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Database Administrators


Education

What’s Needed:

  • Database administrators also known as DBAs often have a bachelor?s degree in computer science information systems or a business field.
  • Some positions involving complex business databases favor candidates with an MBA along with technical experience.
  • Database administrators advance by assuming more management responsibility learning emerging technologies and demonstrating an understanding of business concerns.

What you study:

Study topics include:

  • Database languages
  • Database design and architecture
  • Systems administration
  • Networking technologies
  • Information security
  • Web technologies


Video Overview

Briefly summarizes the work of database administrators. Slightly out of date but still a useful overview. Produced for the US Department of Labor.


A Day in the Life

You safeguard an organization?s critical data.

As a database administrator you safeguard an organization?s critical data. When database applications are running smoothly you may feel almost invisible to co-workers. This morning however the human resources manager flags you down outside of your office. She explains in a panicked tone that the employee database has crashed and her staff is paralyzed until you fix it. You log in to the database back end and see SQL errors indicating massive data corruption. Keeping your expression neutral you politely see her out and promise to call shortly with an update. You then contact your manager who is working from home today with a heads up.

You track down a cyber attack that caused a database failure.

An hour later you have isolated the problem to gibberish injected into the one of the database tables. It is unlike any string you have seen before so you consult with the IT security expert. She pokes around and confirms your suspicion that a malicious attack rather than a system failure is the likely culprit. She warns you to prepare to do a full database restore from backups and disappears into her office affectionately called Fort Knox to work hacker magic.

A data restore is an exacting process with critical steps.

Two hours later you are cleared for a database restore from yesterday?s backup prior to the attack. After locking out all users from the application you shut it down. You have done nightly backups and regular test restores so you are confident of success. Nonetheless a full restore is an exacting process with several critical steps. Afterward you must check the integrity of the database its records and connections to other systems. You verify user access and then ask the HR manager to log in to her application and test common functions.

By the time you break for a hasty sandwich people are starting to leave. Only the IT team stays to wrap up the day?s events. Around 9 p.m. you and the security expert split a pizza while plugging the security hole that threatened your co-workers now relaxing at home.


Certifications and Licensing

Database administrators usually work with vendor applications and may find vendor certification useful or even required. As information security has become top priority DBAs should also consider vendor-neutral security certifications from the SANS Institute CompTIA and other recognized providers. DBAs specializing in certain applications such as healthcare databases might obtain industry certificates of knowledge.


Job Flexibility

Full-time versus part-time:

Most database administrators are employed full time and 25 percent regularly work overtime. They may handle emergency fixes or upgrades during evenings and weekends when users do not need system access.

Work location:

Almost all industries have need of database administrators. About 15 percent work for computer systems design companies offering IT services to clients. Many other DBAs are found in the data-intensive fields of finance insurance information management and education. Most DBAs work on site in offices and server rooms though they may travel for training or to assist other sites.


Recommended Websites

  • U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook ? The site explains the unique role that database administrators play on the IT team. Readers exploring IT career options should gain a clear sense of general duties and helpful personal qualities. For more information about database administration also visit other reputable websites about information technology.
  • IEEE Computer Society ? The IEEE Computer Society is a worldwide membership organization for computing professionals. The site features a useful student section with information on technical classes scholarships and grants and IEEE employer partners.
  • SANS Institute ? The SANS Institute promotes information security research and education. It offers a wealth of free resources such as training and security bulletins which provide good background for those considering the IT field. The site also describes the highly regarded SANS security certifications.
  • Association for Computing Machinery ? The ACM is a membership organization that promotes education and interest in computer-related fields. The site offers excellent resources for students and career changers investigating IT career options.


Salaries by City

See typical salaries and ranges for this career below*. Shift click to sort by more than one column — for example first shift-click on state and then shift-click on salary to find best and worst salaries in each state.

