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Working As A Database Analyst/Developer

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

  • Repetitive

  • $84,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Database Analyst/Developer 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 Analyst/Developer

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 Analyst/Developer Career Paths

Database Analyst/Developer
Datastage Developer Senior Software Engineer Project Manager
Service Delivery Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Datastage Developer Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Datastage Developer Senior Software Engineer Information Technology Manager
Information Systems Director
8 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Project Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Project Manager Senior Manager
Director Of Analytics
12 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Project Leader Manager Applications Development
Application Development Director
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Database Administrator Principal Consultant Information Technology Project Manager
Technical Delivery Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Database Administrator Principal Consultant Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Database Administrator Manager Information Technology Manager
Application Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Database Programmer/Analyst Senior Programmer Analyst Senior Analyst
Analytical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Database Programmer/Analyst Senior Programmer Analyst Information Systems Manager
Director Of Information Services
9 Yearsyrs
Database Programmer/Analyst Senior Programmer Analyst Information Technology Director
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
ETL Developer Consultant Co-Founder
Chief Technology Officer & Founder
9 Yearsyrs
ETL Developer Business Intelligence Analyst Business Intelligence Manager
Director Of Intelligence
12 Yearsyrs
ETL Developer Developer Solutions Architect
Solutions Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Senior Systems Analyst Application Manager
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Finance Analyst Marketing Analyst
Customer Relationship Management Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Senior Business Analyst Implementation Manager
Integration Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Database Developer Lead Developer Software Development Manager
System Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Consultant Information Technology Consultant Information Technology Operations Manager
Manager Information Technology Applications
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Database Engineer 2.8 years
Database Analyst 2.5 years
Developer Analyst 2.5 years
Database Developer 2.1 years
Database Designer 1.9 years
Reports Developer 1.7 years
Top Careers Before Database Analyst/Developer
Consultant 4.2%
Developer 3.9%
Top Careers After Database Analyst/Developer
Data Analyst 12.5%
Consultant 3.8%

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Database Analyst/Developer Demographics

Gender

Male

62.6%

Female

25.7%

Unknown

11.8%
Ethnicity

White

52.3%

Asian

19.2%

Hispanic or Latino

13.1%

Black or African American

10.9%

Unknown

4.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

26.7%

French

13.3%

Italian

13.3%

Chinese

6.7%

German

6.7%

Marathi

6.7%

Albanian

6.7%

Hindi

6.7%

Maltese

6.7%

Korean

6.7%
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Database Analyst/Developer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

16.0%

University of Maryland - University College

7.4%

Arizona State University

6.2%

University of Houston

6.2%

University of Massachusetts - Boston

4.9%

George Washington University

4.9%

More Tech Institute

4.9%

University of Maryland - College Park

4.9%

Texas A&M University

3.7%

North Carolina State University

3.7%

Texas Tech University

3.7%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

3.7%

Georgetown University

3.7%

Strayer University

3.7%

Georgia State University

3.7%

Southern University and A & M College

3.7%

Towson University

3.7%

University of Missouri - Saint Louis

3.7%

DeSales University

3.7%

San Juan College

3.7%
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Majors

Computer Science

28.0%

Business

12.9%

Computer Information Systems

9.4%

Information Technology

8.8%

Management Information Systems

6.0%

Computer Applications

4.7%

Electrical Engineering

4.7%

Computer Engineering

4.4%

Information Systems

4.1%

Finance

2.5%

Management

1.9%

Economics

1.9%

Accounting

1.9%

Project Management

1.6%

Information Sciences

1.3%

Management Science

1.3%

Mathematics

1.3%

Engineering

1.3%

Computer Programming

1.3%

Psychology

0.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

45.5%

Masters

35.9%

Other

9.6%

Certificate

4.5%

Associate

3.0%

Diploma

0.8%

Doctorate

0.8%
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Highest Paying City
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Highest Paying State
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Avg Experience Level
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How much does a Database Analyst/Developer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Database Analyst/Developer in the United States is $84,204 per year or $40 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $62,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $113,000.

