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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.
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Hispanic or Latino7.3%
Black or African American1.3%
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Johns Hopkins University7.3%
University of Houston7.3%
University of Phoenix7.3%
Southern Illinois University Carbondale6.1%
George Washington University6.1%
Illinois Institute of Technology6.1%
University of California - San Diego4.9%
Pennsylvania State University4.9%
San Francisco State University4.9%
University of Chicago4.9%
University of Maryland - University College3.7%
University of South Florida3.7%
New York University3.7%
Johnson County Community College3.7%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Clinical Database Architect||QSI Management LLC||Pflugerville, TX||Jan 07, 2016||$198,265|
|Database Architect||Populus Group, LLC||Raleigh, NC||Jan 10, 2015||$187,830|
|Principal Database Architect||Wal-Mart Associates, Inc.||Sunnyvale, CA||Jul 29, 2016||$184,140|
|Database Architect||Ntelicor LP||Fort Worth, TX||Aug 15, 2016||$171,134|
|Principal Database Architect||Concur Technologies, Inc.||Bellevue, WA||Aug 27, 2015||$170,000 -
|Database Architect||Perficient, Inc.||Minneapolis, MN||Feb 05, 2016||$165,000 -
|Database Architect||Consumerinfo.Com||Costa Mesa, CA||Jan 02, 2015||$159,181|
|Database Architect||EBIX Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Apr 27, 2016||$150,000|
|Database Architect||Populus Group||New Albany, OH||Sep 15, 2015||$144,003|
|Database Architect||Weill Medical College of Cornell University||New York, NY||Jun 23, 2016||$140,000|
|Database Architect||VIMO, Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Jan 10, 2016||$139,125|
|EHR Database Architect||QSI Management LLC||Austin, TX||Apr 29, 2016||$138,000|
|Database Architect Staff||Lockheed Martin Operations Support, Inc.||Baltimore, MD||Oct 06, 2016||$136,635 -
|Database Architect||Uship, Inc.||Austin, TX||Apr 04, 2016||$136,000|
|Database Architect||Ziontech Solutions, Inc.||Herndon, VA||Apr 03, 2015||$89,856|
|Database Architect||CGI Technologies and Solutions Inc.||Phoenix, AZ||Nov 16, 2016||$89,000 -
|Database Architect||USA Pools||Roswell, GA||Sep 01, 2015||$88,941|
|Database Architect||CSID||Austin, TX||Jul 05, 2016||$88,500 -
|Enterprise Database Architect||TBC Corporation||Juno Beach, FL||Aug 25, 2015||$87,755 -
|Database Architects-III||HCL America, Inc.||Cary, NC||Jan 08, 2016||$86,590 -
|Database Architect||ITC Infotech USA Inc.||Paramus, NJ||Feb 05, 2015||$86,500|
|Database Architect||ITC Infotech USA Inc.||Paramus, NJ||Apr 29, 2015||$86,500|
|Database Architect||Maxima Consulting, Inc.||Quincy, MA||Jan 18, 2016||$74,500|
|Database Architect||IBM India Private Limited||West Chester, PA||May 13, 2015||$73,262|
|Database Architect||IBM India Private Limited||Houston, TX||May 30, 2016||$73,033 -
|Database Architect||Veloziti Inc.||Durham, NC||Mar 09, 2016||$73,000|
|Database Architect||Veloziti Inc.||Durham, NC||Sep 01, 2015||$73,000|
|Database Architect||Rite Pros Inc.||Portland, ME||Apr 28, 2016||$72,000|
|Database Architect||Meten Us LLC||Great Neck, NY||Sep 13, 2015||$72,000|
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