Your Next Move: Database Administrator

Are you organized, security focused and able to understand structures well? If so, then database administration may be the next move for you.

YNM Database Administrator

This article is part of an IT Career News series called Your Next Move. These articles take an inside look at the roles related to CompTIA certifications. Each article will include the responsibilities, qualifications, related job titles and salary range for the role. As you consider the next move in your IT career, check back with CompTIA to learn more about your job prospects and how to get there.

Database administrators are the gatekeepers of information. With the rise of big data, a career in database administration can be very lucrative for someone who is organized and security focused.

What Is a Database Administrator?

A database administrator manages all aspects of an organized database environment including:

  • Configuring and maintaining the database management system
  • Creating policies for the maintenance, security and use of the database management system
  • Training employees in how to use the database management system
  • Updating the database code as new technologies emerge
  • Recovering and backing up data as needed

How To Become a Database Administrator

Most database administrators have earned their bachelor’s degree in computer science, information systems or a related field. Some larger companies require a master’s degree. A database administrator must be fluent in the coding language of the database they use – the most common is SQL. Many database administrators also have a strong understanding of Linux.

Most database administrators have a couple years of experience working in IT, and common entry-level jobs that lead to database administration include database developer and data analyst. Earning IT certifications like CompTIA Data+ can help prove that you have the knowledge employers are looking for.

CompTIA Data+ will teach you how to manipulate data, apply statistical methods and analyze complex datasets throughout the entire data lifecycle.

The Details

Salary Range

The median salary and wage for a database administrator is $96,710 per year as of May 2021, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). This is 111% higher than the median national wage for all occupations.

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Job Outlook

From 2023 to 2033, tech jobs are projected to be among the fastest-growing occupations at nearly double the national estimated growth rate. The need for database administrators will continue to grow, reaching about 163,000 by 2033. The 10-year projected growth rate for database administrators is 35% above the national rate.

Source: CompTIA State of the Tech Workforce 2023 | BLS | Lightcast

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