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Careers in the USA: Database Administrators

Database Administrators
Database administrators ensure that data are available to many different users.

Quick Facts: Database Administrators

2012 Median Pay
$77,080 per year
$37.06 per hour

Entry-Level Education
Bachelor’s degree

Work Experience in a Related Occupation
Less than 5 years

On-the-job Training
None

Number of Jobs, 2012
118,700

Job Outlook, 2012-22
15% (Faster than average)

Employment Change, 2012-22
17,900

What Database Administrators Do
Database administrators (DBAs) use specialized software to store and organize data, such as financial information and customer shipping records. They make sure that data are available to users and are secure from unauthorized access.

Work Environment
Almost all database administrators work full time. About a quarter worked more than 40 hours per week in 2012.

How to Become a Database Administrator
Database administrators usually have a bachelor’s degree in an information- or computer- related subject. Before becoming an administrator, these workers typically get work experience in a related field.

Pay
The median annual wage for database administrators was $77,080 in May 2012.

Job Outlook
Employment of database administrators is projected to grow 15 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. Growth in this occupation will be driven by the increased data needs of companies across the economy.

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