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Working As A Database Architect

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

  • Repetitive

  • $87,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Database Architect 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 Architect

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 Architect Career Paths

Database Architect
Senior Database Administrator Principal Consultant Senior Project Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Database Administrator Principal Consultant Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Database Administrator Principal Consultant Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Data Warehouse Architect Solutions Architect Senior Project Manager
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Data Warehouse Architect Solutions Architect Information Technology Project Manager
Technical Delivery Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Data Warehouse Architect Solutions Architect Information Technology Manager
Information Systems Director
8 Yearsyrs
Lead Database Administrator Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Management
10 Yearsyrs
Lead Database Administrator Project Manager Co-Founder
Chief Technology Officer & Founder
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Oracle Database Administrator Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Lead Database Administrator Manager Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Oracle Database Administrator Database Administration Manager Information Technology Manager
Application Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Oracle Database Administrator Lead Technician Technical Director
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Data Architect Lead Data Architect Data Manager
Data Management Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Database Manager Senior Manager Director Of Analytics
Director Of Intelligence
12 Yearsyrs
Database Manager Development Manager Manager Applications Development
Application Development Director
11 Yearsyrs
Database Manager Development Manager Software Development Manager
System Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Systems Architect Senior Systems Architect Senior System Administrator
Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Systems Architect Senior Technical Consultant Senior System Administrator
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Systems Architect Network Manager Information Technology Operations Manager
Manager Information Technology Applications
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Developer Analyst Senior Data Analyst- Senior Database Analyst
Database Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Database Architect 3.0 years
Database Engineer 2.8 years
Lead Architect 2.5 years
Database Designer 1.9 years
Top Careers Before Database Architect
Consultant 6.9%
Top Careers After Database Architect
Consultant 5.3%

Do you work as a Database Architect?

Average Yearly Salary
$87,000
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$61,000
Min 10%
$87,000
Median 50%
$87,000
Median 50%
$87,000
Median 50%
$87,000
Median 50%
$87,000
Median 50%
$87,000
Median 50%
$87,000
Median 50%
$124,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Walmart
Highest Paying City
Sacramento, CA
Highest Paying State
Hawaii
Avg Experience Level
3.0 years
How much does a Database Architect make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Database Architect in the United States is $87,716 per year or $42 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $61,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $124,000.

Real Database Architect Salaries

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 -
$180,000
Database Architect Perficient, Inc. Minneapolis, MN Feb 05, 2016 $165,000 -
$175,000
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 -
$139,200
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 -
$180,000
Database Architect USA Pools Roswell, GA Sep 01, 2015 $88,941
Database Architect CSID Austin, TX Jul 05, 2016 $88,500 -
$98,500
Enterprise Database Architect TBC Corporation Juno Beach, FL Aug 25, 2015 $87,755 -
$110,000
Database Architects-III HCL America, Inc. Cary, NC Jan 08, 2016 $86,590 -
$107,000
Database Architect ITC Infotech USA Inc. Paramus, NJ Apr 29, 2015 $86,500
Database Architect ITC Infotech USA Inc. Paramus, NJ Feb 05, 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 -
$74,825
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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Top Skills for A Database Architect

  1. Database
  2. Pl/Sql
  3. Data Warehouse
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Represented technology group to other company departments and presented overall database direction to potential outside investors.
  • Mentored junior Database administrators (administration and backup/recovery) and PL/SQL developers (new database object techniques enhancing performance).
  • Develop initial PL/SQL code to satisfy reporting requirements from data warehouse and upstream repositories.
  • Consolidated SQL Servers instances, reducing server count by 50% and saving over $200k in licensing in one year.
  • Developed MDM architecture/processes providing actionable, integrated data; improved productivity through strict management of data.

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Top 10 Best States for Database Architects

  1. Illinois
  2. Virginia
  3. North Carolina
  4. Maryland
  5. Texas
  6. Georgia
  7. Massachusetts
  8. Utah
  9. Rhode Island
  10. Connecticut
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Database Architect Demographics

Gender

Male

74.3%

Female

16.5%

Unknown

9.2%
Ethnicity

White

50.7%

Asian

22.1%

Hispanic or Latino

11.9%

Black or African American

10.0%

Unknown

5.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

20.0%

German

15.0%

French

15.0%

Mandarin

10.0%

Dutch

5.0%

Chinese

5.0%

Turkish

5.0%

Japanese

5.0%

Carrier

5.0%

Cantonese

5.0%

Russian

5.0%

Arabic

5.0%
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Database Architect Education

Schools

University of Houston

8.2%

University of Phoenix

8.2%

Pennsylvania State University

6.4%

More Tech Institute

6.4%

University of Maryland - University College

5.5%

University of California - San Diego

5.5%

Harvard University

5.5%

Johns Hopkins University

5.5%

Florida Institute of Technology-Melbourne

4.5%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

4.5%

Villanova University

4.5%

University of Chicago

4.5%

Illinois Institute of Technology

4.5%

George Washington University

4.5%

Syracuse University

3.6%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.6%

Wright State University

3.6%

National University

3.6%

Drexel University

3.6%

Stanford University

3.6%
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Majors

Computer Science

30.4%

Business

9.6%

Computer Information Systems

7.8%

Computer Applications

6.8%

Computer Engineering

6.1%

Information Technology

5.8%

Electrical Engineering

5.0%

Management Information Systems

4.8%

Engineering

3.5%

Information Systems

3.1%

Finance

3.0%

Mathematics

2.5%

Management

2.0%

Accounting

1.8%

Mechanical Engineering

1.5%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.3%

Economics

1.3%

Project Management

1.3%

Physics

1.3%

Chemistry

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

44.6%

Masters

34.7%

Other

10.7%

Diploma

2.9%

Certificate

2.6%

Associate

2.5%

Doctorate

2.0%
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