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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

  • $75,000

    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 Developer Data Analyst Program Manager
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Database Manager Data Analyst Marketing Analyst
Customer Relationship Management Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Analyst Business Analyst/Project Manager Business Systems Manager
Director Of Business Systems
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Database Administrator Principal Consultant Senior Manager
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Project Manager General Manager Human Resources Manager
Director Of Human Resources
10 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Information Technology Consultant Information Technology Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Technical Consultant Network Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Data Analyst Finance Analyst Business Analyst
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Oracle Database Administrator Senior Technician Specialist Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Database Administrator Senior Software Engineer Project Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager Director Of Information
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Systems Analyst Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Database Administrator Project Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Data Analyst Business Analyst Senior Systems Analyst
Senior Software Engineer
6 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Business Development Manager Solution Specialist
Solutions Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Database Developer Database Administrator Information Technology Manager
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Program Manager Business Developer
Vice President, Business Development
13 Yearsyrs
Oracle Database Administrator Senior Consultant Technical Director
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Programmer Analyst 4.0 years
Systems Analyst 3.4 years
Production Analyst 3.3 years
Senior Analyst 3.3 years
Data Administrator 2.9 years
Database Manager 2.9 years
Analyst Lead 2.9 years
Technical Analyst 2.8 years
Database Engineer 2.8 years
Database Architect 2.7 years
MIS Analyst 2.7 years
Developer Analyst 2.5 years
Analyst 2.4 years
Data Analyst 2.3 years
Database Developer 2.1 years
Database Analyst 2.0 years
Database Designer 1.9 years
Database Assistant 1.6 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 5.0%
Internship 4.8%
Programmer 4.8%
Analyst 4.3%
Top Employers After
Data Analyst 12.4%
Consultant 5.8%
Analyst 3.6%
Manager 3.1%
Developer 2.8%

Database Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

59.5%

Female

36.4%

Unknown

4.1%
Ethnicity

White

69.6%

Asian

18.0%

Hispanic or Latino

8.4%

Unknown

2.9%

Black or African American

1.0%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

34.7%

Mandarin

9.9%

German

7.9%

French

6.9%

Japanese

5.9%

Chinese

5.0%

Hindi

4.0%

Russian

4.0%

Cantonese

4.0%

Arabic

4.0%

Norwegian

2.0%

Italian

2.0%

Urdu

2.0%

Polish

2.0%

Swedish

1.0%

Swahili

1.0%

Vietnamese

1.0%

Gujarati

1.0%

Dutch

1.0%

Korean

1.0%
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Database Analyst Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

24.4%

George Mason University

6.7%

University of Maryland - University College

5.9%

DePaul University

5.9%

University of Texas at Dallas

4.8%

New York University

4.4%

George Washington University

4.1%

Florida State University

4.1%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.7%

University of Houston

3.7%

Villanova University

3.3%

University of Alabama at Birmingham

3.3%

Old Dominion University

3.3%

University of Iowa

3.3%

Drexel University

3.3%

Strayer University

3.3%

Northeastern University

3.3%

University of California - Berkeley

3.0%

Pennsylvania State University

3.0%

Texas A&M University

3.0%
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Majors

Business

20.9%

Computer Science

18.3%

Computer Information Systems

9.7%

Information Systems

6.4%

Information Technology

6.2%

Management Information Systems

5.9%

Finance

3.8%

Computer Engineering

3.5%

Accounting

3.1%

Mathematics

2.9%

Marketing

2.5%

Electrical Engineering

2.3%

Management

2.3%

Computer Applications

2.2%

Psychology

1.9%

Computer Programming

1.8%

Economics

1.8%

Communication

1.5%

General Studies

1.4%

Education

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

45.3%

Masters

29.3%

Other

13.1%

Associate

5.7%

Certificate

3.5%

Doctorate

1.8%

Diploma

1.2%
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Real Database Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Database Analyst Populus Group LLC Westfield Center, OH Nov 10, 2016 $191,461
Database Analyst Populus Group Malvern, PA Jan 26, 2015 $156,525
Database Analyst ITG Inc. New York, NY Jun 13, 2016 $150,000
Database Analyst ITG Inc. New York, NY Mar 14, 2016 $150,000
Oracle Database Analyst III Horizon Technology Partners, Inc. Palatine, IL Jul 28, 2016 $149,760
Lead Database Analyst Applied Predictive Technologies Arlington, VA Aug 26, 2016 $136,000
Databse Analyst Populus Group LLC Fremont, CA Oct 06, 2015 $133,568
Database Analyst Populus Group San Antonio, TX Aug 04, 2015 $130,438
Database Analyst III Sprint Corporation Reston, VA Jul 06, 2015 $130,001
Database Analyst III Sprint Corporation Reston, VA Mar 02, 2015 $130,001
Database Analyst V-Soft Consulting Group, Inc. San Jose, CA Jun 06, 2016 $130,000
Database Analyst Populus Group LLC Fremont, CA Oct 06, 2015 $127,307
Lead Database Analyst Applied Predictive Technologies San Francisco, CA Aug 26, 2016 $126,000
Lead Database Analyst Applied Predictive Technologies Arlington, VA Jan 01, 2015 $126,000
Application Database Analyst I PLS Financial Services, Inc. Oak Brook, IL Sep 19, 2016 $88,546 -
$105,000
Database Analyst M. Arthur Gensler, Jr. &Amp; Associates, Inc. Oakland, CA Nov 19, 2016 $88,000
Database Analyst Tavant Technologies Inc. Indianapolis, IN Oct 20, 2016 $87,318
Database Analyst II The University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA Jul 01, 2015 $87,009
Database Analyst Rayonsoft Technologies Inc. Edison, NJ Sep 24, 2016 $87,000
Oracle Database Analyst Silicon Staff It Services Inc. Troy, MI Oct 17, 2016 $86,840
Database Analyst Fiserv Global Services, Inc. Sugar Land, TX Apr 18, 2016 $86,445 -
$104,477
Database Analyst Astir It Solutions Inc. Highland Hills, OH May 24, 2016 $86,100
Database Analyst Reva Consulting Inc. Farmington Hills, MI Apr 25, 2016 $69,514
Database Analyst Reva Consulting Inc. Farmington Hills, MI Jan 09, 2016 $69,514
Database Analyst II FIS Management Services LLC Saint Petersburg, FL Apr 17, 2015 $69,326 -
$91,700
Database Analyst Telesight, Inc. Chicago, IL Oct 24, 2015 $69,279
Database Analyst HCL Global Systems Inc. Blue Ash, OH Sep 25, 2016 $69,184
Database Analyst Reva Consulting Inc. Bloomfield Hills, MI Aug 01, 2015 $69,000

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Top Skills for A Database Analyst

Pl/SqlDatabaseDesignProceduresMicrosoftSQLServerWebFinancialWindowsCustomerServiceBackupDataAnalysisComplexQueriesAccessDatabaseETLDataWarehouseUnixSsisVBADBASsrsT-Sql

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Top Database Analyst Skills

  1. Pl/Sql
  2. Database Design
  3. Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Created and maintained Oracle PL/SQL stored procedures, triggers and shell scripts to manage and monitor day to day database operations.
  • Attend database build meetings with end users to determine database design and requirements, as well as future updates.
  • Create new documentation for processes and procedures.
  • Produced daily database monitoring reports using Microsoft SQL Server reporting services and disseminate to management to report progress.
  • Tested business strategies and measured marketing campaigns for newly formed web presence of large established retailer.

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