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Working As A Senior Oracle Database Administrator

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

  • Repetitive

  • $90,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior 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 Senior 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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Senior Oracle Database Administrator Career Paths

Senior Oracle Database Administrator
Solutions Architect Program Manager Senior Manager
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Database Administrator Data Architect Architect
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Data Warehouse Developer Business Analyst Information Technology Manager
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Data Architect Project Manager Development Manager
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Data Warehouse Developer Senior Software Engineer Information Technology Manager
Director Of Technology And Services
11 Yearsyrs
Data Architect Solutions Architect Senior Manager
Director, Technical Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Database Administrator/Architect Project Leader Systems Manager
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Lead Database Administrator Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Consultant Senior Consultant
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Administrator Business Analyst Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Administrator Senior System Administrator Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Database Administrator
9 Yearsyrs
Lead Database Administrator Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Technical Team Lead Project Leader Business Analyst
Senior Quality Assurance Analyst
6 Yearsyrs
Solutions Architect Senior Project Manager Contractor/Consultant
Senior Software Engineer
6 Yearsyrs
Technical Team Lead Lead Technician Systems Administrator
Senior System Administrator
8 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Consultant Information Technology Administrator Systems Engineer
Senior Systems Engineer
8 Yearsyrs
Database Administrator/Architect Principal Consultant Solutions Architect
Solutions Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager Director Of Information
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Consultant Information Technology Manager Technical Director
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Administrator 3.2 years
Database Manager 2.9 years
Database Engineer 2.8 years
Database Architect 2.7 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 2.6%
Programmer 1.2%
Top Employers After
Consultant 3.9%

Senior Oracle Database Administrator Demographics

Gender

Male

78.9%

Female

17.1%

Unknown

4.1%
Ethnicity

White

51.7%

Asian

33.3%

Hispanic or Latino

7.2%

Unknown

5.9%

Black or African American

1.8%
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Languages Spoken

French

23.5%

Hawaiian

11.8%

Chinese

11.8%

Spanish

11.8%

Greek

5.9%

German

5.9%

Persian

5.9%

Russian

5.9%

Carrier

5.9%

Mandarin

5.9%

Korean

5.9%
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Senior Oracle Database Administrator Education

