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Average Wages

Database Administrators


Industry Outlook

Career outlook is: good for the next 12-18 months

Job Description

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.


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

Average Career Wages

Co-Op / Internship

Securing an internship for this position is a good way in which to understand the expectations required for full time employment.

Typical Job Tasks

  • Modify software programs to improve performance.
  • Assess database performance.
  • Implement security measures for computer or information systems.
  • Develop computer or information security policies or procedures.
  • Update computer database information.
  • Create databases to store electronic data.


  • Develop database parameters or specifications.
  • Write computer programming code.
  • Coordinate project activities with other personnel or departments.
  • Develop performance metrics or standards related to information technology.
  • Develop guidelines for system implementation.
  • Read documents to gather technical information.
  • Estimate time or monetary resources needed to complete projects.
  • Train others in computer interface or software use.
  • Coordinate software or hardware installation.
  • Develop detailed project plans.
  • Analyze data to identify trends or relationships among variables.
  • Analyze market or customer related data.
  • Develop models of information or communications systems.


Required Skills

People in this career often have these skills:
  • Critical Thinking – Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
  • Complex Problem Solving – Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
  • Active Listening – Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
  • Active Learning – Figuring out how to use new ideas or things.
  • Reading Comprehension – Reading work-related information.
  • Judgment and Decision Making – Thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one.


  • Writing – Writing things for co-workers or customers.
  • Speaking – Talking to others.
  • Monitoring – Keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements.
  • Programming – Writing computer programs.
  • Systems Evaluation – Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.
  • Systems Analysis – Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it.


Projected Employment Numbers


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2026 Employment

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What Experience and Education do you Require?

Individuals in this field typically have:

  1.  Bachelor’s degree
  2.  No work experience
  3.  No on-the-job training

Typical Education Level Required

Background Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:
  • Computers and Electronics – Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Successful people in this career have ...

  • Information Ordering – Ordering or arranging things.
  • Problem Sensitivity – Noticing when problems happen.
  • Deductive Reasoning – Using rules to solve problems.
  • Inductive Reasoning – Making general rules or coming up with answers from lots of detailed information.
  • Oral Comprehension – Listening and understanding what people say.


  • Written Comprehension – Reading and understanding what is written.
  • Near Vision – Seeing details up close.
  • Flexibility of Closure – Seeing hidden patterns.
  • Speech Clarity – Speaking clearly.
  • Oral Expression – Communicating by speaking.