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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

  • $88,000

    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
Database Administrator Consultant Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Database Administrator Consultant Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Database Administrator Manager Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Project Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Database Administrator Principal Consultant Information Technology Project Manager
Technical Delivery Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Database Administrator Principal Consultant Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Oracle Database Administrator Consultant Senior Systems Analyst
Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Oracle Database Administrator Senior Technician Specialist Senior Business Analyst
Analytical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Database Administrator Principal Consultant Information Technology Director
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Oracle Database Administrator Project Leader Manager Applications Development
Application Development Director
11 Yearsyrs
SQL Database Administrator Developer Systems Analyst
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
SQL Database Administrator Developer Co-Founder
Chief Technology Officer & Founder
9 Yearsyrs
SQL Database Administrator Senior Programmer Analyst Information Technology Director
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Programmer Analyst Senior Systems Engineer Senior System Administrator
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Programmer Analyst Senior Data Analyst- Data Manager
Data Management Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Data Architect Senior Systems Analyst Senior Technical Consultant
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
Data Architect Senior Data Analyst- Senior Database Analyst
Database Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Development Manager Software Development Manager
System Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Data Engineer Senior Network Engineer Information Technology Operations Manager
Manager Information Technology Applications
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Database Engineer 3.0 years
Database Architect 3.0 years
Database Analyst 2.5 years
Top Careers Before Database Engineer
Consultant 4.8%
Programmer 4.1%
Developer 2.6%
Top Careers After Database Engineer
Consultant 3.3%

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Average Yearly Salary
$88,000
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$63,000
Min 10%
$88,000
Median 50%
$88,000
Median 50%
$88,000
Median 50%
$88,000
Median 50%
$88,000
Median 50%
$88,000
Median 50%
$88,000
Median 50%
$122,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Facebook
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
2.8 years
How much does a Database Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Database Engineer in the United States is $88,220 per year or $42 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $63,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $122,000.

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 May 10, 2015 $185,000
MTS 2, Database Engineering EBAY Inc. San Jose, CA Aug 16, 2016 $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 Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Jan 12, 2015 $172,000
Database Engineer Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Dec 09, 2016 $172,000 -
$192,000
Database Engineer Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA May 18, 2015 $172,000
MTS 2, Database Engineer Paypal, Inc. San Jose, CA Feb 15, 2015 $171,559
Microsoft Database Engineer Vigna Solutions Inc. Sterling, VA Sep 12, 2015 $114,546
Oracle Database Engineer III Universal Service Administrative Company Coppell, TX Jul 23, 2015 $114,546 -
$120,000
Microsoft Database Rngineer Vigna Solutions Inc. Sterling City, TX Jun 29, 2015 $114,546
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 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

  1. Database
  2. Pl/Sql
  3. SQL
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Design and implement data partitioning and archival strategy, database object permission model and backup/disaster recovery strategy.
  • Developed PL/SQL programs used to automatically generate table and index partitions.
  • Performed initial assessment of SQL Server 2000 database environment and storage capacity.
  • Participate in decisions around data warehouse architecture and more specifically data models and database design.
  • Developed programs to extract, transform and load (ETL) clients' data feed into company's databases.

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Top 10 Best States for Database Engineers

  1. Washington
  2. California
  3. Colorado
  4. Texas
  5. Arizona
  6. Utah
  7. New Hampshire
  8. Connecticut
  9. Ohio
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Database Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

66.4%

Female

21.0%

Unknown

12.5%
Ethnicity

White

50.4%

Asian

20.2%

Hispanic or Latino

12.0%

Black or African American

11.1%

Unknown

6.3%
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Foreign 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

11.3%

University of Maryland - University College

7.7%

George Mason University

6.2%

Strayer University

6.2%

Northeastern University

6.2%

University of Florida

5.1%

University of Washington

5.1%

University of Maryland - College Park

4.6%

National University

4.1%

University of California - Berkeley

4.1%

San Francisco State University

4.1%

University of Texas at Arlington

4.1%

University of Texas at Dallas

4.1%

University of Central Florida

4.1%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

4.1%

University of Maryland - Baltimore County

4.1%

Johns Hopkins University

4.1%

Regis University

3.6%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

3.6%

Kaplan University

3.6%
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Majors

Computer Science

31.5%

Business

11.3%

Computer Information Systems

7.9%

Computer Engineering

6.7%

Information Systems

6.7%

Electrical Engineering

5.3%

Information Technology

5.3%

Computer Applications

4.2%

Management Information Systems

3.6%

Finance

2.6%

Engineering

2.4%

Mechanical Engineering

2.0%

Chemistry

1.5%

Accounting

1.5%

Project Management

1.4%

Management

1.4%

Mathematics

1.4%

Physics

1.4%

Computer Networking

1.1%

Education

1.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

43.9%

Masters

34.1%

Other

11.5%

Associate

4.0%

Certificate

2.7%

Doctorate

2.6%

Diploma

1.2%

License

0.1%
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