Schools

University of Houston

12.2%

University of Phoenix

8.8%

University of Maryland - University College

7.4%

Strayer University

7.4%

Texas A&M University

6.8%

Wayne State University

4.7%

University of Maryland - College Park

4.7%

Johns Hopkins University

4.7%

University of Cincinnati

4.1%

University of California - Los Angeles

4.1%

George Mason University

4.1%

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

4.1%

American University

4.1%

George Washington University

3.4%

State University of New York Buffalo

3.4%

Regis University

3.4%

Bowie State University

3.4%

DePaul University

3.4%

Boston University

3.4%

New York Institute of Technology - Manhattan Campus

2.7%
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Majors

Computer Science

32.1%

Electrical Engineering

8.1%

Business

8.0%

Computer Applications

7.1%

Engineering

6.8%

Information Technology

6.2%

Computer Information Systems

6.0%

Computer Engineering

5.2%

Information Systems

4.0%

Management Information Systems

2.9%

Finance

2.9%

Mathematics

2.0%

Mechanical Engineering

1.7%

Physics

1.2%

Business/Commerce

1.1%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.0%

Computer Programming

1.0%

Management

0.9%

Project Management

0.9%

Accounting

0.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

46.9%

Masters

36.0%

Other

9.2%

Diploma

2.5%

Associate

2.4%

Doctorate

1.8%

Certificate

1.2%
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Real Senior Oracle Database Administrator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Sr.Oracle Database Adminstrator Saiana Technologies Inc. Herndon, VA Feb 03, 2015 $213,600
Senior Oracle Database Administrator Pacific Investment Management Company, LLC Newport Beach, CA Dec 15, 2015 $165,000
SR. Manager, Oracle DBA Herbalife International Winston-Salem, NC Feb 29, 2016 $157,964
SR. Oracle DBA Engineer Xactly Corporation San Jose, CA Apr 15, 2016 $155,250
Senior Oracle Database Administrator Qiagen Redwood City, Inc. Redwood City, CA Jul 07, 2016 $150,502
Senior Oracle Database Administrator Wal-Mart Associates, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Oct 24, 2016 $150,000
SR. Oracle Database Administrator Avery Dennison Corporation Mentor, OH Aug 29, 2016 $150,000
SR. Oracle DBA Wal-Mart Associates, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Jul 20, 2016 $150,000
Senior Oracle Database Administrator Linkedin Corporation Mountain View, CA Sep 04, 2015 $148,000 -
$172,100
Senior Oracle Database Administrator Lendingclub Corporation San Francisco, CA Aug 04, 2015 $145,000
Senior Oracle Database Administrator Wal-Mart Associates, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Jul 31, 2015 $144,320
Senior Oracle Database Administrator Linkedin Corporation Mountain View, CA Dec 16, 2015 $140,000 -
$183,000
Senior Oracle Database Administrator CSC Holdings, LLC Bethpage, NY Apr 06, 2015 $140,000
Senior Oracle Database Administrator Nook Digital LLC New York, NY Sep 25, 2015 $139,400
Senior Oracle Database Administrator CVS Pharmacy, Inc. Cumberland, RI Jan 04, 2016 $114,691
Senior Oracle Database Administrator N-Tier Solutions Inc. Winston-Salem, NC Apr 03, 2015 $114,400
Senior Oracle DBA Claims Services Group, Inc. San Diego, CA May 14, 2015 $114,362
Senior Oracle DBA Claims Services Group, LLC San Diego, CA May 14, 2015 $114,362
Senior Oracle Database Administrator Business Technology Services, Inc. King of Prussia, PA May 09, 2015 $114,000
Senior Oracle Applications Database Administrator Ipsoft Incorporated New York, NY Mar 03, 2016 $113,742 -
$145,047
SR. Oracle Database Administrator Comcast Cable Communications, LLC Englewood, CO Apr 25, 2016 $113,693 -
$125,000
Senior Oracle Database Administrator Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Miramar, FL Sep 18, 2016 $113,348
SR. Administrator, Database Oracle T-Mobile USA, Inc. Atlanta, GA Jul 21, 2016 $99,500 -
$109,000
SR. Oracle Database Administrator Corporation Service Company Wilmington, DE Feb 11, 2015 $98,925
Senior Oracle Database Administrator ISO New England Inc. Holyoke, MA Jun 10, 2016 $98,000
Senior Oracle Database Administrator Mindspan Systems Inc. Suwanee, GA Aug 22, 2016 $98,000
SR. Oracle DBA Ciber, Inc. Dearborn, MI Jan 08, 2016 $97,760
SR. Oracle Application Database Administrator Webroot, Inc. Broomfield, CO Nov 04, 2016 $97,448 -
$113,692
Senior Software Engineer/Oracle Application DBA Wollemi Technology Inc. Houston, TX Jan 25, 2016 $97,000
Senior Oracle Applications Database Administrator Tier1, Inc. Pittsburgh, PA Nov 17, 2015 $97,000

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Top Skills for A Senior Oracle Database Administrator

DatabaseBackupPl/SqlRmanSQLTraceLinuxDBAOEMGridSolarisASMProductionDatabasesRecoveryProceduresSQLServerUnixSetupHighAvailabilityAutomaticStorageWindowsAWRToadIBMAIX

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Top Senior Oracle Database Administrator Skills

  1. Database Backup
  2. Pl/Sql
  3. Rman
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Automated database backup using shell scripting.
  • Experience working with SQL, PL/SQL coding, stored procedures, functions, packages, triggers.
  • Optimized database performance by analyzing objects, generating statistics, creating indexes and views.
  • Identified SQL statements with poor performance using Performance Tools and SQL Trace tools.
  • Major Accomplishments: Implemented 10g OEM/Grid Control on Linux servers to host the management service and repository environments.

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