Data Management Degrees

Career summary: Database Administrators

Average Salary


National Average, Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Career Outlook


15% job growth by 2022, which is faster than average

Earn a degree in data management from an accredited college


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Why should I get a management information systems degree?

Maybe you can create impressive PowerPoints or spreadsheets. When the computer (or your PlayStation) does rude things, perhaps you are good at figuring out how to troubleshoot. If you have strong technical skills and an affinity for math, statistics, and data, a degree in the information science area may be best for you. You can major in computer science, information science, or management information systems, which can all lead to database administration. You’d work with network administrators, and determine the best way to present data to users and keep information secure.

Job Description

What does a database administrator do?

Database administrators typically do the following:

  • 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
  • Merge old databases into new ones
  • Backup and restore data to prevent data loss
  • Ensure that organizational data is secure


How much will I make?

Database administrators made $75,730 on average in 2010. Network and systems administrators made slightly less. Database architects receive a median wage of $79,240. On average, occupations in this field have very similar salaries, between $70,000 and $80,000.

Career Outlook

How is the job market?

The increasing popularity of database-as-a-service, which allows database administration to be done by a third party over the Internet, could increase the employment of DBAs at cloud computing firms in the computer systems design and related services industry. Employment of DBAs is projected to grow 48 percent in this industry from 2012 to 2022.

Employment growth for database administrators is expected in healthcare industries because, as the use of electronic medical records increases, more databases will be needed to keep track of patient information. Employment of DBAs is projected to grow 43 percent in general medical and surgical hospitals from 2012 to 2022.

Career Path

What skills do I need?

  • Analytical skills. DBAs must be able to monitor a database system’s performance to determine when action is needed. They must be able to evaluate complex information that comes from a variety of sources.
  • Communication skills. Most database administrators work on teams and must be able to communicate effectively with developers, managers, and other workers.
  • Detail oriented. Working with databases requires an understanding of complex systems, in which a minor error can cause major problems. For example, mixing u customers’ credit card information can cause someone to be charged for a purchase he or she didn’t make.
  • Logical thinking. Database administrators use software to make sense of information and to arrange and organize it into meaningful patterns. The information is then stored in the databases that these workers manage, test, and maintain.
  • Problem-solving skills. When problems with a database arise, administrators must be able to diagnose and correct the problems.

Salary and career outlook data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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