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Working As A Database Consultant

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

  • Repetitive

  • $94,408

    Average Salary

What Does A Database Consultant 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 Consultant

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 Consultant Career Paths

Database Consultant
Oracle Database Administrator Senior Technician Specialist Senior Software Engineer
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Database Architect Data Architect Enterprise Architect
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Oracle Database Administrator Project Manager Senior Manager
Director Of Human Resources
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Database Administrator Principal Consultant Senior Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Database Manager Business Analyst Information Technology Manager
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Database Manager Data Analyst Network Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Data Analyst Finance Analyst Business Analyst
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Database Architect Database Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Database Engineer Senior Software Engineer Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Product Manager Senior Product Manager
Product Management Director
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Database Administrator Data Architect Solutions Architect
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Database Administrator Oracle Database Administrator
Senior Database Administrator
9 Yearsyrs
Oracle Database Administrator Senior Consultant Director Of Information
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Oracle Database Administrator Senior Database Administrator 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
Senior Consultant Senior Manager Director Of Information
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Program Manager Business Developer
Vice President, Business Development
13 Yearsyrs
Database Engineer Database Administrator Director Of Information
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Database Manager 2.9 years
Database Engineer 2.8 years
Database Architect 2.7 years
Database Analyst 2.5 years
Consultant 2.4 years
Database Developer 2.1 years
Database Designer 1.9 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 9.1%
Programmer 3.2%
Internship 3.0%
Top Employers After
Consultant 9.5%
Developer 2.7%

Database Consultant Demographics

Gender

Male

69.7%

Female

25.9%

Unknown

4.4%
Ethnicity

White

68.1%

Asian

19.1%

Hispanic or Latino

7.7%

Unknown

3.5%

Black or African American

1.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

21.9%

German

15.6%

French

12.5%

Mandarin

9.4%

Portuguese

6.3%

Chinese

6.3%

Swahili

3.1%

Filipino

3.1%

Cantonese

3.1%

Japanese

3.1%

Gujarati

3.1%

Hindi

3.1%

Arabic

3.1%

Cheyenne

3.1%

Russian

3.1%
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Database Consultant Education

Schools

New York University

9.6%

Temple University

7.2%

University of California - Berkeley

7.2%

University of Maryland - College Park

7.2%

Johns Hopkins University

6.0%

Northeastern University

6.0%

University of Texas at Arlington

4.8%

University of Colorado at Boulder

4.8%

Old Dominion University

4.8%

Florida State University

4.8%

George Mason University

4.8%

University of Houston

3.6%

Regis University

3.6%

University of Washington

3.6%

California State Polytechnic University - Pomona

3.6%

State University of New York Albany

3.6%

University of Central Florida

3.6%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

3.6%

California State University - Fullerton

3.6%

Union College (New York)

3.6%
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Majors

Computer Science

29.3%

Business

14.1%

Computer Information Systems

9.5%

Information Technology

5.1%

Electrical Engineering

4.1%

Mathematics

3.9%

Information Systems

3.7%

Finance

3.4%

Accounting

3.4%

Management Information Systems

3.2%

Economics

2.7%

Computer Engineering

2.7%

Computer Applications

2.7%

Statistics

2.4%

Communication

2.2%

Education

2.0%

Project Management

1.5%

Marketing

1.5%

Physics

1.5%

Management Science

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

41.2%

Masters

32.9%

Other

13.9%

Associate

5.4%

Certificate

3.0%

Doctorate

2.1%

Diploma

1.6%
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Real Database Consultant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Database Administration Consultant Dell USA L.P. Round Rock, TX Jun 15, 2015 $134,589
Database Administration Consultant Dell USA LP Round Rock, TX Feb 09, 2015 $131,950
Database Administration Consultant Dell USA LP Round Rock, TX Jun 15, 2012 $130,000
Consultant Database Management HSBC Bank USA, N.A. Arlington Heights, IL Oct 15, 2016 $125,676
Database Administration Consultant Dell Marketing, LP Quincy, MA Dec 17, 2012 $125,000
Database Administration Consultant Dell USA L.P. Round Rock, TX Dec 10, 2015 $124,159
Marketing Database Consultant 2 Anjaneyap, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jul 27, 2015 $123,196 -
$146,090
Database Administration Consultant Secureworks, Inc. Atlanta, GA May 09, 2016 $123,000
Database Administration Consultant Dell USA L.P. Round Rock, TX Sep 05, 2014 $122,000
Database Consultant Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc. Jersey City, NJ Sep 30, 2013 $121,783 -
$137,000
Consultant Database Management HSBC Bank USA, N.A. Mettawa, IL Jan 13, 2014 $120,000
Consultant Database Management HSBC Bank USA, N.A. Arlington Heights, IL Jan 10, 2016 $120,000
Database Administration Consultant/Expert CDI Corporation Dearborn, MI Jan 21, 2015 $100,093
Database Consultant Intellectyx Inc. Denver, CO Aug 09, 2016 $96,637
SQL Database Consultant Scalability Experts Coppell, TX Sep 11, 2014 $95,000
Marketing Database Consultant Ascent Services Group Walnut Creek, CA Sep 13, 2014 $93,915
Consultant, Database Northgatearinso, Inc. Jacksonville, FL Oct 22, 2015 $90,230 -
$101,020
Consultant-Database Marketing Cellco Partnership Ridgefield, NJ Aug 20, 2012 $89,939 -
$98,000
Consultant, Database Design and Development Cardinal Health Dublin, OH Jun 09, 2015 $87,048
Oracle Database Consultant Izeal, Inc. Burlington, MA Apr 12, 2015 $85,000
Database Consultant United Healthcare Services, Inc. Eden Prairie, MN Jan 13, 2014 $69,118 -
$83,100
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 -
$108,765
Database Consultant Loganbritton, Inc. Lincolnshire, IL Sep 11, 2013 $68,765 -
$88,765
Consultant, Database Design & Development Cardinal Health, Inc. Dublin, OH May 21, 2012 $68,000 -
$104,400

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Top Skills for A Database Consultant

Pl/SqlDatabaseDesignProceduresMicrosoftSQLServerLogicalBackupsDBAETLWebDataWarehouseUnixAccessDatabaseFinancialLinuxStorageDatabaseDevelopmentDatabaseSystemsSsisSetupDatabaseAdministrationRAC

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Top Database Consultant Skills

  1. Pl/Sql
  2. Database Design
  3. Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Developed extensive PL/SQL scripts, which include packages, procedures and functions to validate the results and to generate various reports.
  • Performed data normalization, and database design functions.
  • Designed Stored procedures to provide common Database Interfacing.
  • Designed and assisted with implementation of daily backup routines and monitoring routines on corporate portal hosted on Microsoft SQL Server instances.
  • Assisted in house DBA staff with design and implementation of new Oracle 9i instances.

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