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Working As A Database Analyst

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

  • Repetitive

  • $74,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Database Analyst 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

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 Career Paths

Database Analyst
Database Administrator Consultant Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Database Administrator Consultant Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Database Administrator Consultant Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Manager Information Technology Manager
Information Systems Director
8 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Project Leader Manager Applications Development
Application Development Director
11 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Technical Delivery Manager
11 Yearsyrs
SQL Database Administrator Senior Software Engineer Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
SQL Database Administrator Developer Systems Analyst
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
SQL Database Administrator Developer Senior Programmer Analyst
Application Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Oracle Database Administrator Senior Technician Specialist Senior Business Analyst
Analytical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Oracle Database Administrator Senior Technician Specialist Senior System Administrator
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Oracle Database Administrator Senior Programmer Analyst Information Systems Manager
Director Of Information Services
9 Yearsyrs
Developer Functional Consultant Customer Relationship Management Consultant
Customer Relationship Management Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Applications Developer Senior Programmer Analyst Application Manager
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
Business & Data Analyst Business Intelligence Analyst Business Intelligence Manager
Director Of Intelligence
12 Yearsyrs
Operations Analyst Finance Analyst Marketing Analyst
Database Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Database Manager Data Manager Clinical Data Manager
Data Management Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Technical Project Manager Implementation Manager
Integration Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Operations Analyst Programmer Analyst Senior Programmer Analyst Lead
System Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Applications Developer Information Technology Consultant 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
Database Developer 2.1 years
Database Analyst 2.0 years
Database Designer 1.9 years
Top Careers Before Database Analyst
Data Analyst 11.8%
Internship 5.6%
Consultant 4.9%
Programmer 4.8%
Analyst 4.6%
Top Careers After Database Analyst
Data Analyst 12.8%
Consultant 6.6%
Analyst 4.2%
Manager 2.9%
Developer 2.7%

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Average Yearly Salary
$74,000
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$56,000
Min 10%
$74,000
Median 50%
$74,000
Median 50%
$74,000
Median 50%
$74,000
Median 50%
$74,000
Median 50%
$74,000
Median 50%
$74,000
Median 50%
$99,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Microsoft
Highest Paying City
Redmond, WA
Highest Paying State
Hawaii
Avg Experience Level
2.5 years
How much does a Database Analyst make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Database Analyst in the United States is $74,849 per year or $36 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $56,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $99,000.

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Real Database Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Database Analyst Populus Group LLC Nov 10, 2016 $191,461
Database Analyst Populus Group Jan 26, 2015 $156,525
Database Analyst ITG Inc. Mar 14, 2016 $150,000
Database Analyst ITG Inc. Jun 13, 2016 $150,000
Oracle Database Analyst III Horizon Technology Partners, Inc. Jul 28, 2016 $149,760
Lead Database Analyst Applied Predictive Technologies Aug 26, 2016 $136,000
Databse Analyst Populus Group LLC Oct 06, 2015 $133,568
Database Analyst Populus Group Aug 04, 2015 $130,438
Database Analyst III Sprint Corporation Mar 02, 2015 $130,001
Database Analyst III Sprint Corporation Jul 06, 2015 $130,001
Database Analyst V-Soft Consulting Group, Inc. Jun 06, 2016 $130,000
Database Analyst Populus Group LLC Oct 06, 2015 $127,307
Lead Database Analyst Applied Predictive Technologies Jan 01, 2015 $126,000
Lead Database Analyst Applied Predictive Technologies Aug 26, 2016 $126,000
Application Database Analyst I PLS Financial Services, Inc. Sep 19, 2016 $88,546 -
$105,000
Database Analyst M. Arthur Gensler, Jr. & Associates, Inc. Nov 19, 2016 $88,000
Database Analyst Tavant Technologies Inc. Oct 20, 2016 $87,318
Database Analyst II The University of Southern California Jul 01, 2015 $87,009
Database Analyst Rayonsoft Technologies Inc. Sep 24, 2016 $87,000
Oracle Database Analyst Silicon Staff It Services Inc. Oct 17, 2016 $86,840
Database Analyst Fiserv Global Services, Inc. Apr 18, 2016 $86,445 -
$104,477
Database Analyst Astir It Solutions Inc. May 24, 2016 $86,100
Database Analyst Reva Consulting Inc. Apr 25, 2016 $69,514
Database Analyst Reva Consulting Inc. Jan 09, 2016 $69,514
Database Analyst II FIS Management Services LLC Apr 17, 2015 $69,326 -
$91,700
Database Analyst Telesight, Inc. Oct 24, 2015 $69,279
Database Analyst HCL Global Systems Inc. Sep 25, 2016 $69,184
Database Analyst Reva Consulting Inc. Aug 01, 2015 $69,000

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Top Skills for A Database Analyst

  1. Database
  2. Pl/Sql
  3. Data Warehouse
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Investigated and recommended efficient, user-friendly database interface designs for all users by utilizing acquired experience and knowledge of database systems.
  • Developed procedure and functions using PL/SQL and Developed critical reports.
  • Provided requirements analysis, data modeling, database design, and metadata management/reporting for ODS and data warehouse development projects.
  • Involved in user meetings to gather requirements, analyzed and documented business requirements and data specifications.
  • Migrated legacy VAX hierarchical data to the Oracle Relational Database environment using SQL*Loader.

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  4. North Carolina
  5. Washington
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  9. Hawaii
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Database Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

57.7%

Female

36.5%

Unknown

5.8%
Ethnicity

White

54.5%

Asian

16.7%

Hispanic or Latino

13.1%

Black or African American

11.3%

Unknown

4.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

36.8%

Mandarin

8.8%

French

7.2%

Japanese

7.2%

German

5.6%

Italian

4.8%

Russian

4.0%

Arabic

4.0%

Hindi

3.2%

Cantonese

3.2%

Chinese

3.2%

Polish

2.4%

Korean

1.6%

Norwegian

1.6%

Portuguese

1.6%

Urdu

1.6%

Swedish

0.8%

Swahili

0.8%

Vietnamese

0.8%

Gujarati

0.8%
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Database Analyst Education

Schools

George Mason University

9.4%

DePaul University

7.6%

University of Texas at Arlington

6.5%

New York University

5.9%

George Washington University

5.3%

University of Maryland - University College

5.3%

Pennsylvania State University

4.7%

University of Texas at Dallas

4.7%

Florida State University

4.7%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

4.7%

Northern Illinois University

4.7%

Northeastern University

4.7%

University of California - Berkeley

4.1%

University of Maryland - College Park

4.1%

Arizona State University

4.1%

Texas A&M University

4.1%

University of Iowa

4.1%

Kaplan University

4.1%

California State University - Fullerton

3.5%

Auburn University

3.5%
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Majors

Business

18.9%

Computer Science

18.1%

Management Information Systems

10.7%

Computer Systems Security

6.6%

Information Technology

6.3%

Computer Information Systems

4.3%

Finance

3.7%

Computer Engineering

3.4%

Accounting

3.3%

Management

3.3%

Computer Applications

3.1%

Marketing

2.9%

Electrical Engineering

2.4%

Computer Programming

2.1%

Psychology

2.0%

Mathematics

2.0%

Political Science

1.8%

Management Science

1.7%

General Studies

1.6%

Criminal Justice

1.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

49.9%

Masters

27.7%

Associate

9.7%

Certificate

5.8%

High School Diploma

3.2%

Doctorate

2.0%

Diploma

1.6%

License

0.1%
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