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Working As An Oracle Database Administrator

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

  • Repetitive

  • $99,000

    Average Salary

What Does An 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 An 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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Oracle Database Administrator Career Paths

Oracle Database Administrator
Senior Oracle Database Administrator
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Oracle Database Administrator
Lead Oracle Database Administrator
8 Yearsyrs
Consultant Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Consultant Senior Engineer Engineering Manager
Senior Engineering Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Consultant Information Technology Consultant Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Project Manager Engineering Director
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director, Technical Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Oracle Consultant Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager
Information Systems Director
8 Yearsyrs
Oracle Consultant Senior Consultant Senior Project Manager
Director Of Technology And Services
11 Yearsyrs
SQL Database Administrator Developer Systems Analyst
Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
SQL Database Administrator Developer Senior Programmer Analyst
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Administrator Business Analyst Information Technology Consultant
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Owner Co-Founder
Chief Technology Officer & Founder
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Database Administrator Principal Consultant Information Technology Director
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Technician Specialist Senior Systems Engineer Senior System Administrator
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
SAP Basis Consultant Senior SAP Basis Consultant
Solutions Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Technician Specialist Senior Systems Engineer Senior Technical Consultant
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
SQL Database Administrator Senior Database Developer
Senior Database Consultant
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Programmer Analyst Senior Programmer Analyst Lead
System Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Database Architect 3.0 years
Database Engineer 2.8 years
Top Careers Before Oracle Database Administrator
Consultant 3.6%
Programmer 3.1%
Developer 1.9%
Top Careers After Oracle Database Administrator
Consultant 3.2%

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Average Yearly Salary
$99,000
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$70,000
Min 10%
$99,000
Median 50%
$99,000
Median 50%
$99,000
Median 50%
$99,000
Median 50%
$99,000
Median 50%
$99,000
Median 50%
$99,000
Median 50%
$138,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Intuit
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
Hawaii
Avg Experience Level
3.9 years
How much does an Oracle Database Administrator make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Oracle Database Administrator in the United States is $99,125 per year or $48 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $70,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $138,000.

Real Oracle Database Administrator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Oracle Applications DBA Buxton Consulting, Inc. North Brunswick, NJ May 01, 2015 $187,830
Oracle Database Administrator Iconma, LLC Sunnyvale, CA Dec 07, 2016 $156,525 -
$177,395
Principal Oracle Database Administrator (DBA) Lendingclub Corporation San Francisco, CA Nov 20, 2016 $156,520
Oracle Apps Database Administrator (IT) Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Arlington, VA Feb 23, 2015 $150,000
Manager, Oracle Applications DBA DPI Specialty Foods Ontario, CA May 04, 2016 $150,000 -
$170,000
Oracle Apps Database Administrator (IT) Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Washington, DC Feb 23, 2015 $150,000
Database Administrator, Oracle Applications Kirby Corporation Houston, TX Jun 13, 2016 $140,760
Oracle Applications Database Administrator Datavail Corporation Aurora, IL Sep 08, 2015 $140,000
Principal Oracle Applications DBA Data Intensity, LLC Bedford, MA Jul 20, 2016 $140,000
Oracle Database Administrator Lumentum Operations LLC Milpitas, CA Oct 16, 2015 $137,030
Oracle Database Administrator JDS Uniphase Corporation Milpitas, CA Oct 16, 2015 $137,030
Oracle Database Administrator Latitude 36, Inc. Pleasanton, CA Jul 29, 2015 $135,655
Oracle Database Administrator Sunmerge Systems Inc. Piscataway, NJ Mar 05, 2015 $86,486
Oracle Database Administrator Sunmerge Systems Inc. Piscataway, NJ Mar 16, 2015 $86,486
Oracle Database Administrator Sunmerge Systems Inc. Piscataway, NJ Mar 04, 2015 $86,486
Oracle Database Administrator Sunmerge Systems Inc. Piscataway, NJ Mar 12, 2015 $86,486
Oracle Developer/Dba Navel Technologies Inc. Wixom, MI Jan 27, 2016 $86,216
Oracle Database Administrator Donegal Mutual Insurance Company Marietta, PA Jan 25, 2016 $86,008 -
$104,000
Database Administrator-Oracle Applications James Avery Craftsman, Inc. Austin, TX Apr 28, 2016 $86,000 -
$128,000
Oracle Database Administrator Orpine, Inc. Austin, TX Dec 14, 2016 $71,427
Oracle DBA Infolob Solutions Inc. Irving, TX Nov 16, 2016 $71,400 -
$81,000
Oracle DBA Infolob Solutions Inc. Irving, TX Dec 12, 2016 $71,400 -
$82,000
Oracle DBA I Infolob Solutions Inc. Irving, TX Dec 12, 2016 $71,400 -
$82,000

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Top Skills for An Oracle 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:
  • Monitored database growth, provided capacity planning, and identified and resolved system bottlenecks.
  • Experienced in SQL, PL/SQL, Shell Scripting, Partitioning, Logical and Physical Database Design, Backup and Recovery procedures.
  • Tuned the databases and administered backup / recovery procedures.
  • Developed and implemented database security and user management processes, and tuned applications to enhance performance.
  • Monitored database/SQL performance using TKPROF, SQL Trace and Explain plan utilities, identified performance issues and tuned the application.

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  5. Washington
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Oracle Database Administrator Demographics

Gender

Male

68.4%

Female

20.2%

Unknown

11.3%
Ethnicity

White

41.8%

Asian

26.6%

Black or African American

12.0%

Hispanic or Latino

11.2%

Unknown

8.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

25.0%

French

13.5%

Hindi

9.6%

Arabic

7.7%

Russian

5.8%

Carrier

5.8%

Chinese

3.8%

Hawaiian

3.8%

German

3.8%

Italian

3.8%

Kashmiri

1.9%

Portuguese

1.9%

Turkish

1.9%

Telugu

1.9%

Mandarin

1.9%

Japanese

1.9%

Urdu

1.9%

Korean

1.9%

Scots

1.9%
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Oracle Database Administrator Education

Schools

University of Maryland - University College

12.1%

University of Phoenix

8.9%

Strayer University

7.4%

University of Maryland - College Park

6.0%

Bowie State University

6.0%

George Mason University

5.8%

University of Houston

5.8%

More Tech Institute

5.5%

Prince George's Community College

5.1%

Georgia State University

4.6%

Howard University

4.3%

Texas A&M University

3.8%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

3.8%

George Washington University

3.6%

Regis University

3.6%

University of Bridgeport

3.4%

University of Maryland - Baltimore County

2.7%

Purdue University

2.6%

Morgan State University

2.6%

Towson University

2.6%
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Majors

Computer Science

30.7%

Business

9.0%

Computer Applications

7.6%

Information Technology

7.1%

Computer Information Systems

7.0%

Electrical Engineering

6.3%

Computer Engineering

5.8%

Engineering

5.6%

Information Systems

3.6%

Management Information Systems

2.9%

Mathematics

2.3%

Finance

2.1%

Accounting

1.7%

Management

1.5%

Business/Commerce

1.4%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.2%

Mechanical Engineering

1.1%

Economics

1.0%

Education

1.0%

Project Management

0.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

51.8%

Masters

31.4%

Other

9.0%

Associate

2.9%

Diploma

1.9%

Doctorate

1.4%

Certificate

1.4%

License

0.0%
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