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Advancement Opportunities for Database Administrators

Database administrators play an important role helping companies store and access data. After working in this field, database administrators may wish to move into other positions working with databases or information security.

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Career Growth Opportunities for Database Administrators

Database administrators work within companies to help users access important business data. They also work to ensure that data is appropriately stored. Database administrators may wish to progress in their field after working as an administrator. Some options include obtaining industry-recognized certifications on specific complex databases, building the databases for companies, or focusing on information security at the upper tier of companies. Some information regarding these career options is presented below.

Job Title Median Salary (2018)* Job Growth (2016-2026)** Education
Oracle Database Administrator $91,573 11% (database administrators) Bachelor's degree and certification
Data Architect $114,456 11% (database administrators) Bachelor's degree and CDMP credential
Chief Information Officer $154,614 8% (top executives) Masters' degree preferred

Sources: *PayScale, **U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)

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Oracle Database Administrator

Database administrators may have experience working with a variety of database programs. One way to move up the career ladder is to specialize in a highly complex database such as Oracle. Oracle is one of the most popular databases for business. The information in the database is accessed through structured query language (SQL). Oracle database administrators work to ensure the accuracy of company Oracle databases and maintain security of the system. They integrate Oracle with other company software and ensure that proper storage is available for Oracle databases. Oracle database administrators write code to ensure the smooth operations of the system. Typically, Oracle database administrators have a bachelor's degree in computer science and are Oracle certified.

Data Architect

Database administrators may have developed skills in organizing and structuring data to make it relevant to the end user. Those who enjoy this work may consider a position as a data architect. Data architects work with data in a management role to ensure that a business has a solid plan and strategy for the management of their data. They make sure that data needed for the smooth operations of companies is accurate and accessible. They design the company database, and then figure out how it should be stored and what users will have access to the database. Extensive experience in the information technology (IT) field is required before pursuing a career as a data architect. Data architects may have a bachelor's degree, however candidates with a master's degree in data science or those with the Certified Data Management Professional credential likely will be much more competitive for positions.

Chief Information Officer

Database administrators frequently must focus on the security of company information that they are handling. Those who would like to focus even more strongly on the security of information at the highest level might consider working as a chief information officer, or CIO. A CIO researches and makes decisions regarding the framework for information security at businesses. They are typically the decisionmakers regarding the purchase of various forms of software and hardware. They supervise other personnel within the IT department, and communicate frequently with other top executives. Chief information officers must have a minimum of a bachelor's degree in a field such as computer science. However, a Master of Business Administration in Information Technology or similar graduate degree is a credential that will make candidates much more competitive for upper-echelon positions.

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