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Working As A Senior Database Architect

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

  • Repetitive

  • $103,190

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Database Architect 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 Senior Database Architect

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
Architect 3.0 years
Database Manager 2.9 years
Senior Architect 2.8 years
Database Engineer 2.8 years
Database Architect 2.7 years
Database Analyst 2.5 years
Lead Architect 2.5 years
ETL Architect 2.3 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 4.7%
Programmer 3.6%
Top Employers After

Senior Database Architect Demographics

Gender

Male

74.4%

Female

20.3%

Unknown

5.2%
Ethnicity

White

64.2%

Asian

22.8%

Hispanic or Latino

9.6%

Unknown

1.9%

Black or African American

1.5%
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Languages Spoken

French

100.0%

Senior Database Architect Education

Schools

Texas A&M University

11.4%

Rochester Institute of Technology

6.8%

Johns Hopkins University

6.8%

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

6.8%

Case Western Reserve University

4.5%

Edinboro University of Pennsylvania

4.5%

Boston University

4.5%

University of Tennessee - Knoxville

4.5%

Webster University

4.5%

Troy University

4.5%

Baylor University

4.5%

University of Phoenix

4.5%

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

4.5%

City College of New York of the City University of New York

4.5%

San Diego State University

4.5%

University of Colorado Denver

4.5%

Bowling Green State University

4.5%

University of Denver

4.5%

Washington State University

2.3%

Ramapo College of New Jersey

2.3%
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Majors

Computer Science

34.3%

Computer Information Systems

8.2%

Business

8.2%

Computer Engineering

6.0%

Information Technology

4.5%

Electrical Engineering

4.5%

Management Information Systems

3.7%

Mathematics

3.7%

Computer Applications

3.7%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

3.0%

Information Systems

3.0%

Engineering

3.0%

Operations Research

3.0%

Management

2.2%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.5%

Computer Systems Security

1.5%

Law

1.5%

Economics

1.5%

Chemistry

1.5%

Physics

1.5%
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Degrees

Masters

39.0%

Bachelors

39.0%

Other

9.7%

Doctorate

4.5%

Associate

3.2%

Certificate

2.6%

Diploma

1.9%
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Real Senior Database Architect Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Database Architect Manager Paypal, Inc. San Jose, CA Dec 21, 2016 $205,000
Senior Database Architect Travelclick, Inc. Philadelphia, PA Jul 05, 2011 $160,000 -
$170,000
Senior Database Architect Administrator Paypal, Inc. Timonium, MD Sep 10, 2015 $159,641
SR. Database Architect/Administrator Paypal, Inc. Timonium, MD Aug 27, 2012 $155,000
Senior Database Architect/Lead ETL Architect Leela Consultancy LLC Raleigh, NC Jan 04, 2016 $150,000
Senior SE Database Architect Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA May 29, 2014 $146,568
SR. Oracle Database Architect Netgear, Inc. San Jose, CA Jan 03, 2011 $145,000
SR. Database Architect Belk Inc. Charlotte, NC Mar 25, 2016 $145,000
SR. Database Architect Belk, Inc. Charlotte, NC Sep 15, 2014 $145,000
Senior Database Cloud Architect Yapstone Holdings, Inc. Walnut Creek, CA May 12, 2016 $144,800 -
$224,400
Senior Database Architect Electric Reliability Council of Texas, Inc. Taylor, TX Sep 13, 2016 $140,000 -
$150,000
SR. Database Architect Synechron, Inc. New York, NY Mar 17, 2014 $136,000
SR. Database Architect Virtusa Corporation Westborough, MA Apr 28, 2016 $135,000
Senior Database Architect Best Doctors, Inc. Boston, MA Oct 14, 2015 $122,450
Senior Database Architect Best Doctors Boston, MA Dec 01, 2016 $122,450
SR. Database Architect Litepoint Corporation Sunnyvale, CA Aug 01, 2011 $120,000
Senior Database Architect GEP Administrative Services, Inc. Burbank, CA Sep 23, 2013 $120,000 -
$125,000
Senior Database Architect Best Doctors Inc. Boston, MA Nov 03, 2014 $120,000
Senior Database Architect University of Iowa Iowa City, IA Jan 20, 2016 $116,792
SR. Database Architect Public Consulting Group, Inc. Boston, MA Aug 06, 2012 $115,000
Senior Database Architect Equator, LLC Los Angeles, CA Oct 03, 2011 $115,000
SR Database Architect Data Solutions, Inc. Canton, MI Nov 12, 2015 $107,099
Team Lead, SR. BI Database Architect Altisource Solutions Inc. Irvine, CA Dec 31, 2014 $106,496
SR Database Architect Creative Information Technology Inc. Falls Church, VA May 26, 2016 $105,000
Team Lead, SR. BI Database Architect Equator, LLC Irvine, CA Jul 27, 2013 $102,078
Senior Database Architect Forensic Fluids Laboratories, Inc. Kalamazoo, MI Aug 27, 2015 $100,000
Senior Database Architect American Express Travel Related Services Company, Inc. Saint Petersburg, FL Feb 11, 2015 $100,000

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Top Skills for A Senior Database Architect

Pl/SqlMicrosoftSQLServerProceduresDatabaseArchitectureDBAETLDataWarehouseDataModelWebServicesSsisDisasterRecoveryWindowsServerRACOltpC #T-SqlCapacityPlanningSsrsXMLLinux

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Top Senior Database Architect Skills

  1. Pl/Sql
  2. Microsoft SQL Server
  3. Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Develop complicated stored procedures, packages, functions with PL/SQL, and tune the performance of stored procedures.
  • Migrated original Oracle database to Microsoft SQL Server in 2009 during a 1 year project.
  • Develop and implement backup/restore, security and audit procedures and security policies to ensure the system meets business requirements.
  • Team Lead and primary architect for Database Architecture team.
  • Coordinated periodic deployments with the development DBA and provided architectural feedback to him during the redesign of the application.

Top Senior Database Architect Employers