State City / Region Typical Salary Salary Range Job Count % of All Jobs
AK Anchorage $76070 $39K – $104K 100 0.06%
AL Birmingham – Hoover $67750 $39K – $107K 560 0.12%
AL Huntsville $81320 $41K – $125K 310 0.15%
AL Mobile $56590 $34K – $85K 230 0.14%
AL Montgomery $65620 $45K – $96K 450 0.29%
AL Tuscaloosa $46390 $32K – $84K 40 0.04%
AR Fayetteville – Springdale – Rogers $71080 $47K – $93K 230 0.11%
AR Fort Smith $68780 $37K – $94K 60 0.06%
AR Little Rock – North Little Rock – Conway $54600 $29K – $93K 710 0.21%
AZ Phoenix – Mesa – Glendale $71750 $44K – $112K 2300 0.13%
AZ Tucson $62360 $40K – $94K 270 0.08%
CA Bakersfield – Delano $67730 $34K – $92K 110 0.04%
CA Fresno $57700 $33K – $91K 110 0.04%
CA Los Angeles – Long Beach – Glendale (Metro Area) $84130 $46K – $136K 2320 0.06%
CA Modesto $83840 $45K – $145K 60 0.04%
CA Oakland – Fremont – Hayward (Metro Area) $87140 $48K – $128K 1020 0.11%
CA Oxnard – Thousand Oaks – Ventura $57990 $34K – $112K 310 0.11%
CA Riverside – San Bernardino – Ontario $76150 $42K – $110K 560 0.05%
CA Sacramento – Arden – Arcade – Roseville $76580 $38K – $114K 500 0.06%
CA Salinas $76860 $41K – $114K 100 0.06%
CA San Diego – Carlsbad – San Marcos $83940 $47K – $121K 930 0.07%
CA San Francisco – San Mateo – Redwood City (Metro Area) $96190 $58K – $140K 1130 0.11%
CA San Jose – Sunnyvale – Santa Clara $96900 $49K – $144K 1510 0.17%
CA Santa Ana – Anaheim – Irvine (Metro Area) $81870 $44K – $125K 1130 0.08%
CA Santa Barbara – Santa Maria – Goleta $69350 $49K – $122K 100 0.06%
CA Santa Cruz – Watsonville $77860 $52K – $113K 40 0.05%
CA Santa Rosa – Petaluma $83230 $50K – $122K 80 0.04%
CA Stockton $64550 $40K – $92K 40 0.02%
CA Vallejo – Fairfield $76760 $48K – $112K 70 0.05%
CA Visalia – Porterville $67450 $37K – $92K 40 0.03%
CO Boulder $79620 $45K – $140K 210 0.13%
CO Colorado Springs $86090 $45K – $118K 320 0.13%
CO Denver – Aurora – Broomfield $83220 $46K – $122K 1420 0.12%
CO Fort Collins – Loveland $87590 $47K – $113K 90 0.07%
CT Bridgeport – Stamford – Norwalk $76720 $44K – $133K 400 0.10%
CT Danbury $57210 $38K – $121K 30 0.05%
CT Hartford – West Hartford – East Hartford $84410 $51K – $130K 620 0.11%
CT New Haven $88280 $60K – $121K 160 0.06%
CT Norwich – New London $75180 $43K – $111K 60 0.05%
DC Washington – Arlington – Alexandria (Metro Area) $97980 $52K – $142K 5130 0.22%
DE Dover $62030 $50K – $120K 30 0.06%
DE Wilmington (Metro Area) $93160 $55K – $123K 390 0.12%
FL Cape Coral – Fort Myers $78140 $54K – $105K 70 0.03%
FL Crestview – Fort Walton Beach – Destin $70950 $45K – $110K 70 0.09%
FL Deltona – Daytona Beach – Ormond Beach $70660 $42K – $114K 60 0.04%
FL Fort Lauderdale – Pompano Beach – Deerfield Beach (Metro Area) $74990 $41K – $110K 600 0.08%
FL Gainesville $61940 $44K – $86K 80 0.07%
FL Jacksonville $77140 $44K – $114K 520 0.09%
FL Lakeland – Winter Haven $70470 $42K – $94K 130 0.07%
FL Miami – Miami Beach – Kendall (Metro Area) $74910 $46K – $135K 710 0.07%
FL Naples – Marco Island $67690 $46K – $95K 30 0.03%
FL North Port – Bradenton – Sarasota $71800 $36K – $118K 150 0.06%
FL Ocala $60770 $35K – $95K 40 0.04%
FL Orlando – Kissimmee – Sanford $71080 $44K – $109K 870 0.09%
FL Palm Bay – Melbourne – Titusville $77860 $41K – $107K 210 0.11%
