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Working As A Database Designer

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

  • Repetitive

  • $96,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Database Designer 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 Designer

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 Designer Career Paths

Database Designer
Senior Software Engineer Manager Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Project Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager
Lead Program Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director, Technical Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Data Warehouse Architect Solutions Architect Senior Project Manager
Information Systems Director
8 Yearsyrs
Data Warehouse Architect Solutions Architect Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Data Warehouse Architect Solutions Architect Information Technology Director
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Lead Developer Project Leader Manager Applications Development
Application Development Director
11 Yearsyrs
Lead Developer Owner Co-Founder
Chief Technology Officer & Founder
9 Yearsyrs
Lead Developer Project Leader Information Technology Manager
Application Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Analyst
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Analyst Senior Analyst Senior Data Analyst-
Data Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Analyst Senior Systems Engineer Senior System Administrator
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Manager Information Technology Project Manager Senior Information Technology Manager
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
Manager Senior Manager Director Of Analytics
Director Of Intelligence
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Database Engineer Senior Database Administrator Technology Architect
Solutions Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Database Engineer Senior Oracle Database Administrator Technology Architect
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Database Engineer Senior Database Analyst Database Marketing Manager
Customer Relationship Management Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Database Architect 3.0 years
Database Manager 3.0 years
Database Analyst 2.5 years
Database Developer 2.1 years
Database Designer 2.0 years
Top Careers Before Database Designer
Consultant 8.2%
Developer 6.8%
Programmer 5.7%
Internship 4.6%
Lecturer 3.9%
Top Careers After Database Designer
Data Analyst 11.0%
Consultant 7.5%
Programmer 5.0%
Internship 4.7%
Manager 3.1%

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Average Yearly Salary
$96,000
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$68,000
Min 10%
$96,000
Median 50%
$96,000
Median 50%
$96,000
Median 50%
$96,000
Median 50%
$96,000
Median 50%
$96,000
Median 50%
$96,000
Median 50%
$136,000
Max 90%
Highest Paying City
San Jose, CA
Highest Paying State
New Jersey
Avg Experience Level
1.9 years
How much does a Database Designer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Database Designer in the United States is $96,953 per year or $47 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $68,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $136,000.

Real Database Designer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Database Designer Sysazzle, Inc. Costa Mesa, CA Apr 29, 2013 $110,694
Database Designer Sharenet Corporation DBA Seeknet USA Torrance, CA Jul 29, 2015 $108,472
Database Designer Sharenet Corporation DBA Seeknet USA Torrance, CA Nov 04, 2016 $108,472
Database Designer Shakti Group, Inc. (Aka Shakti Solutions) Sacramento, CA Apr 01, 2010 $108,000
Database Designer DKS Steel Door and Frame System Commerce, CA Feb 26, 2015 $103,314
Clinical Database Designer Kadmon Corporation, LLC Wilmington, MA Sep 30, 2015 $90,000
Database Designer/Developer Izeal, Inc. Sterling, VA Nov 08, 2016 $90,000
Database Design Cloudwick Technologies Inc. San Jose, CA Aug 18, 2015 $88,254 -
$109,762
Database Designer Spectramd USA Inc. East Windsor, NJ Jan 26, 2014 $85,000
Database Designer/Analyst Insurance Auto Auctions, Inc. Westchester, IL Apr 29, 2013 $80,974 -
$110,974
Database Designer Shakti Group, Inc. (Aka Shakti Solutions) Sacramento, CA Mar 20, 2010 $80,000 -
$110,000
Database Designer/Analyst EZ2 Technologies, Inc. Minneapolis, MN Jul 29, 2015 $75,000
Database Designer/Analyst EZ2 Technologies, Inc. Minneapolis, MN Oct 12, 2015 $75,000
Database Designer Multivision Inc. TX Apr 23, 2010 $75,000
Database Designer Multivision Inc. Rex, NC Mar 10, 2010 $75,000
Database Designer Multivision Inc. Charlotte, NC Dec 15, 2010 $75,000
Database Designer Prospectdb, Inc. Parksdale, CA Oct 01, 2012 $69,247
Database Designer Inventiv Clinical Solutions Huntingtown, MD Sep 18, 2011 $65,000
Database Designer H2O Clinical LLC Huntingtown, MD Oct 01, 2011 $65,000
Database Designer H2O Clinical, LLC Huntingtown, MD Jul 09, 2016 $63,695
Database Design Anlayst Integrated Software Solutions, Inc. Princeton Junction, NJ Nov 21, 2007 $62,380
Database Designer Global Tech & Resources, Inc. Rolling Meadows, IL Aug 20, 2010 $62,000
Database Designer H2O Clinical, LLC Huntingtown, MD Aug 23, 2015 $60,210
Software Database Designer Digipulse Technologies, Inc. Cherry Hill, NJ Sep 20, 2010 $60,000
Database Designer Cybrid, Inc. Harrisburg, PA Aug 21, 2009 $60,000
Database Designer Global Tech & Resources Inc. El Segundo, CA Oct 08, 2011 $60,000
Database Designer Global Tech & Resources Inc. El Segundo, CA Dec 08, 2011 $60,000

