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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 Latino9.0%
Black or African American0.7%
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University of Phoenix15.6%
University of Maryland - University College8.7%
Northern Illinois University5.2%
New York University4.8%
George Washington University4.8%
Pennsylvania State University4.5%
Georgia State University4.2%
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill4.2%
Michigan State University3.8%
San Jose State University3.8%
University of Southern California3.8%
Southern New Hampshire University3.5%
Florida State University3.5%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Manager, Production Database||Facebook, Inc.||Menlo Park, CA||Mar 03, 2016||$200,178 -
|Manager, Production Database||Facebook, Inc.||Menlo Park, CA||Aug 10, 2015||$200,178 -
|Manager, Production Database||Facebook, Inc.||Menlo Park, CA||Dec 22, 2014||$167,513|
|Production Database Manager||Facebook, Inc.||Menlo Park, CA||Jun 13, 2014||$159,441|
|Database Manager||Jade Global Inc.||San Jose, CA||Jan 02, 2016||$152,901|
|Database Manager II||Active Health Management||New York, NY||May 23, 2013||$145,000|
|Technical Database Manager||Interactive Communications International, Inc.||Atlanta, GA||Dec 08, 2014||$144,331|
|Manager, Database Analysis||NIIT Technologies Limited||Atlanta, GA||Aug 13, 2015||$144,331|
|Database Manager||Harbor Freight Tools USA, Inc.||Calabasas, CA||Sep 29, 2016||$141,000|
|Manager Database Operations||A&E Television Networks, LLC||New York, NY||Sep 20, 2016||$140,000|
|Database Manager||Harbor Freight Tools USA Inc.||Calabasas, CA||Feb 14, 2015||$140,000|
|Oracle Database Manager||Serve Virtual Enterprises, Inc.||Saint Petersburg, FL||Jun 24, 2013||$135,000|
|Technical Database Manager||Interactive Communications International, Inc.||Atlanta, GA||Dec 17, 2014||$134,312|
|Manager, Database Services||Carnegie Mellon University||Pittsburgh, PA||Jan 10, 2016||$132,740|
|Marketing Database Manager||PVH Retail Stores Inc.||New York, NY||Jul 22, 2013||$115,000|
|Database Manager||CSG Systems, Inc.||Burlington, MA||Jun 22, 2013||$115,000|
|SR. Database Manager||Hartford Fire Insurance Company||Windsor, CT||Jul 25, 2016||$114,130 -
|Database Manager||Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center||Seattle, WA||Jul 12, 2016||$114,021|
|Manager, Database Research||Directv LLC||El Segundo, CA||Jun 02, 2013||$112,424 -
|Heterogeneous SAP Replication Mgr/Dev-Oracle/Sql Database Ad||Simplement, Inc.||Las Vegas, NV||Mar 14, 2015||$95,000|
|Heterogeneous SAP Replication Mgr/Dev-Oracle/Sql Database Ad||Simplement, Inc.||Las Vegas, NV||Jan 17, 2016||$95,000|
|Database Manager||89 Degrees Inc.||Burlington, MA||Aug 20, 2015||$95,000|
|Manager, Database Analysis||NIIT Technologies Limited||Atlanta, GA||Feb 13, 2015||$93,900|
|Database Manager||Mulvannyg2 Architecture Corporation||Bellevue, WA||Aug 15, 2015||$92,581|
|Database Manager||Mulvannyg2 Architecture Corporation||Seattle, WA||Aug 15, 2015||$92,581|
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