FL Pensacola – Ferry Pass – Brent $60310 $38K – $90K 80 0.05%
FL Port St. Lucie $71220 $45K – $93K 50 0.04%
FL Tallahassee $58990 $40K – $86K 240 0.15%
FL Tampa – St. Petersburg – Clearwater $81690 $43K – $114K 1450 0.13%
FL West Palm Beach – Boca Raton – Boynton Beach (Metro Area) $78860 $49K – $103K 340 0.07%
GA Albany $61850 $44K – $91K 30 0.06%
GA Athens – Clarke County $72220 $55K – $120K 40 0.05%
GA Atlanta – Sandy Springs – Marietta $84950 $50K – $122K 3130 0.14%
GA Augusta – Richmond County $70620 $40K – $107K 80 0.04%
GA Columbus $74110 $49K – $115K 70 0.07%
GA Dalton $77320 $47K – $129K 50 0.08%
GA Gainesville $82840 $39K – $114K 30 0.05%
GA Savannah $60210 $47K – $115K 50 0.04%
HI Honolulu $64920 $43K – $89K 210 0.05%
IA Cedar Rapids $69770 $39K – $101K 160 0.12%
IA Davenport – Moline – Rock Island $71310 $41K – $113K 130 0.07%
IA Des Moines – West Des Moines $81390 $41K – $109K 360 0.11%
IA Dubuque $60320 $35K – $94K 50 0.10%
IA Iowa City $58310 $44K – $87K 70 0.08%
IA Waterloo – Cedar Falls $62010 $36K – $77K 50 0.05%
ID Boise City – Nampa $68170 $37K – $109K 150 0.06%
IL Bloomington – Normal $77230 $50K – $103K N/A N/A
IL Champaign – Urbana $68670 $50K – $114K 60 0.06%
IL Chicago – Joliet – Naperville (Metro Area) $85470 $50K – $120K 3770 0.10%
IL Lake County – Kenosha County (Metro Area) $68780 $43K – $111K 320 0.09%
IL Peoria $56710 $37K – $92K 70 0.04%
IL Rockford $62980 $38K – $95K 50 0.03%
IL Springfield $56350 $41K – $75K 70 0.06%
IN Bloomington $68110 $43K – $92K 110 0.15%
IN Evansville $70650 $31K – $110K 60 0.04%
IN Fort Wayne $62300 $38K – $99K 90 0.05%
IN Gary (Metro Area) $43790 $31K – $97K 100 0.04%
IN Indianapolis – Carmel $72120 $42K – $109K 910 0.10%
IN Lafayette $67190 $42K – $94K 50 0.06%
IN Muncie $75870 $40K – $114K 30 0.07%
IN South Bend – Mishawaka $43890 $31K – $76K 60 0.05%
IN Terre Haute $59410 $32K – $93K N/A N/A
KS Lawrence $72620 $39K – $95K 50 0.12%
KS Topeka $65690 $49K – $109K 110 0.10%
KS Wichita $75040 $46K – $110K 170 0.06%
KY Bowling Green $72680 $43K – $95K 40 0.08%
KY Elizabethtown $80930 $39K – $119K N/A N/A
KY Lexington – Fayette $54260 $36K – $82K 250 0.10%
KY Louisville – Jefferson County $71630 $39K – $111K 390 0.06%
LA Baton Rouge $68050 $43K – $96K 80 0.02%
LA Lafayette $48660 $36K – $78K 50 0.03%
LA New Orleans – Metairie – Kenner $65130 $40K – $95K 140 0.03%
LA Shreveport – Bossier City $60240 $44K – $100K 70 0.04%
MA Boston – Cambridge – Quincy (Metro Area) $83820 $51K – $127K 3110 0.18%
MA Framingham (Metro Area) $6352Billerica – Chelmsford (Metro Area) $76010 $36K – $135K 160 0.14%
MA Springfield $75570 $44K – $123K 210 0.07%
MA Worcester $80760 $51K – $119K 410 0.17%
MD Baltimore – Towson $78270 $46K – $122K 1690 0.13%
MD Bethesda – Rockville – Frederick (Metro Area) $96340 $55K – $132K 1060 0.19%
MD Hagerstown – Martinsburg $63650 $35K – $118K 130 0.13%
ME Portland – South Portland – Biddeford $68850 $42K – $106K 150 0.08%
MI Ann Arbor $68570 $47K – $97K 240 0.12%
MI Detroit – Livonia – Dearborn (Metro Area) $79910 $42K – $116K 600 0.09%
MI Grand Rapids – Wyoming $63660 $36K – $106K 240 0.06%
MI Holland – Grand Haven $54310 $30K – $85K 80 0.08%
MI Kalamazoo – Portage $65880 $35K – $95K 30 0.02%
