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Become A Junior Oracle Database Administrator

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Working As A Junior Oracle Database Administrator

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

  • Repetitive

  • $81,710

    Average Salary

What Does A Junior Oracle 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 Oracle 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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Average Length of Employment
Administrator 3.2 years
Top Employers Before
Internship 4.5%
Consultant 4.5%
Installer 3.4%
Top Employers After
Consultant 0.7%
Analyst 0.5%

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Junior Oracle Database Administrator Demographics

Gender

Male

70.1%

Female

25.6%

Unknown

4.3%
Ethnicity

White

36.1%

Asian

29.2%

Black or African American

13.6%

Unknown

11.0%

Hispanic or Latino

10.1%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

100.0%

Junior Oracle Database Administrator Education

Schools

University of Maryland - University College

15.6%

Prince George's Community College

8.9%

Bowie State University

8.9%

Howard University

6.7%

Stratford University

6.7%

Ohio State University

4.4%

Regis University

4.4%

University of Southern California

4.4%

Colorado Technical University

4.4%

Pennsylvania State University

4.4%

University of Miami

4.4%

Kennesaw State University

4.4%

University of Maryland - Baltimore County

4.4%

Southern University and A & M College

4.4%

University of Bridgeport

2.2%

La Roche College

2.2%

West Texas A&M University

2.2%

Hondros College

2.2%

Ohio Dominican University

2.2%

University of Central Oklahoma

2.2%
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Majors

Computer Science

23.0%

Engineering

12.4%

Business

10.0%

Information Technology

7.7%

Computer Information Systems

6.7%

Computer Applications

6.7%

Management

4.3%

Electrical Engineering

4.3%

Management Information Systems

3.8%

Law

3.3%

Accounting

3.3%

Computer Engineering

2.9%

Mathematics

2.4%

Information Systems

1.9%

Finance

1.4%

Economics

1.4%

Zoology

1.4%

Information Sciences

1.0%

Health Care Administration

1.0%

Engineering Technology

1.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

61.1%

Masters

21.0%

Other

9.9%

Associate

4.4%

Certificate

1.6%

Diploma

1.6%

Doctorate

0.4%
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Real Junior Oracle Database Administrator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
JR Oracle Applications DBA Tricore Solutions LLC Malvern, PA Nov 03, 2016 $105,000
JR Oracle Applications DBA Tricore Solutions LLC Malvern, PA May 12, 2015 $100,000
JR Oracle Applications DBA Tricore Solutions LLC Norwell, MA Mar 11, 2013 $100,000
JR Oracle Applications DBA Tricore Solutions LLC King of Prussia, PA Jul 01, 2013 $100,000
JR. Oracle Applications DBA Smartdog Services, LLC Sunrise, FL Apr 20, 2015 $95,000
JR. Oracle Applications DBA Smartdog Services, LLC Austin, TX Nov 05, 2012 $80,000
JR. Oracle Applications DBA Smartdog Services, LLC Austin, TX Feb 15, 2012 $80,000
JR. Oracle Applications DBA Smartdog Services, LLC Austin, TX Oct 25, 2011 $80,000
JR. Oracle Database Administrator Vantageforce Inc. Houston, TX Sep 14, 2012 $73,045
Junior Oracle Database Administrator TEK Services LLC Norcross, GA Oct 01, 2012 $65,600
Junior Oracle DBA Tracfone Wireless, Inc. Medley, FL Jul 29, 2012 $64,071

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Top Skills for A Junior Oracle Database Administrator

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  1. Backup
  2. SQL Trace
  3. Database Objects
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Design and implementation of backup and recovery strategy using user managed backup and recovery.
  • Used SQL TRACE, TKPROF, EXPLAIN PLAN utilities for optimizing and tuning SQL queries.
  • Supported custom application development team including database objects deployment, migration and troubleshooting.
  • Implemented recovery strategies whenever required and successfully recovered databases in case database crash, media/disk failures by using RMAN.
  • Designed and developed an integrated performance tuning assistant application which uses Oracle Forms in conjunction with server-side PL/SQL.

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