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Top Skills for A Database Designer

  1. Pl/Sql
  2. Database
  3. SQL
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Applied appropriate field level validations Environment IBM Mainframe, SQL, Oracle, SQL, PL/SQL Previous Clients and Projects
  • Created Oracle Clinical study applications and global library objects, thereby adhering to standards and good relational database practices.
  • Developed a secured and dynamic MySQL database to handle confidential data.
  • Managed Data Warehousing application including existing data warehouse daily cycles as well as defined new cycles.
  • Created and modified tables, views and indexes, PL/SQL stored procedures, functions and triggers according to business requirement.

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Top 10 Best States for Database Designers

  1. New Jersey
  2. Washington
  3. Virginia
  4. Minnesota
  5. Colorado
  6. New Hampshire
  7. Georgia
  8. Connecticut
  9. North Carolina
  10. Rhode Island
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Database Designer Demographics

Gender

Male

55.6%

Female

29.7%

Unknown

14.7%
Ethnicity

White

49.9%

Asian

24.9%

Hispanic or Latino

10.8%

Black or African American

9.6%

Unknown

4.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

23.5%

French

17.6%

Chinese

11.8%

German

11.8%

Mandarin

11.8%

Urdu

5.9%

Dari

5.9%

Cantonese

5.9%

Arabic

5.9%
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Database Designer Education

Schools

University of Texas at Dallas

11.1%

Northeastern University

11.1%

Syracuse University

6.7%

University of Pittsburgh -

6.7%

George Mason University

5.6%

San Jose State University

4.4%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

4.4%

University of Illinois at Chicago

4.4%

DePaul University

4.4%

Towson University

4.4%

University of California - Berkeley

4.4%

George Washington University

4.4%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

4.4%

University of Houston

3.3%

North Carolina State University

3.3%

New York University

3.3%

National University

3.3%

Wayne State University

3.3%

Queens College of the City University of New York

3.3%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

3.3%
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Majors

Computer Science

29.1%

Business

13.6%

Computer Information Systems

9.9%

Information Technology

6.4%

Computer Engineering

5.3%

Information Systems

5.3%

Management Information Systems

3.5%

Electrical Engineering

3.2%

Mathematics

2.7%

Computer Networking

2.4%

Accounting

2.4%

Management

2.1%

Information Sciences

2.1%

Fine Arts

1.9%

Computer Programming

1.9%

Finance

1.9%

Project Management

1.6%

Industrial Engineering

1.6%

Engineering

1.6%

Education

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

40.9%

Masters

35.1%

Other

12.8%

Associate

5.6%

Doctorate

2.8%

Certificate

1.7%

Diploma

1.1%
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