity reports and communicated with state inspectors on a daily basis.
  • Documented operational procedures; presented SQL seminars to end-users.
  • Developed backup and recovery procedures, batch processing, performance monitoring, log maintenance and automating functions wherever possible.

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