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Working As A Database Programmer/Analyst

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

  • Repetitive

  • $82,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Database Programmer/Analyst 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 Programmer/Analyst

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 Programmer/Analyst Career Paths

Database Programmer/Analyst
Senior Programmer Analyst Project Manager Information Technology Director
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Programmer Analyst Project Leader Information Technology Project Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Programmer Analyst Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Database Administrator Project Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Database Administrator Consultant Information Technology Manager
Information Systems Director
8 Yearsyrs
Database Administrator Consultant Information Technology Project Manager
Technical Delivery Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Consultant Project Leader Manager Applications Development
Application Development Director
11 Yearsyrs
SQL Database Administrator Senior Software Engineer Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
SQL Database Administrator Developer Senior Systems Analyst
Application Manager
9 Yearsyrs
SQL Database Administrator Senior Database Administrator Information Technology Manager
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Senior ETL Developer Senior Data Analyst-
Data Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Database Administrator Principal Consultant Information Technology Director
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Database Administrator Principal Consultant Solutions Architect
Solutions Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Project Manager Information Systems Director
Director Of Information Services
9 Yearsyrs
Software Developer NET Developer Customer Relationship Management Consultant
Customer Relationship Management Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Software Developer Program Manager Deputy Director
Director Of Intelligence
12 Yearsyrs
Software Developer Business Analyst Business Systems Senior Analyst
Director Of Business Systems
13 Yearsyrs
Oracle Database Administrator Solutions Architect Software Development Manager
System Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Oracle Database Administrator Project Leader Test Manager
Integration Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Oracle Database Administrator Information Technology Consultant Information Technology Operations Manager
Manager Information Technology Applications
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Programmer Analyst 3.8 years
Database Analyst 2.5 years
Database Developer 2.1 years
Database Designer 1.9 years
Top Careers Before Database Programmer/Analyst
Programmer 11.0%
Consultant 5.0%
Top Careers After Database Programmer/Analyst
Consultant 8.8%
Developer 3.5%
Programmer 3.1%

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Average Yearly Salary
$82,000
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$61,000
Min 10%
$82,000
Median 50%
$82,000
Median 50%
$82,000
Median 50%
$82,000
Median 50%
$82,000
Median 50%
$82,000
Median 50%
$82,000
Median 50%
$110,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Change Healthcare
Highest Paying City
Freeport, NY
Highest Paying State
Rhode Island
Avg Experience Level
3.4 years
How much does a Database Programmer/Analyst make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Database Programmer/Analyst in the United States is $82,686 per year or $40 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $61,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $110,000.