MI Lansing – East Lansing $54990 $29K – $89K N/A N/A
MI Saginaw – Saginaw Township North $67700 $48K – $109K 40 0.05%
MI Warren – Troy – Farmington Hills (Metro Area) $70990 $43K – $107K 960 0.09%
MN Duluth $48900 $36K – $67K 50 0.04%
MN Minneapolis – St. Paul – Bloomington $81000 $50K – $119K 2220 0.13%
MN Rochester $86190 $51K – $114K 60 0.06%
MN St. Cloud $66560 $44K – $95K 40 0.04%
MO Columbia $68580 $35K – $100K 60 0.07%
MO Jefferson City $54210 $33K – $102K 50 0.08%
MO Joplin $59490 $33K – $84K 60 0.08%
MO Kansas City $73870 $42K – $114K 1070 0.11%
MO Springfield $60760 $32K – $91K 80 0.04%
MO St. Louis $81230 $46K – $115K 2100 0.16%
MS Gulfport – Biloxi $53120 $34K – $75K 40 0.03%
MS Jackson $51160 $32K – $90K 270 0.11%
MS Pascagoula $55970 $41K – $75K 30 0.06%
NC Asheville $59680 $42K – $96K 60 0.03%
NC Charlotte – Gastonia – Rock Hill $88720 $45K – $124K 790 0.09%
NC Durham – Chapel Hill $80310 $48K – $119K 340 0.12%
NC Greensboro – High Point $79760 $42K – $122K 210 0.06%
NC Hickory – Lenoir – Morganton $63250 $35K – $84K 40 0.03%
NC Jacksonville $79520 $64K – $113K N/A N/A
NC Raleigh – Cary $90600 $52K – $119K 580 0.11%
NC Wilmington $59300 $40K – $99K 50 0.04%
NC Winston – Salem $70710 $37K – $112K 80 0.04%
ND Bismarck $66670 $35K – $90K 50 0.07%
ND Fargo $66140 $44K – $99K 90 0.07%
NE Lincoln $64280 $40K – $97K 120 0.08%
NE Omaha – Council Bluffs $78480 $44K – $113K 690 0.15%
NH Manchester $78180 $33K – $115K 110 0.11%
NH Nashua (Metro Area) $76720 $46K – $109K 150 0.12%
NJ Atlantic City – Hammonton $57270 $43K – $104K 40 0.03%
NJ Camden (Metro Area) $83970 $43K – $132K 240 0.05%
NJ Edison – New Brunswick (Metro Area) $80620 $63K – $121K 1470 0.15%
NJ Newark – Union (Metro Area) $87110 $49K – $121K 750 0.08%
NJ Trenton – Ewing $98350 $55K – $137K 280 0.13%
NM Albuquerque $72440 $40K – $105K 240 0.06%
NM Santa Fe $58610 $34K – $80K 70 0.11%
NV Las Vegas – Paradise $80720 $42K – $120K 370 0.05%
NV Reno – Sparks $47620 $40K – $82K 110 0.06%
NY Albany – Schenectady – Troy $78860 $43K – $99K 720 0.17%
NY Binghamton $52330 $34K – $86K 50 0.05%
NY Buffalo – Niagara Falls $65980 $37K – $104K 340 0.06%
NY Nassau – Suffolk (Metro Area) $79420 $40K – $126K 780 0.06%
NY New York – White Plains – Wayne (Metro Area) $88250 $48K – $142K 5360 0.10%
NY Poughkeepsie – Newburgh – Middletown $77590 $44K – $113K 70 0.03%
NY Rochester $72900 $42K – $107K 470 0.09%
NY Syracuse $62630 $40K – $93K 180 0.06%
NY Utica – Rome $48720 $35K – $95K 90 0.07%
OH Akron $73840 $48K – $101K 220 0.07%
OH Canton – Massillon $52630 $41K – $94K 80 0.05%
OH Cincinnati – Middletown $73670 $45K – $109K 1020 0.10%
OH Cleveland – Elyria – Mentor $60990 $39K – $106K 710 0.07%
OH Columbus $83000 $47K – $114K 1220 0.13%
OH Dayton $74330 $47K – $119K 420 0.12%
OH Toledo $65780 $41K – $97K 190 0.06%
OH Youngstown – Warren – Boardman $72080 $44K – $102K 110 0.05%
OK Oklahoma City $61670 $40K – $92K 410 0.07%
OK Tulsa $69950 $41K – $109K 250 0.06%
OR Eugene – Springfield $74490 $43K – $95K 80 0.06%
OR Portland – Vancouver – Hillsboro $79150 $43K – $114K 950 0.10%
OR Salem $67800 $36K – $93K 100 0.07%
PA Allentown – Bethlehem – Easton $74350 $44K – $123K 220 0.07%
PA Erie $59800 $34K – $101K 60 0.05%
