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What is a Database Administrator?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (“BLS”), the U.S. Department of Labor’s principal fact- finding agency for the federal government in the field of labor, economics, and statistics that provides data on employment and wages, 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 secure from unauthorized access.
Database Administrators typically do the following:
• Ensure that organizational data are secure
• Back up and restore data to prevent data loss
• Identify user needs to create and administer databases
• Ensure that databases operate efficiently and without error
• Make and test modifications to database structure when needed
• Maintain databases and update permissions
• Merge old databases into new ones
Database Administrators, often called DBAs, make sure that data analysts and other users can easily use databases to find the information they need and that systems perform as they should. Some DBAs oversee the development of new databases. They have to determine the needs of the database and who will be using it. They often monitor database performance and conduct performance-tuning support.
Many databases contain personal or financial information, making security important. Database Administrators often plan security measures, making sure that data are secure from unauthorized access.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Database Administrators,
How Much Does a Database Administrator Get Paid?*
According to JobsEQ, a labor market data provider developed by economists and data scientists, Database Administrators made an annual average salary of $96,100 in 2019.
The top 25% of earners made an annual average salary of $120,900 and the bottom 25% of Database Administrators earned $68,300 in 2019. Individuals who started out as an entry-level Database Administrator in 2019 made $56,700 on average.
These numbers may vary based on geography and labor market.
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*Source: JobsEQ®. Wage data are as of 2019 and represent the average for all Covered Employment
Best-paying states for Database Administrators **
According to the BLS, the states and districts that paid Database Administrators the highest average annual salary in 2019 were New Jersey ($115,050), Washington ($113,280), Connecticut ($106,030), Massachusetts ($103,370) and California ($101,560).
**Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics (“BLS”). Data as of May 2019
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Database Administrator Job Outlook***
The role of Database Administrator has steadily grown over the last 5 years . According to JobsEQ, the occupation is projected to grow 5.4 percent by 2025, which translates to over 7,000 new job openings annually for database administrators over the next five years
***Source: JobsEQ, Data as of 2020Q1, The shaded areas of the graph represent national recessions.
Database Administrator Job Skills and Knowledge
According to O*NET Resource Center, people in this career often have these skills:
• Data base management system software — Apache Cassandra; Oracle PL/SQL; SAP Replication Server; Teradata Database
• Data base user interface and query software — Apache Hive; Microsoft Access; Oracle JDBC; Structured query language SQL
• Development environment software — Apache Ant; Eclipse IDE; Microsoft Visual Basic; Ruby
• Object or component oriented development software — C#; jQuery; Python; Scala
People in this career often know a lot about:
• Computers and Electronics – Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Source: O*NET Resource Center