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Working As A Development Administrator

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

  • Repetitive

  • $77,491

    Average Salary

What Does A Development Administrator 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 Development Administrator

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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Development Administrator Career Paths

Development Administrator
Human Resources Coordinator Specialist Senior Analyst
Analytical Manager
9 Yearsyrs
SQL Database Administrator Business Intelligence Developer Business Consultant
Business Intelligence Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Administrator Office Manager Program Manager
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Technical Consultant Customer Relationship Management Consultant
Customer Relationship Management Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Cognos Developer Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Technical Project Manager Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Database Administrator Senior Software Engineer
Lead Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Technical Analyst
Lead Technician
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Administrator Business Analyst
Quality Assurance Lead
6 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Consultant Senior Software Engineer
Senior .NET Developer
6 Yearsyrs
SQL Database Administrator Ssrs Developer BI Developer
Senior ETL Developer
5 Yearsyrs
Lead Developer Lead Technician Business Analyst
Senior Programmer Analyst
7 Yearsyrs
Database Administrator Data Analyst Business Analyst
Senior Quality Assurance Analyst
6 Yearsyrs
Lead Developer Business Analyst Senior Quality Assurance Analyst
Senior Quality Assurance Engineer
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Project Manager Consultant
Senior Software Engineer
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Project Leader Business Analyst
Senior Systems Analyst
7 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Coordinator Data Analyst Web Developer
Senior Web Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Service Administrator Project Manager Solutions Architect
Solutions Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Service Administrator Systems Administrator Project Leader
Systems Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Development Administrator Demographics

Gender

Male

60.7%

Female

35.3%

Unknown

4.0%
Ethnicity

White

59.3%

Asian

27.5%

Hispanic or Latino

7.2%

Unknown

4.3%

Black or African American

1.8%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

43.0%

French

18.0%

German

7.0%

Chinese

5.0%

Hindi

3.0%

Italian

3.0%

Japanese

3.0%

Russian

2.0%

Cantonese

2.0%

Carrier

2.0%

Urdu

2.0%

Arabic

2.0%

Swahili

1.0%

Swedish

1.0%

Telugu

1.0%

Vietnamese

1.0%

Luganda

1.0%

Mandarin

1.0%

Korean

1.0%

Hebrew

1.0%
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Development Administrator Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

17.9%

Bryn Mawr College

11.6%

University of Houston

6.3%

Texas A&M University

5.3%

More Tech Institute

5.3%

University of Maryland - University College

4.8%

University of Bridgeport

4.8%

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

4.3%

Iowa State University

4.3%

San Jose State University

3.4%

Walden University

3.4%

University of Southern California

3.4%

San Diego State University

3.4%

University of Texas at Austin

3.4%

Austin Community College

3.4%

Capella University

3.4%

Kean University

2.9%

University of Pennsylvania

2.9%

George Mason University

2.9%

Utah State University

2.9%
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Majors

Computer Science

29.6%

Business

12.6%

Information Technology

7.7%

Electrical Engineering

7.5%

Computer Engineering

7.0%

Engineering

5.5%

Computer Information Systems

5.0%

Computer Applications

4.2%

Management

2.9%

Mechanical Engineering

2.3%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.2%

Finance

1.7%

Human Resources Management

1.7%

Education

1.6%

Management Information Systems

1.6%

Accounting

1.5%

Communication

1.5%

Psychology

1.4%

Information Systems

1.4%

English

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

51.4%

Masters

27.4%

Other

12.2%

Associate

3.7%

Certificate

2.5%

Doctorate

2.0%

Diploma

0.7%

License

0.1%
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Real Development Administrator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Hyperion EPM Developer/Administrator Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Jun 11, 2016 $142,376 -
$158,109
Moss Developer/Administrator Charter Brokerage LLC New York, NY Jul 15, 2016 $140,000
Senior Hyperion Developer/Administrator Tripadvisor LLC Needham, MA Mar 22, 2016 $131,747 -
$151,509
Senior Hyperion EPM Developer/Administrator Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Jul 28, 2014 $130,000
Senior Applications Development Administrator Denovo Ventures, LLC King of Prussia, PA Feb 18, 2016 $123,240
Remedy Admin and Developer Anjus LLC San Jose, CA Apr 15, 2016 $121,046
Servicenow Developer/Admin Ibeam Technologies, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Jan 09, 2016 $120,754
Servicenow Developer/Admin Ibeam Technologies, Inc. Mountain View, CA Jan 09, 2016 $120,754
Hyperion Developer/Essbase Administrator Beazer General Services, Inc. Atlanta, GA Aug 26, 2016 $120,000
Moss Developer/Administrator Charter Brokerage LLC New York, NY Jul 15, 2013 $118,500
SR. Hyperion Developer/Administrator Tripadvisor LLC Needham, MA Sep 23, 2016 $116,272 -
$122,600
SOA Developer and Administrator (SR. Systems Engineer) Inovant, LLC Foster City, CA Jul 12, 2015 $114,681 -
$146,987
HFM Administrator/Hyperion Developer Ryder System, Inc. Miami, FL Oct 01, 2015 $112,000
Biztalk Administrator and Developer Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona Phoenix, AZ Sep 18, 2015 $103,813
Remedy Developer/Administrator 1 Way Solutions, Inc. Reston, VA Feb 10, 2016 $103,500
Remedy Developer/Administrator Priceline.Com Norwalk, CT Jun 09, 2014 $103,418 -
$108,000
Teamcenter Administrator and Developer Brunswick Corporation Fond du Lac, WI May 09, 2016 $101,787
Webmethods Developer/Administrator Aeroxchange Ltd. Irving, TX Oct 01, 2012 $100,400
Veeva Administrator/Developer IB Technology Solutions Inc. Westlake Village, CA Mar 13, 2015 $100,000
IBM BPM Developer/Administrator Ezprohub, LLC Newark, DE Sep 09, 2015 $90,000
IBM BPM Developer/Administrator Ezprohub, LLC Newark, DE Sep 18, 2015 $90,000
Remedy Admin and Developer Anjus LLC Longmont, CO Aug 26, 2015 $89,741
Network Firewall Developer/Admin ASHI Diamonds, LLC New York, NY Jul 29, 2011 $89,741
Servicenow Developer/Admin Ibeam Technologies, Inc. Reston, VA Jan 09, 2016 $89,178
Baan Administrator & Developer Us Holdings, Inc. Hialeah, FL Sep 30, 2012 $87,735
SR. Remedy Developer/Admin Ah Computer Consulting Inc. Rockville, MD Oct 10, 2011 $86,769
International Market Development Administrator 3M Company Saint Paul, MN Apr 14, 2012 $85,987

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Top Skills for A Development Administrator

WorkflowRulesCustomObjectsApprovalProcessesForce.ComPlatformWebServicesDashboardsEmailAlertsClassesLoadDataDataManipulationHtmlSandboxWindowsXPValidationRulesCustomTabsCustomControllersSQLServerSoqlContactsVisualforcePages

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Top Development Administrator Skills

  1. Workflow Rules
  2. Custom Objects
  3. Approval Processes
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Developed Workflow Rules and Approval Process for some fields.
  • Developed various Custom Objects, Tabs, validation rules on the objects and tabs, Components and Visual Force Pages.
  • Created email templates, approval processes, approval page layouts and defined approval actions on them to automate the processes.
  • Developed Apex classes on Force.com platform to customize application according to functional needs.
  • Created Web Services to communicate between Business Events and User Interfaces.

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