PA Harrisburg – Carlisle $66650 $39K – $100K 420 0.14%
PA Lancaster $67800 $41K – $96K 80 0.03%
PA Philadelphia (Metro Area) $76360 $48K – $115K 1850 0.10%
PA Pittsburgh $78150 $44K – $115K 1230 0.11%
PA Reading $73420 $34K – $112K 70 0.04%
PA Scranton – Wilkes – Barre $70200 $33K – $106K 100 0.04%
PA York – Hanover $62650 $45K – $87K 80 0.05%
PR San Juan – Caguas – Guaynabo $44570 $24K – $76K 330 0.04%
RI Providence – Fall River – Warwick $81080 $50K – $114K 420 0.08%
SC Charleston – North Charleston – Summerville $58750 $35K – $111K 170 0.06%
SC Columbia $57000 $35K – $92K 310 0.09%
SC Greenville – Mauldin – Easley $63670 $36K – $93K 290 0.10%
SC Spartanburg $62930 $33K – $94K 70 0.06%
SD Sioux Falls $73040 $50K – $100K 70 0.05%
TN Chattanooga $79490 $38K – $112K 140 0.06%
TN Clarksville $72770 $41K – $94K N/A N/A
TN Johnson City $56130 $40K – $80K 40 0.05%
TN Kingsport – Bristol – Bristol $48120 $30K – $91K 40 0.03%
TN Knoxville $71390 $40K – $101K 260 0.08%
TN Memphis $81080 $43K – $113K 330 0.06%
TN Nashville – Davidson – Murfreesboro – Franklin $74220 $41K – $108K 640 0.09%
TX Abilene $60240 $30K – $76K 40 0.07%
TX Amarillo $87830 $50K – $123K 50 0.05%
TX Austin – Round Rock – San Marcos $78120 $42K – $117K 1410 0.17%
TX Beaumont – Port Arthur $64140 $37K – $112K 70 0.04%
TX College Station – Bryan $54440 $29K – $85K 60 0.06%
TX Corpus Christi $63080 $39K – $96K 70 0.04%
TX Dallas – Plano – Irving (Metro Area) $79440 $41K – $116K 3300 0.16%
TX El Paso $60970 $39K – $105K 150 0.06%
TX Fort Worth – Arlington (Metro Area) $79110 $43K – $113K 880 0.10%
TX Houston – Sugar Land – Baytown $74900 $41K – $120K 2140 0.08%
TX Killeen – Temple – Fort Hood $67750 $40K – $116K 100 0.08%
TX Lubbock $61770 $36K – $100K 50 0.04%
TX McAllen – Edinburg – Mission $57990 $37K – $85K 70 0.03%
TX San Antonio – New Braunfels $76140 $45K – $107K 780 0.09%
TX Tyler $54560 $35K – $112K 40 0.04%
TX Waco $65340 $36K – $103K 50 0.05%
UT Ogden – Clearfield $84880 $61K – $112K 80 0.04%
UT Provo – Orem $81610 $45K – $117K 210 0.12%
UT Salt Lake City $81440 $46K – $113K 520 0.08%
VA Charlottesville $77630 $44K – $131K 170 0.17%
VA Harrisonburg $68910 $41K – $110K 40 0.07%
VA Lynchburg $47540 $31K – $94K 50 0.05%
VA Richmond $86030 $47K – $119K 860 0.14%
VA Roanoke $61330 $41K – $112K 90 0.06%
VA Virginia Beach – Norfolk – Newport News $68250 $43K – $108K 690 0.10%
VT Burlington – South Burlington $53030 $35K – $102K 60 0.05%
WA Kennewick – Pasco – Richland $83560 $49K – $123K 40 0.04%
WA Olympia $64160 $50K – $88K 40 0.04%
WA Seattle – Bellevue – Everett (Metro Area) $89810 $57K – $123K 2160 0.15%
WA Spokane $80630 $45K – $119K 80 0.04%
WA Tacoma (Metro Area) $77740 $43K – $117K 90 0.03%
WI Appleton $70320 $40K – $96K 60 0.06%
WI Eau Claire $75420 $46K – $110K 30 0.04%
WI Fond du Lac $58520 $40K – $96K 30 0.07%
WI Green Bay $54760 $38K – $92K 230 0.14%
WI Madison $63020 $35K – $100K 450 0.13%
WI Milwaukee – Waukesha – West Allis $83110 $50K – $115K 930 0.12%
WI Oshkosh – Neenah $78180 $44K – $112K 70 0.07%
WV Charleston $51680 $34K – $79K 90 0.06%
WV Morgantown $52710 $32K – $80K 70 0.11%
WY Cheyenne $50170 $39K – $82K 100 0.24%

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