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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.
|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||Mar 14, 2016||$150,000|
|Database Analyst||ITG Inc.||New York, NY||Jun 13, 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|
|Database Analyst||Populus Group||San Antonio, TX||Aug 04, 2015||$130,438|
|Database Analyst III||Sprint Corporation||Reston, VA||Mar 02, 2015||$130,001|
|Database Analyst III||Sprint Corporation||Reston, VA||Jul 06, 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|
|Database Analyst||First TEK, Inc.||Piscataway, NJ||Jun 22, 2016||$123,490|
|Database Analyst Programmer (Software Engineer)||Emdeon||Lombard, IL||Jan 12, 2015||$88,254 -
|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 -
|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 -
|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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