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Career Profile: Database Administrators

Administer, test, and implement computer databases, applying knowledge of database management systems. Coordinate changes to computer databases. Identify, investigate, and resolve database performance issues, database capacity, and database scalability. May plan, coordinate, and implement security measures to safeguard computer databases.

Salary and Outlook

According to the US Department of Labor, there are 168,000 people employed as database administrators in the United States. The median annual salary is $98,900. Entry level employees earn approximately $54,070 per year and senior employees earn approximately $155,660 per year.

Estimates do not include other potential benefits such as health insurance, overtime pay, or retirement benefits that may be offered by employers.

Job Duties

  • Select and enter codes to monitor database performance and to create production database.
  • Test programs or databases, correct errors, and make necessary modifications.
  • Train users and answer questions.
  • Review workflow charts developed by programmer analyst to understand tasks computer will perform, such as updating records.
  • Approve, schedule, plan, and supervise the installation and testing of new products and improvements to computer systems, such as the installation of new databases.
  • Identify and evaluate industry trends in database systems to serve as a source of information and advice for upper management.
  • Develop data model describing data elements and how they are used, following procedures and using pen, template, or computer software.
  • Plan, coordinate, and implement security measures to safeguard information in computer files against accidental or unauthorized damage, modification or disclosure.
  • Modify existing databases and database management systems or direct programmers and analysts to make changes.
  • Specify users and user access levels for each segment of database.
  • Write and code logical and physical database descriptions and specify identifiers of database to management system, or direct others in coding descriptions.
  • Develop standards and guidelines for the use and acquisition of software and to protect vulnerable information.
  • Review procedures in database management system manuals to make changes to database.
  • Revise company definition of data as defined in data dictionary.

Career List

Job Outlook


Total Current Jobs:
168,000
Annual Openings:
13,900
Increase in Openings by 2030:
8%
Annual Salary Range:
$54,070 - $155,660
Education Requirements:
Bachelor's degree