Database Administrator at a Glance

Projected Job Growth

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  • 2013
  • 2023

Average Salary for Database Administrator

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Best States for Database Administrator

in 2011
Annual Salary
Hourly Pay
Virginia 6,090 $91,460 $44
Massachusetts 4,420 $83,480 $40
District of Columbia 1,050 $82,460 $40

Becoming a Database Administrator

You need to have a bachelor's degree in computer science, database administration, or a related subject to qualify for database administration jobs. However, some employers may prefer candidates who have a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a minor in information systems, according to the BLS. Those vying for database administration careers typically need one to five years of experience before they can enter this profession. As such, they may work as financial, market research, or operations research analysts before becoming database administrators. The experience gives them time to specialize in a particular software used in creating databases.
  • Programming
  • Web Development
  • Database Performance and Tuning
  • Database Management and File Structure
There are no certification or continuing education requirements for careers in database administration. However, certification is still useful for administrators because it demonstrates that they have a proficiency in a certain area. For example, Microsoft's Certified Database Administrator (MCDBA) credential shows that an administrator can design, implement, and manage an SQL Server 200 database. Oracle, a multinational information technology company, offers a considerable number of certification programs as well. Certification may not be required by employers but then can improve a candidate's chances of being hired.