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Database Administrators

Database Administrators
Quick Facts : Database Administrators*
2010 Median Pay$73,490
Entry Level EducationBachelor's degree
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 2012110,800
Job Outlook31% (Much faster than average)
Employment Change33,900

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.

What Database Administrators Do

  • 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
  • Backup and restore data to prevent data loss

Work Environment

Database administrators work in many different types of industries, including computer systems design and related services firms, insurance companies, banks, and hospitals. Almost all of them work full time and about 25 percent work more than 40 hours per week.
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Job Outlook

Employment of database administrators (DBAs) is projected to grow 31 percent from 2010 to 2020, especially in the healthcare industries because, as the use of electronic medical records increases, more databases will be needed to keep track of patient information.
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The average salary of database administrators (DBAs) in May 2010 was $73,490.
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Becoming a Database Administrators

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 of Business Administration (MBA) with a concentration in information systems. An MBA typically requires 2 years of schooling after the undergraduate level.
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