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Database Administrators in Santa Clara County

May also be called: Database Administration Managers; Database Analysts; Database Coordinators; Database Programmers; Programmer Analysts; and Systems Managers

Specialties within this occupation include: Application Database Administrators; System Database Administrators

What Would I Do?

Database Administrators, frequently called DBAs, use software to store and organize data. These data include financial information, customer shipping records, and patient medical records. They make sure data are available to users and secure from unauthorized access.

Database Administrators usually work in comfortable, well-lit offices. They may also visit client sites, where users interact with the computer system. Most work 40 hours a week, but some jobs may require additional hours to meet deadlines.

Will This Job Fit Me?

The job of Database Administrator may appeal to those who enjoy activities that involve following set procedures and routines. This occupation involves working with data and details more than with ideas.

What Wages and Benefits Can I Expect?

The median wage in 2021 for Database Administrators in California was N/A annually. The median is the point at which half of the workers earn more and half earn less.

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Source: EDD/LMID Occupational Employment Statistics Survey, 2021 at www.labormarketinfo.edd.ca.gov/data/wages.html Wages do not reflect self-employment.

Database Administrators generally receive medical and dental insurance, vacation, sick leave, and retirement plans from their employers. Some employers may also offer stock options and bonuses.

What is the Job Outlook?

Demand for Database Administrators in California is expected to grow as firms increase their data collection activities. Database Administrators will be needed to organize and present data in a way that makes it easy for users to understand.

How Do I Qualify?

Employers generally require a bachelor's degree in computer science or management information systems. Large firms may require a master's degree. Data processing experience and a background in programming and systems analysis are essential. Certification may be required for some positions.

Finding a Job

Networking is important in this occupation, since many Database Administrators find work through referrals. Jobs can also be found through direct application to employers, newspaper classified advertisements, online job boards, and professional organizations. Online job opening systems include JobCentral at www.jobcentral.com and CalJOBSSM at www.caljobs.ca.gov.

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Printed on Tuesday, June 28, 2022