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Database Admin

Database Administrators organize and manage a company’s data.

Database administrators ensure that business data is accurate, available and secure. The corporate database is the heart of key business systems that drive payroll, manufacturing, sales and more, so database administrators are recognized – and rewarded – for playing a crucial role in an organization’s success. Beyond database administrators’ high salary potential, DBA roles offer the personal satisfaction of solving business problems and seeing (in real-time) how your hard work benefits the firm.

A typical database administration learning plan begins with an undergraduate degree in computer science, database management, computer information systems (CIS) or a related field of study. A balance of technical, business and communication skills is critical to a database administrator’s success and upward mobility, so the next step in a DBA’s education is often a graduate degree with an information systems concentration, such as a MBA in Management Information Systems (MIS) or CIS. Database administrators can continue to learn and advance their career by getting certified in one or more database management systems (DBMS); in-demand DBMS include Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, IBM DB2 & MySQL. Learn more about DBA education requirements and compare the top-rated database administrator training programs.

a.k.a. DBA | Database Analyst | Database Manager | Oracle DBA | SQL Database Administrator


Skills and Responsibilities

Typical day-to-day duties and in-demand skill sets for DBAs include the following. Database administrators:

  • Implement, support and manage the corporate database.
  • Design and configure relational database objects.
  • Are responsible for data integrity and availability.
  • May design, deploy and monitor database servers.
  • Design data distribution and data archiving solutions.
  • Ensure database security, including backups & disaster recovery.
  • Plan and implement application and data provisioning.
  • Transfer database information to integrated mobile devices.
  • Some database administrators design and develop the corporate database.
  • Some DBAs analyze and report on corporate data to help shape business decisions.
  • Produce entity relationship & data flow diagrams, database normalization schemata,
    logical to physical database maps, and data table parameters.
  • Database administrators are proficient in one or more of the leading database
    management systems, such as, Microsoft SQL Server, IBM DB2, MySQL and Oracle.


DBA Salary

  • Average database administrator salary in USA: $82,000
Database Administrator Salary $82,000

Average salaries for database administrators and related positions:

  • Database Administrator: $82,000
  • SQL Server Database Administrator: $90,000
  • MySQL Database Administrator: $94,000
  • IBM DB2 Database Administrator: $97,000
  • Oracle Database Administrator: $98,000
  • PeopleSoft Database Administrator: $98,000
  • Senior SQL Database Administrator: $104,000
  • Senior Oracle Database Administrator: $106,000
  • Oracle Applications Specialist DBA: $107,000
  • Database Administration Team Leader: $144,000

Top five best paying U.S. cities for DBAs:

  1. San Jose, California: $94,000
  2. Los Angeles, California: $93,000
  3. Raleigh, North Carolina: $93,000
  4. San Francisco, California: $91,000
  5. New Haven, Connecticut: $88,000

The hourly wage for database administrators ranges from $26 to $90, depending on the DBA’s education, location, proficiency in known database systems, certifications and experience.


Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics •


Education Requirements

Database administration positions typically require at least a bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems (CIS), Computer Science, Database Administration or a related field of study. Many employers prefer to hire MBAs for database administration jobs, because in addition to the extra technical database training, MBAs are well-versed in key business domains, e.g., accounting, marketing and management, and they’re more adept at communicating with technical and non-technical employees – two traits of highly successful DBAs. Popular MBA concentrations for database administrators include Management Information Systems (MIS), Database Management and CIS. Database administrators can further distinguish themselves and advance their careers with specialized training and certifications in the leading database management systems, i.e., Oracle 11g, Microsoft SQL Server, IBM DB2, Sybase and MySQL.


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