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Become A SQL Database Administrator

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Working As A SQL Database Administrator

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

  • Repetitive

  • $80,000

    Average Salary

What Does A SQL 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.


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 SQL 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.


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.


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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SQL Database Administrator Career Paths

SQL Database Administrator
Informatica Developer Senior Consultant Director Of Information
Director Of Information Technology Security
12 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Specialist Network Engineer Network Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Ssrs Developer BI Developer Senior Software Engineer
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Lead Database Administrator Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Specialist Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Database Administrator
Lead Database Administrator
7 Yearsyrs
BI Developer Senior Software Engineer
Senior .NET Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Business Intelligence Developer SQL BI Developer Data Analyst
Senior Data Analyst-
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Database Administrator
9 Yearsyrs
Sql/Ssrs/Ssis Developer BI Developer Developer Analyst
Senior Database Developer
8 Yearsyrs
ETL Developer Senior Software Engineer Senior Systems Engineer
Senior Infrastructure Engineer
7 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Windows System Administrator Network Engineer
Senior Network Administrator
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Oracle Database Administrator
7 Yearsyrs
Ssrs Developer SQL BI Developer
Senior Sql/Report Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Business Intelligence Developer Business Consultant Information Technology Consultant
Senior System Administrator
8 Yearsyrs
BI Developer Development Administrator Senior Software Engineer
Senior Systems Engineer
8 Yearsyrs
ETL Developer Lead Technician Systems Administrator
Senior Unix Systems Administrator
8 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Information Technology Administrator Systems Engineer
Systems Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Lead Database Administrator Project Manager Program Manager
Technical Director
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Oracle Database Administrator Senior Database Administrator Information Technology Manager
Technical Services Manager
8 Yearsyrs
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SQL Database Administrator Demographics


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  • White

  • Asian

  • Hispanic or Latino

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Serer

  • Portuguese

  • Nepali

  • Chinese

  • Braille

  • Russian

  • Carrier

  • Hindi

  • Cantonese

  • Mandarin

  • Italian

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Real SQL Database Administrator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
SQL Server Database Administrator Novus Partners, Inc. New York, NY Jun 21, 2015 $150,000
Senior SQL Server Database Administrator Esurance Insurance Services, Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 09, 2016 $138,362
SQL Database Administrator Sagarsoft, Inc. Chesapeake, VA May 05, 2016 $136,699
SQL Database Administrator Sagarsoft, Inc. Chesapeake, VA Mar 11, 2016 $136,699
SQL Database Administrator Populus Group LLC San Jose, CA Jul 26, 2016 $135,655
SQL DBA Populus Group LLC Burlington, NC Nov 14, 2016 $135,655
SQL Server Database Administrator Draftkings, Inc. Boston, MA Dec 27, 2016 $135,000
Senior MS SQL Database Administrator/Engineer Barclays Services Corp. Piscataway, NJ May 16, 2016 $135,000 -
SR. SQL Server DBA Brown and Caldwell Walnut Creek, CA Oct 23, 2016 $132,600
SQL Database Administrator Iheartmedia Management Services, Inc. White Plains, NY May 29, 2016 $130,000
Lead SQL Server Database Administrator Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Services, Inc. Princeton, NJ Nov 14, 2016 $130,000
Senior SQL Server Database Administrator Bank of The West San Francisco, CA Apr 28, 2016 $128,939
SQL Database Administrator Sagarsoft, Inc. Chesapeake, VA Aug 31, 2015 $127,307
SQL Database Administrator Hedgeserv Corporation New York, NY Jun 27, 2016 $127,000
SQL DBA Engineer Scottrade, Inc. Saint Louis, MO Dec 10, 2015 $89,610
SQL Server Database Administrator III Rackspace Us, Inc. San Antonio, TX May 31, 2016 $89,295
SQL Database Administrator System Soft Technologies LLC King of Prussia, PA Aug 21, 2015 $88,704
SQL Database Administrator System Soft Technologies LLC Malvern, PA Aug 18, 2015 $88,704
SQL Database Administrator System Soft Technologies, LLC. King of Prussia, PA Apr 15, 2015 $88,704
SR SQL Server Database Administrator Koch Business Solutions LP Wichita, KS Jan 17, 2015 $88,587 -
SQL Database Administrator Donegal Mutual Insurance Company Marietta, PA Mar 22, 2016 $88,067 -
SQL Server Database Administrator Genco I, Inc. Pittsburgh, PA Apr 04, 2016 $87,402 -
SQL Database Administrator SIRI Infosolutions Inc. San Francisco, CA Nov 23, 2015 $72,000
SQL DBA TEK Signature LLC Berkeley Lake, GA Mar 09, 2016 $72,000
SQL Server Database Administrator Decision Ready Solutions Irvine, CA Dec 27, 2016 $72,000
SQL DBA TEK Signature LLC Berkeley Lake, GA Sep 23, 2016 $72,000
SQL Database Administrator Waynsys, Inc. Edison, NJ Nov 18, 2016 $72,000
SQL DBA Waynsys Inc. Farmington, CT Jun 09, 2015 $72,000
SQL Database Administrator SIRI Infosolutions Inc. San Francisco, CA Mar 14, 2016 $72,000
SQL Database Administrator and Developer TEK Services, LLC Sacramento, CA Aug 25, 2016 $72,000

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Top Skills for A SQL Database Administrator


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Top SQL Database Administrator Skills

  1. Microsoft SQL Server
  2. Database Backup
  3. Windows Server
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Developed an online administration system using and Microsoft SQL Server for maintaining web database of live interactive game transactions using Java.
  • Created different database maintenance plans for database optimization, integrity checks and database backups.
  • Worked on 2008R2/2008& 2003 windows servers including Active Directory and proper disk configurations.
  • Implemented trigger and stored procedures for database audit and security to enforced business rules.
  • Worked in Active/Passive Clustered Environment.

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