Real Database Programmer/Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Database Programmer/Analyst John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Hoboken, NJ Apr 12, 2015 $112,362
Database Programmer Analyst IV Atrius Health, Inc. Needham, MA Nov 15, 2016 $110,000
Database Programmer Analyst John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Hoboken, NJ Jan 09, 2016 $106,803
Programmer Analyst/Database Administrator Orion Systems Integrators LLC Roseland, NJ Jul 20, 2015 $104,350 -
$146,090
Programmer Analyst/Database Developer It & E Business Consulting Services Inc. Bethpage, NY Aug 08, 2015 $103,000
Database Programmer Analyst IV Atrius Health, Inc. Needham, MA Nov 15, 2016 $102,100 -
$120,000
Database Programmer Analyst IV Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, Inc. Needham, MA Sep 08, 2014 $102,000 -
$122,000
Database Analyst Programmer III Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska Omaha, NE Jul 19, 2014 $100,624
Database Analyst Programmer III Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska Omaha, NE May 13, 2014 $99,366
Database Programmer Analyst IV Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates Needham, MA Oct 28, 2015 $97,500 -
$121,105
Senior Database Programmer/Analyst Envestnet Asset Management, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Aug 20, 2016 $97,375
Database Analyst Programmer III Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska Omaha, NE Dec 02, 2014 $96,993
Programmer Analyst/Netteza DBA Idexcel, Inc. Irving, TX Jan 09, 2016 $96,000
Programmer Analyst/Database Administrator Sun-It Solutions Inc. Jacksonville, FL Jan 04, 2016 $88,629
Database Analyst Programmer (Software Engineer) Emdeon Lombard, IL Jan 12, 2015 $88,254 -
$95,000
Database Analyst Programmer II Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska Omaha, NE Oct 06, 2014 $88,000
Database Analyst Programmer II Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska Omaha, NE Aug 19, 2013 $87,000
Database Analyst Programmer II Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska Omaha, NE Aug 01, 2013 $87,000
Database Analyst Programmer II Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska Omaha, NE Jan 13, 2014 $87,000
Programmer Analyst/Database Administrator Unicom Technologies Inc. Naperville, IL Dec 05, 2014 $86,466
Programmer Analyst/Netteza DBA Idexcel, Inc. Irving, TX Jul 22, 2013 $86,000
Database Programmer Analyst John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Hoboken, NJ Aug 31, 2013 $77,500 -
$116,300
Programmer Analyst/Database Developer M9 Consulting Inc. Chandler, AZ Sep 11, 2015 $75,000
Database Programmer Analyst II Health Research, Inc. Albany, NY Nov 07, 2014 $74,507
Programmer Analyst/Database Engineer Asta CRS, Inc. Chevy Chase, MD Aug 19, 2013 $74,000
Database Analyst Programmer Senior University of Central Florida Orlando, FL Jun 22, 2015 $73,897
Database Programmer Analyst John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Hoboken, NJ Aug 31, 2013 $73,800 -
$110,600
Programmer Analyst/Database Developer Canopy One Solutions Inc. Bethesda, MD Sep 02, 2014 $72,100
Database/Programmer Analyst New York Technology Partners, Inc. New York, NY Mar 13, 2016 $72,000

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Top Skills for A Database Programmer/Analyst

  1. Pl/Sql
  2. Database
  3. SQL
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Obtained functional/technical requirements and developed PL/SQL code.
  • Identified inefficient server settings and database options of existing servers/databases, changed as necessary.
  • Designed and developed complex functionality using extensive SQL formulas and data entry.
  • Converted hard coded programs into Stored Procedures to generate tabulated reports.
  • Developed web applications for internal clients across various platforms and Frameworks.

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Database Programmer/Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

64.6%

Female

25.8%

Unknown

9.6%
Ethnicity

White

56.6%

Asian

15.1%

Hispanic or Latino

12.5%

Black or African American

10.6%

Unknown

5.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Chinese

18.8%

Spanish

18.8%

German

12.5%

Irish

6.3%

Welsh

6.3%

Malay

6.3%

French

6.3%

Maltese

6.3%

Mandarin

6.3%

Arabic

6.3%

Italian

6.3%
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Database Programmer/Analyst Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

12.8%

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

7.0%

George Washington University

7.0%

University of Maryland - College Park

7.0%

Temple University

4.7%

University of Missouri - Saint Louis

4.7%

Texas A&M University

4.7%

Michigan State University

4.7%

Northeastern University

4.7%

More Tech Institute

4.7%

Pace University - New York

4.7%

Fairleigh Dickinson University

4.7%

University of Missouri - Columbia

4.7%

University of Houston

3.5%

Ohio State University

3.5%

Webster University

3.5%

Pennsylvania State University

3.5%

New York University

3.5%

Illinois Institute of Technology

3.5%

Old Dominion University

3.5%
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Majors

Computer Science

29.5%

Business

14.9%

Computer Information Systems

7.6%

Information Technology

6.4%

Management Information Systems

5.0%

Information Systems

4.8%

Computer Engineering

4.3%

Electrical Engineering

4.1%

Computer Programming

3.7%

Mathematics

3.0%

Accounting

2.7%

Finance

2.3%

Computer Applications

2.1%

Computer Technical Support

1.8%

Information Sciences

1.6%

Management

1.6%

Management Science

1.4%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.4%

Sociology

0.9%

Project Management

0.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

45.7%

Masters

29.6%

Other

12.5%

Associate

6.3%

Certificate

3.0%

Doctorate

2.0%

Diploma

0.7%

License

0.2%
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