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Working As A Database Manager

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

  • Repetitive

  • $103,190

    Average Salary

What Does A Database Manager 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 Manager

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 Manager Career Paths

Database Manager
Operations Manager Senior Manager
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Database Administrator Senior Software Engineer
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Solutions Architect
Customer Relationship Management Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Senior Manager
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Data Analyst Senior Consultant
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Specialist Network Manager
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Director Of Information
Director, Applications
13 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Information Technology Consultant
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Data Analyst Business Analyst
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Specialist Senior System Administrator
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Product Manager
Marketing Director
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager
Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Senior Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Database Administrator Project Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Manager Director Of Information
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Database Manager 3.0 years
Data Manager 3.0 years
Data Administrator 2.9 years
Database Architect 2.7 years
Database Analyst 2.5 years
Database Assistant 1.6 years
Top Employers Before
Internship 6.0%
Consultant 5.8%
Manager 3.6%
Top Employers After
Consultant 7.6%
Manager 5.2%
Owner 3.5%
Director 3.4%
Internship 3.2%

Database Manager Demographics

Gender

Male

53.9%

Female

43.1%

Unknown

3.0%
Ethnicity

White

77.4%

Asian

10.4%

Hispanic or Latino

9.0%

Unknown

2.4%

Black or African American

0.7%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

41.5%

French

14.6%

German

7.3%

Mandarin

4.9%

Russian

4.3%

Chinese

3.7%

Italian

3.0%

Arabic

3.0%

Korean

2.4%

Portuguese

2.4%

Japanese

2.4%

Hindi

1.8%

Hebrew

1.8%

Gujarati

1.2%

Norwegian

1.2%

Amharic

1.2%

Cantonese

1.2%

Swedish

0.6%

Danish

0.6%

Khmer

0.6%
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Database Manager Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

15.6%

University of Maryland - University College

8.7%

Strayer University

5.5%

Northern Illinois University

5.2%

New York University

4.8%

George Washington University

4.8%

DePaul University

4.8%

American University

4.8%

Pennsylvania State University

4.5%

Georgia State University

4.2%

Northeastern University

4.2%

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

4.2%

Michigan State University

3.8%

San Jose State University

3.8%

University of Southern California

3.8%

Temple University

3.5%

Howard University

3.5%

Southern New Hampshire University

3.5%

Boston University

3.5%

Florida State University

3.5%
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Majors

Business

25.2%

Computer Science

13.9%

Computer Information Systems

7.2%

Information Technology

5.8%

Marketing

4.2%

Finance

4.2%

Management

4.1%

Accounting

4.1%

Communication

3.8%

Psychology

3.6%

English

3.0%

Management Information Systems

2.9%

Political Science

2.7%

Economics

2.3%

Computer Applications

2.3%

Information Systems

2.3%

Fine Arts

2.2%

Electrical Engineering

2.1%

Computer Engineering

2.1%

Project Management

2.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

42.8%

Masters

26.5%

Other

16.2%

Associate

6.5%

Certificate

4.2%

Doctorate

3.1%

Diploma

0.8%

License

0.1%
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Real Database Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Manager, Production Database Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Aug 10, 2015 $200,178 -
$220,178
Manager, Production Database Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Mar 03, 2016 $200,178 -
$220,178
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
Manager, Database Analysis NIIT Technologies Limited Atlanta, GA Aug 13, 2015 $144,331
Technical Database Manager Interactive Communications International, Inc. Atlanta, GA Dec 08, 2014 $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
Manager, Database Operations Expedia, Inc. Bellevue, WA Feb 09, 2013 $115,954 -
$130,000
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 -
$132,400
Database Manager Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Seattle, WA Jul 12, 2016 $114,021
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
Principal Clinical Database Manager Covidien LP New Haven, CT Mar 07, 2013 $91,936
Database Manager The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. Columbus, OH Oct 01, 2015 $91,800
Database Manager Mulvannyg2 Architecture Corporation Bellevue, WA Aug 21, 2014 $90,334

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Top Skills for A Database Manager

DataManagementPl/SqlProceduresFinancialReportsDataEntryWebSQLServerDatabaseSystemWindowsAccessDatabaseDBADataIntegrityBackupCustomerServiceManagementSystemDatabaseAdministrationDataAnalysisERPCRMDataWarehouse

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Top Database Manager Skills

  1. Data Management
  2. Pl/Sql
  3. Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Defined staffing, technology and data strategies to support corporate data management and Data Warehouse requirements.
  • Developed DB Developer's PL/SQL coding standard and design standards documents to standardize development patterns and coding structure within the organization.
  • Developed product sales presentations and software usage policies/procedures.
  • Prepare yearly financial reports to ensure IRS guidelines are being met.
  • Developed standards and procedures to accomplish data entry for the asbestos program that resulted in a 50% increase in productivity.

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