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Database Administrator

Career Overview

Database administrators are in charge of the electronic storage of information for a business or organization.  They devise structure for a database and the methods and protocols that allow users to access and update information.  They are versed in the various forms of database management systems software; it is their job to modify, upgrade or integrate databases so that they can interact.

Integration often means migrating data from an old system into a new one.  That requires teaching users how to utilize the new system and networking it into remote sites that the business may maintain, such as an overseas sales office. 

Education

Database administrators usually enter the field with bachelors degrees in computer science, information science, or management information systems.  Some database administrators with associates degrees got into the business early on and have maintained their position due to experience, which is especially valuable in this type of employment.

Current Employment

The U.S. Department of Labor reports that in 2006 there were about 119,000 database administrators working in the United States.  Many are employed by companies that provide networking and data services on contract to businesses that need them.

Job Outlook

Database administrator is projected to be one of the fastest growing job classifications in the country over the next several years.  The Department of Labor estimates that job opportunities for this position will grow by 37% over the decade from 2006 -2016; that is over three and a half times the average growth rate for all other job categories combined.

Salary Range

Lowest 10% $18.70 $38,890

Salary Range $32.33 $67,250

Highest 10% $51.37 $106,860

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