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Database Administrators

Administer, test, and implement computer databases, applying knowledge of database management systems. Coordinate changes to computer databases. May plan, coordinate, and implement security measures to safeguard computer databases.   (O'Net 15-1141.00)

 
Reported job titles:   Automatic Data Processing Planner (ADP Planner), Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Computer Architect, Data Administrator, Data Architect, Data Base Design Analyst, Data Center Manager, Data Entry Specialist, Data Management Associate, Data Management Information Technology Specialist, Data Miner, Data Modeler, Data Modeling Specialist, Data Recovery Planner, Data Storage Specialist, Data Warehouse Architect, Data Warehousing Engineer, Database Administration Associate, Database Administration Manager, Database Administrator (DBA), Database Analyst, Database Coordinator, Database Design Analyst, Database Designer, Database Developer, Database Engineer, Database Management System Specialist (DBMS Specialist), Database Manager, Database Modeler, Database Programmer, Database Security Administrator, Database Software Technician, Database Specialist, Database Technician, Database Tester, Databases Computer Consultant, Databases Software Consultant, ETL Developer, Information Architect, Information Engineer, Information Scientist, Information Systems Administrator, Information Systems Manager, Information Technology Administrator (IT Administrator), Information Technology Analyst (IT Analyst), Internet Database Specialist, Knowledge Architect, Management Information Systems Director (MIS Director), Network Administrator, Oracle Database Administrator (Oracle DBA), Oracle Developer, Peoplesoft Developer, Picture Archiving and Communication Systems Administrator (PACS Administrator), Programmer Analyst, SQL Database Administrator, SQL Developer, Systems Administrator, Systems Analyst, Systems Manager, Technical Support Manager
 
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    Wages
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     Location Pay
    Period
    2016
    Percentile Wages Average
    Wage
    10% 25% 50%
    Median
    75% 90%
     Vermont Hourly $ 21.38   $ 25.96   $ 32.62   $ 39.87   $ 48.50   $ 34.38  
    Yearly $44,470   $53,990   $67,850   $82,930   $100,880   $71,510  
     
     Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA Hourly $ 21.07   $ 25.43   $ 35.35   $ 44.84   $ 53.28   $ 36.80  
    Yearly $43,820   $52,890   $73,520   $93,270   $110,820   $76,550  
     
     Southern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 17.03   $ 21.72   $ 28.56   $ 40.30   $ 48.92   $ 32.50  
    Yearly $35,410   $45,170   $59,400   $83,830   $101,740   $67,590  
     
     Northern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 24.32   $ 26.89   $ 31.20   $ 35.60   $ 38.25   $ 31.08  
    Yearly $50,590   $55,930   $64,890   $74,060   $79,570   $64,650  
     
    What are Percentile Wages?
    source: Occupational Employment Statistics, Vermont Labor Market Information, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released April 2017.
     


    Employment Trends
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    Location Employment Annual % change
    (compounded)
    Annual job openings
    (due to growth and
    net replacements)
    2014 2024
    Vermont 296 318 0.7% 8
    source: Employment Projections, Vermont Economic & Labor Market Information, in cooperation with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, statewide estimates released July 2016.
     


    Industries of Employment
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    Industry Percent of Total
    2014
    Computer systems design and related services 15.2%
    Educational services; state, local, and private 10.6%
    Management of companies and enterprises 7.1%
    Insurance carriers and related activities 6.8%
    Administrative and support services 5.3%
    source: Employment Projections, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Employment Matrix, released July 2016.
     


    Tasks
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  • Test programs or databases, correct errors and make necessary modifications.
     
  • Modify existing databases and database management systems or direct programmers and analysts to make changes.
     
  • Plan, coordinate and implement security measures to safeguard information in computer files against accidental or unauthorized damage, modification or disclosure.
     
  • Work as part of a project team to coordinate database development and determine project scope and limitations.
     
  • Write and code logical and physical database descriptions and specify identifiers of database to management system or direct others in coding descriptions.
     
  • Train users and answer questions.
     
  • Specify users and user access levels for each segment of database.
     
  • Approve, schedule, plan, and supervise the installation and testing of new products and improvements to computer systems such as the installation of new databases.
     
  • Review project requests describing database user needs to estimate time and cost required to accomplish project.
     
  • Develop standards and guidelines to guide the use and acquisition of software and to protect vulnerable information.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Database Administrators  updated June 2008
     


    Knowledge
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  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
     
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
     
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
     
  • Communications and Media - Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
     
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
     
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
     
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
     
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
     
  • Telecommunications - Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Database Administrators  updated June 2008
     


    Skills
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  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
     
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
     
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
     
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
     
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
     
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
     
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
     
  • Operations Analysis - Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
     
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
     
  • Systems Analysis - Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Database Administrators  updated June 2010
     


    Abilities
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  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
     
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
     
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
     
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
     
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
     
  • Category Flexibility - The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
     
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
     
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
     
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
     
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Database Administrators  updated June 2008
     


    Work Activities
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  • Interacting With Computers - Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
     
  • Analyzing Data or Information - Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
     
  • Processing Information - Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
     
  • Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
     
  • Documenting/Recording Information - Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
     
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems - Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
     
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work - Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
     
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates - Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
     
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge - Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
     
  • Provide Consultation and Advice to Others - Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Database Administrators  updated June 2008
     


    Interests
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  • Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
     
  • Investigative - Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Database Administrators  updated June 2008
     


    Work Styles
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  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
     
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
     
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
     
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
     
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
     
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
     
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
     
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
     
  • Innovation - Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
     
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Database Administrators  updated June 2008
     


    State of Vermont License Information
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    No state licenses listed for this occupation.
     


    Education and Training Requirements
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  • Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed
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  • Education: Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
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  • Training: Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
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  • Experience: A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.
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    source: Occupational Information Network: Database Administrators  updated June 2008
     


    Schools
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      Related Instructional Programs
     
    • Computer and Information Sciences, General.
     
    • Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance.
     
    • Data Modeling/Warehousing and Database Administration.
     
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    source: National Center for Education Statistics 2000 Classification of Instructional Programs .
     


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