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Database Administrator

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

A Database Administrator uses software to store and organize data, such as an organization's records or financial information. Ensures that users can easily access the information they need, and that data are protected from unauthorized access.

Job Outlook

There were 624 Database Administrator job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 17826 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Database Administrator industry, which includes the Database Administrator career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2015:

Salary

Many new Database Administrator jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $91,534.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $89,724.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Database Administrator postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $78,882.

Education and Experience

Posted Database Administrator jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree6.06%
Bachelor's Degree58.43%
Master's Degree8.68%
Doctoral Degree1.59%
Other5.13%

Posted Database Administrator jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years13.45%
3 to 5 years46.7%
6 to 8 years23.45%
9+ years16.4%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Database Administrator positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Troubleshooting (Problem Solving) (44.78%)
  • Management (34.09%)
  • Communication (30.2%)
  • Problem Solving (24.14%)
  • Operations (22.32%)
  • Information Technology (17.99%)
  • Planning (14.75%)
  • Writing (13.05%)
  • Customer Service (10.58%)
  • Leadership (10.2%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Computer Science (32.29%)
  • Database Tuning (10.73%)
  • Database Security (14.28%)
  • Database Servers (8.14%)
  • Database Administration (84.94%)
  • Microsoft SQL Servers (27.43%)
  • Performance Tuning (28.64%)
  • SQL (Programming Language) (55.74%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Database Management (15.65%)
  • Agile Methodology (9.25%)
  • Database Systems (18.61%)
  • Application Development (8.48%)
  • Technical Support (8.99%)
  • Microsoft Access (14.48%)
  • Auditing (11.81%)
  • Microsoft Azure (17.5%)
  • Automation (19.28%)
  • Data Analysis (8.15%)
  • Business Requirements (9.97%)
  • Backup Devices (19.5%)
  • Information Systems (9.91%)
  • Amazon Web Services (20.19%)
  • Data Integrity (10.03%)
  • Change Management (8.04%)
  • Extract Transform Load (ETL) (11.7%)
  • IT Capacity Management (11.79%)
  • Unix (9.63%)
  • Data Warehousing (10.88%)
  • Operating Systems (14.12%)
  • IBM DB2 (11.46%)
  • Data Entry (2.39%)
  • Data Management (7.73%)
  • Disaster Recovery (25.38%)
  • Database Design (20.29%)
  • Database Management Systems (15.35%)
  • Relational Database Management Systems (10.57%)
  • SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) (9.11%)
  • MongoDB (8.15%)
  • MySQL (14.72%)
  • Data Modeling (15.15%)
  • Linux (18.84%)
  • Relational Databases (11.66%)
  • PostgreSQL (20.44%)
  • Python (Programming Language) (14.87%)
  • Scalability (9.46%)
  • Project Management (10.95%)
  • PL/SQL (7.55%)
  • Oracle Databases (9.51%)
  • Windows PowerShell (13.02%)
  • Stored Procedure (12.27%)
  • Transact-SQL (8.57%)
  • Scripting (20.88%)
  • SQL Server Reporting Services (8.34%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Oracle Database Administration (DBA) (4.22%)
  • Database Upgrades (4.83%)
  • Database Architecture (5.14%)
  • Sybase (Software) (3.61%)
  • Oracle Data Guard (1.9%)
  • Cloud Database (2.71%)
  • Log Shipping (2.89%)
  • Recovery Manager (RMAN) (3.13%)
  • Query Optimization (5.92%)

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is listed.

  • Oracle Database Administration (DBA) (5.72%)
  • Sybase (Software) (4.9%)
  • Computer Science (43.76%)
  • Database Tuning (14.54%)
  • Oracle Data Guard (2.57%)
  • Microsoft SQL Servers (37.18%)
  • Query Optimization (8.02%)
  • Recovery Manager (RMAN) (4.25%)
  • SQL (Programming Language) (75.56%)

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Database Administrator skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • SQL Database Administrator
  • Db2 Database Administrator
  • PostgreSQL Database Administrator
  • Storage Administrator
  • Postgres Database Administrator
  • Data Administrator
  • GIS Database Administrator
  • Systems Database Administrator
  • Datapower Administrator

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Database Administrator jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Leidos (304)
  • Ensono (201)
  • Guidehouse (193)
  • KPMG (190)
  • Robert Half (189)
  • Randstad (184)
  • CTG (181)
  • Elevance Health (166)
  • Accenture (160)
  • Old Dominion Freight Line (159)

North Carolina

  • MetLife (34)
  • Genesis10 (16)
  • General Dynamics (12)
  • Randstad (12)
  • Technical Solutions And Maintenance (11)
  • Old Dominion Freight Line (11)
  • Fidelity Investments (10)
  • TEKsystems (10)
  • Atlantic Digital (10)
  • KPMG (10)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!