Database Administrators


Salary Median (2017)


Projected Job Growth (2016-2026)

+11.5% (faster than the average)

Most Common Level of Education

Bachelor's Degree


What Database Administrators Do

Administer, test, and implement computer databases, applying knowledge of database management systems. Coordinate changes to computer databases. May plan, coordinate, and implement security measures to safeguard computer databases.

Other Job Titles Database Administrators May Have

Data Architect, Database Administration Manager, Database Administrator (DBA), Database Analyst, Database Coordinator, Database Developer, Database Programmer, Information Systems Manager, Management Information Systems Director (MIS Director), System Administrator

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Senior Database Administrator ,


My job involves installing, monitoring, and debugging database server installations.

Infrastructure Engineer ,

Plante Moran

A great day would include the culmination or completion, of a project, whether that task had been something relatively minor, or a large-scale project we'd been working on for months.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Develop standards and guidelines to guide the use and acquisition of software and to protect vulnerable information.
  • Modify existing databases and database management systems or direct programmers and analysts to make changes.
  • Test programs or databases, correct errors, and make necessary modifications.
  • Plan, coordinate and implement security measures to safeguard information in computer files against accidental or unauthorized damage, modification or disclosure.
  • Approve, schedule, plan, and supervise the installation and testing of new products and improvements to computer systems, such as the installation of new databases.

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