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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 Latino10.5%
Black or African American1.1%
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University of Phoenix14.9%
University of Maryland - University College8.5%
George Washington University6.4%
University of Houston5.7%
Northern Virginia Community College5.7%
University of South Florida5.0%
Michigan State University5.0%
University of Maryland - College Park4.3%
George Mason University4.3%
Southern New Hampshire University4.3%
University of North Texas3.5%
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee3.5%
University of Georgia3.5%
Northern Illinois University3.5%
Johns Hopkins University3.5%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Specialist Database||Sapient Corporation||NJ||Jun 01, 2012||$147,805|
|Technical Database Specialist||Thomson Reuters (Markets) LLC||San Francisco, CA||Jan 20, 2014||$134,633|
|Database Specialist 1||IMS Health, Inc.||Chester, NJ||Feb 07, 2016||$134,550|
|Database Specialist Journeyman||Five 9 Group, Inc.||Suitland, MD||Sep 04, 2015||$117,000|
|Database Specialist||Trusted Mission Solutions Inc.||Washington, DC||Oct 15, 2014||$115,000|
|Database Specialist Journeyman||Five 9 Group, Inc.||Suitland, MD||Mar 11, 2016||$114,296 -
|Specialist, Database||Sapient Corporation||Boston, MA||Oct 01, 2012||$110,000|
|Analytics Database Specialist||Cedars-Sinai Medical Center||Los Angeles, CA||Oct 17, 2016||$110,000|
|Lead Database Specialist||The TJX Companies, Inc.||Framingham, MA||May 23, 2011||$105,000|
|Lead Database Specialist||The TJX Companies, Inc.||Framingham, MA||May 19, 2013||$104,601|
|SR. Database Specialist||Ing North America Insurance Corporation||Atlanta, GA||Jul 28, 2014||$104,480|
|Csis Database Specialist||Kern County Superintendent of Schools||Sacramento, CA||Apr 15, 2016||$102,648 -
|Database Specialist||American Girl Brands LLC||Middleton, WI||Oct 06, 2014||$101,694|
|Database Specialist Oracle||IBM India Private Limited||Roseland, NJ||Sep 05, 2016||$89,901|
|Database Specialist||IBM India Private Limited||Roseland, NJ||Jan 06, 2016||$89,901|
|Database Warehousing Specialist||ITC Infotech USA Inc.||Paramus, NJ||Apr 30, 2015||$86,500|
|Database Specialist||Amdocs, Inc.||Richardson, TX||Sep 02, 2015||$86,445|
|Oracle Database Performance Specialist (SR. System Administr||Samurai Infotech LLC||Cumming, GA||Jan 09, 2016||$85,000|
|Senior Database Specialist||Justice Systems, Inc.||Albuquerque, NM||Feb 22, 2016||$84,240 -
|Database Specialist||ELAN Technologies, Inc.||Irving, TX||Aug 30, 2016||$82,000|
|Csis Database Specialist||Kern County Superintendent of Schools||Bakersfield, CA||Jan 12, 2012||$81,910 -
|Database Specialist||Tekdynamics, Inc.||Irving, TX||Feb 10, 2015||$70,000|
|Database & BI Specialist||Red Cedar Consultancy, LLC||Leesburg, VA||Apr 23, 2015||$70,000|
|Database & BI Specialist||Red Cedar Consultancy, LLC||Leesburg, VA||Aug 11, 2015||$70,000|
|Database Specialist||ELAN Technologies, Inc.||Irving, TX||Jul 14, 2015||$70,000|
|Database Specialist Consultant||CSC Consulting, Inc.||Blue Ash, OH||Oct 01, 2012||$68,640|
|Database Specialist||Tekdynamics, Inc.||Irving, TX||Sep 10, 2015||$66,000|
|Database Specialist||ELAN Technologies, Inc.||Mendota Heights, MN||Feb 26, 2014||$65,000|
|Database Specialist||ELAN Technologies, Inc.||Alpharetta, GA||Dec 17, 2013||$65,000|
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