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Database Development and Business Intelligence

Job Titles - Data Architect, Data Management Director, Database Analyst, Database Report Writer, Data Warehouse Manager, Business Intelligence Analyst, Architect, Developer, or Specialist; Business Intelligence Specialist.

What they do - Database administrators 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. They develop backup systems to prevent data loss in case of a disaster. They also help companies determine their data needs and set up systems to store and manage mission critical data. The Business Intelligent specialist dissects, analyzes and reports on data such as customer data, supply chain data, transaction data and histories, and others. Some examples of job functions of Database Admins and BI Specialists include:

  • Test and administer computer databases
  • Coordinate changes and correct errors to computer databases
  • Apply security measures to safeguard information
  • Analyze market strategies through examining competitors and share trends
  • Collect and compile data from public information, industry reports or purchased sources
  • Produce business intelligence and trend data to support recommendations for plans of action

Education - Database administrators usually have a bachelor’s degree in an information or computer related subject such as computer science. Database administrators need an understanding of database languages, the most common of which is Structured Query Language (SQL). Learn more about Database Administration.

Certifications - Some of the main vendors that offer certification are Oracle, MySQL, and Microsoft. Microsoft offers Microsoft Certified Database Administrator (MCDBA), Oracle offers database certification in its different DBMS versions as well as MySQL. 

Pay - The median annual wage for database administrators was $81,710 in May 2015. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $45,460, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $127,080.*

Job Outlook - Employment of database administrators (DBAs) is projected to grow 11 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations. Growth in this occupation will be driven by the increased data needs of companies in all sectors of the economy.*

*US Department of Labor