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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 Latino7.7%
Black or African American1.6%
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New York University9.6%
University of California - Berkeley7.2%
University of Maryland - College Park7.2%
Johns Hopkins University6.0%
University of Texas at Arlington4.8%
University of Colorado at Boulder4.8%
Old Dominion University4.8%
Florida State University4.8%
George Mason University4.8%
University of Houston3.6%
University of Washington3.6%
California State Polytechnic University - Pomona3.6%
State University of New York Albany3.6%
University of Central Florida3.6%
University of Massachusetts - Lowell3.6%
California State University - Fullerton3.6%
Union College (New York)3.6%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Consultant Database Management||HSBC Bank USA, N.A.||Arlington Heights, IL||Oct 15, 2016||$125,676|
|Marketing Database Consultant 2||Anjaneyap, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Jul 27, 2015||$123,196 -
|Database Consultant||Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc.||Jersey City, NJ||Sep 30, 2013||$121,783 -
|Consultant Database Management||HSBC Bank USA, N.A.||Elmhurst, IL||Jan 30, 2014||$120,000|
|Consultant Database Management||HSBC Bank USA, N.A.||Arlington Heights, IL||Jan 10, 2016||$120,000|
|Consultant Database Management||HSBC Bank USA, N.A.||Elmhurst, IL||Feb 05, 2014||$120,000|
|Consultant Database Management||HSBC Bank USA, N.A.||Mettawa, IL||Jan 13, 2014||$120,000|
|Consultant Database Management||HSBC Bank USA, N.A.||Mettawa, IL||Feb 17, 2014||$120,000|
|Database Consultant||Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc.||Jersey City, NJ||Feb 24, 2012||$118,006|
|Database Consultant||Protegrity USA, Inc.||Stamford, CT||Jul 14, 2014||$115,000|
|Consultant Database Management||HSBC Bank USA, N.A.||Mettawa, IL||Mar 12, 2014||$112,895|
|Consultant Database Management||HSBC Bank USA, N.A.||Jersey City, NJ||Oct 06, 2010||$110,398|
|Consultant II-Database Anlt/ADM||Bank of America N.A.||Agoura Hills, CA||Aug 30, 2010||$110,302 -
|Consultant Database Management||HSBC Bank USA, N.A.||Elmhurst, IL||Jan 22, 2016||$110,000|
|Database Consultant||Lorsiv Technologies, Inc.||New York, NY||Jul 14, 2015||$83,480|
|Database Consultant||Adecco Group Na/Modis, Inc.||Minnetonka, MN||Aug 04, 2014||$83,480 -
|Database Consultant||Transunion LLC||Chicago, IL||Jan 11, 2013||$82,722 -
|Database Consultant||Health Care Service Corporation||Richardson, TX||Sep 04, 2013||$81,016 -
|Marketing Database Consultant||Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., A Subsidiary of Wells FARG||Charlotte, NC||Oct 20, 2010||$80,001|
|Database Consultant||VAYU Inc.||Irving, TX||Feb 14, 2011||$80,000|
|Consultant, Database||Northgatearinso, Inc.||Jacksonville, FL||Aug 25, 2010||$78,894 -
|Database Consultant||Lorsiv Technologies, Inc.||Holmdel, NJ||Oct 09, 2014||$69,000|
|Database Consultant||Lorsiv Technologies, Inc.||Riverwoods, IL||Feb 06, 2015||$69,000|
|Database Consultant||Loganbritton, Inc.||Lincolnshire, IL||Sep 14, 2013||$68,765 -
|Database Consultant||Loganbritton, Inc.||Lincolnshire, IL||Sep 11, 2013||$68,765 -
|Consultant, Database||Northgatearinso, Inc.||Jacksonville, FL||Jun 01, 2011||$67,954 -
|SAP DB2 Database Consultant||IBM India Private Limited||Moline, IL||Jun 28, 2016||$67,350 -
|Database Consultant||Kaizen Technologies, Nc.||Warren, NJ||Aug 14, 2015||$67,059 -
|Database Consultant||Kaizen Technologies Inc.||Minneapolis, MN||Feb 16, 2015||$66,560 -
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