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Working As A Lead Oracle Database Administrator

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

  • Repetitive

  • $97,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Lead 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 Lead 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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Lead Oracle Database Administrator Career Paths

Lead Oracle Database Administrator
Lead Database Administrator Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Lead Database Administrator Project Manager Technical Project Manager
Information Technology Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Lead Database Administrator Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Lead Database Administrator
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Manager Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Manager Production Manager
Technical Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant
Senior Database Administrator
9 Yearsyrs
Database Administration Manager Manager Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Database Administration Manager Information Technology Manager
Application Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Database Administration Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Technical Project Manager Operations Project Manager Material Manager
Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Database Administration Manager Database Manager
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Technology Architect Solutions Architect Network Manager
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Technology Architect Enterprise Architect Senior Technical Consultant
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
Technology Architect Database Architect
Senior Oracle Database Administrator
7 Yearsyrs
Systems Architect Senior Data Architect Senior Database Administrator
Contractor-Database Administration
8 Yearsyrs
Systems Architect Integration Architect Oracle Consultant
Senior Pl-Sql Developer
6 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Database Architect 3.0 years
Top Careers Before Lead Oracle Database Administrator
Programmer 1.5%
Consultant 1.2%
Top Careers After Lead Oracle Database Administrator
Consultant 1.6%

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Average Yearly Salary
$97,000
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$68,000
Min 10%
$97,000
Median 50%
$97,000
Median 50%
$97,000
Median 50%
$97,000
Median 50%
$97,000
Median 50%
$97,000
Median 50%
$97,000
Median 50%
$141,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Direct Energy
Highest Paying City
Marlborough, MA
Highest Paying State
Hawaii
Avg Experience Level
3.2 years
How much does a Lead Oracle Database Administrator make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Lead Oracle Database Administrator in the United States is $98,052 per year or $47 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $68,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $141,000.

Real Lead Oracle Database Administrator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Lead Oracle Application Database Administrator Panera LLC Sunset Hills, MO Aug 09, 2016 $162,166
Oracle Project Lead DBA S&R Resources, Inc. Columbus, IN Dec 30, 2013 $137,742
Lead Oracle DBA SONY Network Entertainment International LLC San Diego, CA Dec 10, 2014 $137,000
Lead Oracle Applications Database Administrator Kinetic Concepts, Inc. San Antonio, TX Mar 04, 2012 $130,000
Team Lead, Oracle DBA Rackspace Us, Inc. Austin, TX Jan 10, 2016 $130,000
Lead Oracle Database Administrator L. A. Care Health Plan Los Angeles, CA Jan 11, 2016 $129,162
Lead Oracle Database Administrator Direct Energy, LP Houston, TX May 18, 2015 $122,500
Lead Oracle Database Administrator Direct Energy, LP Houston, TX May 17, 2016 $122,500
Lead Oracle Database Administrator Premier, Inc. Charlotte, NC Nov 30, 2016 $120,000
Senior Lead Oracle Database Administrator Core Services Corporation Somerset, NJ Jan 05, 2015 $120,000
Senior Lead Oracle Database Administrator Core Services Corporation Somerset, NJ Sep 18, 2014 $120,000
Lead Oracle Apps DBA Quality Software Services, Inc. Washington, DC Feb 21, 2014 $117,000
Lead Oracle DBA Friendly Consultants, Inc. Princeton Junction, NJ Jun 27, 2016 $115,003
Lead Oracle Application Database Administrator Panera LLC Sunset Hills, MO Sep 08, 2013 $112,000
Senior/Lead Oracle Database Administrator The Sherwin-Williams Company Cleveland, OH Sep 08, 2011 $111,967
Senior Lead Oracle Application DBA It Convergence Oakbrook Terrace, IL Jul 11, 2016 $110,000
Lead Oracle Database Administrator American Express TRS Co. Inc. Phoenix, AZ Aug 25, 2014 $110,000
Lead Oracle Database Administrator Core Services Corporation Somerset, NJ Sep 08, 2014 $110,000
Lead Oracle E-Business Suite Database Administrato Core Services Corporation Somerset, NJ Oct 01, 2014 $110,000
Lead Oracle DBA Starpoint Solutions Marlborough, MA Jun 17, 2012 $110,000
Oracle DBA Lead Realnetworks, Inc. New York, NY Mar 16, 2012 $103,500
Lead Oracle DBA IBM Corporation Littleton, MA Mar 24, 2016 $102,000
Lead Oracle DBA IBM Corporation Burlington, MA Dec 14, 2012 $102,000
Senior Lead Oracle Database Administrator University of Colorado Denver, CO Nov 20, 2014 $102,000
Senior, Lead Oracle Database Administrator University of Colorado Denver, CO Mar 07, 2014 $102,000
Lead Oracle 11I/R12 Applications DBA Realogy Operations, Inc. Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ Apr 01, 2013 $100,152 -
$130,000
Lead Oracle Applications DBA Computer Technology Resources, Inc. Irvine, CA May 10, 2013 $100,000

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Top Skills for A Lead Oracle Database Administrator

  1. Database
  2. DBA
  3. Pl/Sql
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Involved in all phases relating to database administration, unit management and Oracle/Tools licensing.
  • Tested procedures completely and ensured DBA staff is fully trained in recovery operation.
  • Upgraded existing Oracle database 9i, 10g & 11g Provide SQL and PL/SQL code tuning support for current applications.
  • Developed and implemented Disaster Recovery procedures for the FMS production environment.
  • Recovered databases that had no backup / corrupted backup, using undocumented parameters.

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Top 10 Best States for Lead Oracle Database Administrators

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  2. Virginia
  3. Rhode Island
  4. North Carolina
  5. Massachusetts
  6. Utah
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Lead Oracle Database Administrator Demographics

Gender

Male

75.2%

Unknown

12.5%

Female

12.3%
Ethnicity

White

41.8%

Asian

30.4%

Hispanic or Latino

11.4%

Black or African American

10.6%

Unknown

5.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Chinese

14.3%

Hawaiian

14.3%

German

14.3%

Carrier

14.3%

Spanish

14.3%

Korean

14.3%

Italian

14.3%
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Lead Oracle Database Administrator Education

Schools

Texas A&M University

8.8%

University of Phoenix

7.5%

Strayer University

6.3%

University of Houston

6.3%

George Mason University

6.3%

Bowie State University

5.0%

Franklin University

5.0%

Morgan State University

5.0%

Wayne State University

5.0%

Western Washington University

5.0%

Colorado Technical University

5.0%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

5.0%

University of Maryland - College Park

5.0%

University of Maryland - University College

3.8%

Florida State University

3.8%

Kennesaw State University

3.8%

Johns Hopkins University

3.8%

George Washington University

3.8%

Purdue University

3.8%

Louisiana State University and A&M College

2.5%
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Majors

Computer Science

28.7%

Computer Applications

8.2%

Electrical Engineering

8.0%

Business

7.8%

Computer Information Systems

7.6%

Engineering

6.8%

Information Technology

6.2%

Computer Engineering

5.2%

Information Systems

4.5%

Management Information Systems

3.1%

Project Management

2.3%

Management

2.1%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.4%

Mathematics

1.4%

Physics

1.2%

Business/Commerce

1.2%

Mechanical Engineering

1.2%

Accounting

1.2%

Political Science

0.8%

Information Sciences

0.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

46.7%

Masters

35.4%

Other

8.6%

Diploma

4.6%

Doctorate

1.9%

Associate

1.6%

Certificate

1.2%
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