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Database Administrators
(SOC Code : 15-1141)
in Santa Cruz County

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. Excludes “Information Security Analysts” (15-1122).

Employers are usually looking for candidates with a Bachelor's degree .

Santa Cruz County is the same as Santa Cruz-Watsonville MSA.
Occupational Wages[Top]
AreaYearPeriodHourly MeanHourly by Percentile
Santa Cruz-Watsonville MSA20151st Qtr$36.95$25.37$35.99$50.35

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Occupational Projections of Employment (also called "Outlook" or "Demand")[Top]
 AreaEstimated Year-Projected YearEmploymentEmployment ChangeAnnual Avg Openings
Santa Cruz County 2012 - 2022505000.01

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Industries Employing This Occupation (click on Industry Title to View Employers List)[Top]
Industry Title
Number of Employers in Santa Cruz County
Percent of Total
Employment for Occupation in State of California
Computer Systems Design and Rel Services12915.0%
Management of Companies and Enterprises 56.5%
Management & Technical Consulting Svc 2365.1%
Software Publishers 33.9%
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 73.8%
Elementary and Secondary Schools 1623.6%
Other Information Services 393.5%
Employment Services 243.1%
Scientific Research and Development Svc 762.6%
Depository Credit Intermediation 692.6%
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 102.4%
Architectural and Engineering Services 2672.1%
Insurance Carriers 462.1%
Other Financial Investment Activities 911.9%
Commercial Goods Merchant Wholesalers 421.5%
Colleges and Universities 141.4%
Office Administrative Services 141.3%
Aerospace Product & Parts Manufacturing 11.2%
Newspaper, Book, & Directory Publishers 651.1%
Accounting and Bookkeeping Services 1791.1%
Insurance Agencies, Brokerages & Support2461.1%
Grantmaking and Giving Services 61.1%
Professional and Similar Organizations 891.1%
Electronic Instrument Manufacturing 81.0%
Advertising and Related Services 751.0%

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Training Programs (click on title for more information)[Top]
Program Title
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assura

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Top Tasks (Specific duties and responsibilities of this job.)
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.

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Top Skills used in this Job
Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
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.
Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
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.

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Top Work Values (Aspects of this job that create satisfaction.)
Working Conditions - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions.
Support - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees.

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Top Interests (The types of activities someone in this job would like.)
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.

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Alternate Titles
Database Administration Managers; Database Analysts; Database Coordinators; Database Programmers; Programmer Analysts; and Systems Managers
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