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Working As A Database Engineer

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

  • Repetitive

  • $82,404

    Average Salary

What Does A Database Engineer 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 Engineer

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 Engineer Career Paths

Database Engineer
Senior Database Administrator Data Architect Architect
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Database Administrator Principal Consultant Senior Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Oracle Database Administrator Senior Technician Specialist Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Business Intelligence Developer Business Consultant Information Technology Consultant
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Oracle Database Administrator Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Systems Administrator
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
SQL Database Administrator BI Developer Senior Software Engineer
Senior .NET Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Database Administrator Senior Oracle Database Administrator
Senior Database Administrator
9 Yearsyrs
Database Architect Oracle Database Administrator Information Technology Manager
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
SQL Database Administrator Senior Database Administrator Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Database Developer Data Analyst Web Developer
Senior Java Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Consultant Information Systems Manager
Senior Manager-Systems
12 Yearsyrs
Database Administrator Oracle Database Administrator
Senior Oracle Database Administrator
7 Yearsyrs
Database Developer Database Administrator
Senior Software Engineer
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Lead Technician Systems Administrator
Senior System Administrator
8 Yearsyrs
Database Architect Database Administrator Senior Software Engineer
Senior Systems Engineer
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Database Engineer Senior Database Administrator Information Technology Manager
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Development Manager Director Of Software Development
Vice President, Software Development
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Oracle Database Administrator Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Database Engineer 3.0 years
Database Architect 2.9 years
Database Developer 2.0 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 5.1%
Programmer 3.9%
Developer 2.4%
Top Employers After
Consultant 3.7%

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Database Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

72.5%

Female

22.8%

Unknown

4.6%
Ethnicity

White

49.5%

Asian

21.1%

Hispanic or Latino

12.0%

Black or African American

10.9%

Unknown

6.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

22.2%

Italian

16.7%

French

11.1%

Turkish

5.6%

German

5.6%

Dutch

5.6%

Japanese

5.6%

Russian

5.6%

Carrier

5.6%

Hindi

5.6%

Mandarin

5.6%

Arabic

5.6%
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Database Engineer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

10.8%

Northeastern University

7.5%

George Mason University

6.7%

University of Central Florida

5.8%

University of Maryland - University College

5.0%

University of Washington

5.0%

University of Maryland - Baltimore County

5.0%

Strayer University

5.0%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

5.0%

University of Maryland - College Park

5.0%

National University

4.2%

San Francisco State University

4.2%

Bowie State University

4.2%

Johns Hopkins University

4.2%

Regis University

4.2%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

4.2%

Northwestern University

4.2%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.3%

University of California - Berkeley

3.3%

Illinois State University

3.3%
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Majors

Computer Science

28.8%

Business

12.2%

Computer Information Systems

8.6%

Information Systems

6.5%

Electrical Engineering

6.1%

Computer Engineering

6.1%

Information Technology

5.9%

Management Information Systems

3.8%

Computer Applications

3.8%

Finance

2.5%

Management

2.1%

Chemistry

1.7%

Project Management

1.7%

Mechanical Engineering

1.7%

Physics

1.7%

Accounting

1.7%

Engineering

1.5%

Computer Networking

1.3%

Communication

1.1%

Industrial Engineering

1.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

42.0%

Masters

33.8%

Other

13.8%

Associate

3.9%

Certificate

3.3%

Doctorate

2.2%

Diploma

1.0%
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Real Database Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Production Database Engineer Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Sep 10, 2015 $258,060
Production Database Engineer Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Aug 20, 2015 $238,944 -
$258,944
MTS 2, Database Engineering Paypal, Inc. San Jose, CA Dec 29, 2016 $205,000
MTS, Database Engineer Paypal, Inc. San Jose, CA Apr 18, 2016 $205,000
MTS 2, Database Engineering EBAY Inc. San Jose, CA Aug 16, 2016 $185,000
MTS 2, Database Engineering EBAY Inc. San Jose, CA May 10, 2015 $185,000
Manager, Database Engineer 3 Paypal, Inc. San Jose, CA Dec 12, 2016 $184,304
Database Engineer 4, Cloud Security Blue Coat Systems Inc. San Jose, CA Jan 19, 2016 $180,000
Database Engineer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Oct 15, 2015 $176,300
MTS 2, Database Engineering Paypal, Inc. San Jose, CA Aug 03, 2016 $173,775
Database Engineer Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA May 18, 2015 $172,000
Database Engineer Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Dec 09, 2016 $172,000 -
$192,000
Database Engineer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Jan 12, 2015 $172,000
MTS 2, Database Engineer Paypal, Inc. San Jose, CA Feb 15, 2015 $171,559
Database Engineer Moody's Analytics San Francisco, CA Jun 17, 2015 $114,400
Database Engineer 3 Stubhub San Francisco, CA Sep 13, 2016 $113,963 -
$130,000
Oracle Database Engineer III Universal Service Administrative Company Washington, DC Feb 13, 2015 $113,485
Database Engineer PGDS (Us One) LLC Lansing, MI Apr 26, 2016 $113,341 -
$115,360
Database Engineer SQL Novartis Services Inc. Fort Worth, TX Apr 01, 2016 $112,765
Database Engineer Interactive Data Corporation Hayward, CA Jul 31, 2015 $112,750
Database Engineer Streamline Health, Inc. New York, NY May 25, 2016 $112,715
Database Engineer Coupons.Com Incorporated Mountain View, CA Mar 05, 2015 $112,000
Database Engineer Itcaps LLC Berlin, NJ Sep 13, 2016 $84,231
Database Engineer 2 Paypal, Inc. Scottsdale, AZ Oct 20, 2015 $84,050
Database Engineer Global Data Mart, Inc. South Plainfield, NJ Sep 05, 2016 $83,741
Database Engineer Symphony Performance Health, Inc. Alpharetta, GA Nov 06, 2015 $83,578
Database Engineer Symphony Performance Health, Inc. Alpharetta, GA Oct 11, 2016 $83,578
Database Engineer Basic Solutions Corp. Milpitas, CA Oct 12, 2015 $83,480
Database Engineer Populus Group Columbus, OH Aug 17, 2015 $83,480
Database Engineer Powers Engineering and Inspection, Inc. Vacaville, CA Jan 01, 2016 $83,438

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Top Skills for A Database Engineer

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  1. Database
  2. Pl/Sql
  3. SQL
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  • Performed initial assessment of SQL Server 2000 database environment and storage capacity.
  • Assist developers in PL/SQL objects like Stored Procedures, Functions, views, materialized views and Triggers for implementing business specifications.
  • Created and executed project plan to convert Microsoft SQL Server from version 6.5 to Microsoft SQL Server 7.0.
  • Review and update database management operational procedures at every implementation checkpoint for operational efficiency.
  • Developed and implemented Logical and Physical Data Models for website database.

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