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Working As A Junior Database Administrator

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

  • Repetitive

  • $87,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Junior Database 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 Junior Database 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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Junior Database Administrator Career Paths

Junior Database Administrator
Database Administrator Consultant Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Database Administrator Project Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Database Administrator Consultant Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Oracle Database Administrator Consultant Senior Systems Analyst
Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Oracle Database Administrator Senior Software Engineer Information Technology Manager
Information Systems Director
8 Yearsyrs
Oracle Database Administrator Senior Software Engineer Information Technology Project Manager
Technical Delivery Manager
11 Yearsyrs
SQL Database Administrator Senior Database Administrator
Database Administration Manager
8 Yearsyrs
SQL Database Administrator Senior Software Engineer Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
SQL Database Administrator Developer Systems Analyst
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Database Developer/Database Administrator Data Architect Enterprise Architect
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Database Developer/Database Administrator Data Architect Solutions Architect
Solutions Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Database Developer/Database Administrator Senior Programmer Analyst Manager Applications Development
Application Development Director
11 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Systems Engineer Information Technology Consultant
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Senior Programmer Analyst Application Manager
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Program Manager Deputy Director
Director Of Intelligence
12 Yearsyrs
Web Developer Technical Consultant Senior Technical Consultant
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
Web Developer Senior Programmer Analyst Senior Programmer Analyst Lead
System Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Senior Data Analyst- Data Manager
Data Management Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Senior Data Analyst- Senior Database Analyst
Database Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Programmer Systems Administrator Information Technology Operations Manager
Manager Information Technology Applications
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Database Engineer 2.8 years
Top Careers Before Junior Database Administrator
Programmer 7.5%
Internship 5.0%
Top Careers After Junior Database Administrator
Developer 2.2%
Consultant 1.6%

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Average Yearly Salary
$87,000
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$60,000
Min 10%
$87,000
Median 50%
$87,000
Median 50%
$87,000
Median 50%
$87,000
Median 50%
$87,000
Median 50%
$87,000
Median 50%
$87,000
Median 50%
$125,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Openlink Financial
Highest Paying City
Mountain View, CA
Highest Paying State
Hawaii
Avg Experience Level
2.0 years
How much does a Junior Database Administrator make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Junior Database Administrator in the United States is $87,234 per year or $42 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $60,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $125,000.

Real Junior Database Administrator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Junior Database Administrator Active Network, LLC Irving, TX Jul 25, 2014 $107,000
Junior Database Administrator Interactive Data Pricing & Reference Data Inc. New York, NY Nov 03, 2016 $91,269
Junior Database Administrator Equilend Holdings LLC New York, NY Jan 06, 2016 $87,500
Software Developer/Jr. DBA Electronic Transactions Systems Sterling, VA Apr 14, 2015 $87,422
Junior Database Administrator Harmonia Holdings Group, LLC Blacksburg, VA Jan 08, 2016 $86,000
JR. Database Administrator Intellizant LLC Rockville, MD Dec 14, 2015 $80,000
JR. Database Administrator Adroit Associates Inc. Iselin, NJ Nov 30, 2015 $79,186
Junior Database Administrator Omniti Computer Consulting, Inc. Fulton, MD Sep 01, 2015 $73,500
Data Analyst/Jr. DBA Emergency24 Inc. Des Plaines, IL Feb 28, 2015 $72,450
Junior Database Administrator Omniti Computer Consulting, Inc. Fulton, MD Sep 01, 2014 $70,000
Junior Database Administrator Omniti Computer Consulting, Inc. Fulton, MD Sep 01, 2015 $70,000
Database Administrator Junior Wipro Limited Foster City, CA Jan 06, 2016 $68,494
Database Administrator Junior Wipro Limited Redwood City, CA Jun 18, 2015 $67,746
Junior Database Administrator/Developer Marketbridge Bethesda, MD Oct 01, 2014 $67,000
Jr.Database Administrator Amerijet International.Inc. Fort Lauderdale, FL Sep 03, 2015 $60,100
Database Administrator Junior Wipro Limited Richmond, CA Jun 27, 2016 $60,000
Database Administrator Junior Wipro Limited Irving, TX Jun 18, 2015 $60,000
Database Administrator Junior Wipro Limited OFallon, MO Jun 18, 2015 $60,000
Database Administrator Junior Wipro Limited Danbury, CT Jan 02, 2015 $60,000
Database Administrator Junior Wipro Limited Quincy, MA Jun 18, 2015 $60,000
Database Administrator Junior Wipro Limited Middleton, WI Jun 18, 2015 $60,000

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Top Skills for A Junior Database Administrator

  1. Database
  2. Pl/Sql
  3. Recovery Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Enhanced MS-Access databases by improving user interface, introducing multiple-user access, and increasing security and stability.
  • Develop, run, and maintain all company reports using PL/SQL and Microsoft SQL queries, stored procedures, and views.
  • Enhance database performance, responsible for database backups, implement recovery procedures, and documented new database implementations.
  • Modified/maintained SQL code/scripts to accommodate user changes.
  • Provided recommendations and feedback to Product Management and Product Development as it relates to applications.

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Top 10 Best States for Junior Database Administrators

  1. New Jersey
  2. Texas
  3. Washington
  4. Virginia
  5. Rhode Island
  6. Massachusetts
  7. Connecticut
  8. North Carolina
  9. Utah
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Junior Database Administrator Demographics

Gender

Male

64.6%

Female

23.4%

Unknown

12.0%
Ethnicity

White

46.0%

Asian

20.5%

Hispanic or Latino

13.0%

Black or African American

12.7%

Unknown

7.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

18.2%

Chinese

13.6%

French

13.6%

Mandarin

13.6%

Hakka

9.1%

Cantonese

9.1%

Malay

9.1%

Dutch

4.5%

German

4.5%

Hindi

4.5%
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Junior Database Administrator Education

Schools

George Mason University

10.4%

Strayer University

9.4%

University of Maryland - University College

7.3%

State University of New York Albany

7.3%

Regis University

6.3%

Howard University

6.3%

Georgia State University

5.2%

More Tech Institute

5.2%

Montgomery College

5.2%

Texas Southern University

4.2%

University of Bridgeport

4.2%

University of Phoenix

4.2%

Southern University and A & M College

3.1%

Bowie State University

3.1%

Chicago State University

3.1%

National University

3.1%

Pennsylvania State University

3.1%

DePaul University

3.1%

Northeastern University

3.1%

Northern Virginia Community College

3.1%
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Majors

Computer Science

25.2%

Computer Information Systems

11.7%

Business

9.7%

Information Technology

9.5%

Computer Applications

6.8%

Electrical Engineering

4.5%

Information Systems

4.5%

Management Information Systems

4.3%

Computer Engineering

4.3%

Accounting

2.9%

Engineering

2.5%

Economics

2.5%

Political Science

1.8%

Finance

1.8%

Mechanical Engineering

1.8%

Marketing

1.4%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.4%

Computer Engineering Technology

1.4%

Information Sciences

1.1%

Project Management

1.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

52.5%

Masters

28.5%

Other

9.4%

Associate

5.7%

Certificate

2.2%

Diploma

1.1%

Doctorate

0.4%

License

0.2%
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