Real Database Analyst/Developer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Investment Database Developer/Analyst Grantham, Mayo, Van Otterloo & Co. LLC Boston, MA Feb 12, 2016 $120,000
Database Analyst/Developer Ace Cash Express Irving, TX Sep 13, 2016 $115,794
Database Developer/Analyst, Senior Quest Diagnostics Incorporated West Norriton, PA Sep 25, 2015 $111,426 -
$122,500
Investment Database Developer/Analyst Grantham, Mayo, Van Otterloo and Company, LLC Boston, MA Aug 03, 2015 $98,613 -
$120,000
Database Analyst//Developer Globalcase Technologies, Inc. Atlanta, GA Nov 19, 2015 $97,000
Database Developer/Analyst, Senior Quest Diagnostics Incorporated West Norriton, PA Jun 11, 2015 $95,867 -
$122,500
Database Developer-Analyst Massachusetts E-Health Collaborative, Inc. Waltham, MA Jun 11, 2012 $92,500
Database Marketing Analyst/Sql Developer National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh, Pa. New York, NY Oct 31, 2016 $91,000
Database Analyst/Developer Technocraft Solutions, LLC Wellesley, MA May 05, 2015 $88,800
Database Analyst/Administrator-ETL Developer Banco Popular North America Rosemont, IL Oct 01, 2013 $87,550
Database Analyst/Developer Sterling 5, Inc. Delray Beach, FL Feb 26, 2016 $85,000
Database Developer/Analyst Morningstar, Inc. (A Morningstar Company) Chicago, IL Apr 08, 2013 $85,000
Database Analyst/Developer Sterling 5, Inc. Delray Beach, FL Apr 03, 2016 $85,000
Database Analyst and Developer III CCH Incorporated Kennesaw, GA Dec 01, 2012 $83,000 -
$133,300
Analyst 3, Database Analysis & Development Constellation Energy Group Baltimore, MD Apr 09, 2011 $82,000 -
$104,250
Analyst, Database Design and Development Cardinal Health, Inc. Houston, TX Jan 25, 2010 $80,770
Database Analyst/Developer Gallop Solutions, Inc. Coppell, TX Jun 03, 2013 $80,000 -
$95,000
Database Analyst/Developer Verinon Technology Solutions Ltd. Houston, TX Sep 24, 2014 $80,000
Analyst, Database Design and Development Cardinal Health, Inc. Houston, TX Feb 01, 2010 $80,000
Database Analyst/Reports Developer Cinergy Technology, Inc. Edison, NJ Sep 14, 2013 $74,000
Database Analyst/Developer Ace Cash Express Irving, TX Sep 13, 2015 $72,530
SQL Server Database Analyst/Developer Metasense, Inc. Berlin, NJ Jan 09, 2016 $70,221
Database Analyst/Developer Globalcase Technologies, Inc. Atlanta, GA Nov 20, 2012 $69,000
Database Developer Analyst II Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. Reading, MA May 23, 2012 $68,598 -
$83,720
Database Design Analyst/Developer Delight Consulting Services, LLC Detroit, MI Sep 22, 2014 $68,286
Database Analyst/Developer Gallop Solutions, Inc. Coppell, TX Jan 28, 2013 $65,000 -
$90,000
Research Analyst/Database Analyst/Developer Vayusoft Solutions Inc. Columbia, MD Sep 18, 2016 $65,000

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Top Skills for A Database Analyst/Developer

  1. Pl/Sql
  2. Database
  3. Procedures
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  • Created PL/SQL packages, procedures and triggers to populate the data and calculate the values required for the report.
  • Managed development projects to assess Oracle database platform to ensure that met company requirements.
  • Designed and implemented Stored Procedures for automating tasks.
  • Developed and maintained application interfaces, SQL components and custom functionality and enhancement.
  • Coded and maintained SQL Server stored procedures receiving and providing data to flagship web application product.

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