DATABASE DEGREES
EXPLORE YOUR FUTURE WITH A CAREER IN DATABASE

DATABASE / DATABASE MANAGEMENT DEGREES

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People interested in managing information in the form of databases can break into the field with any degree – from associates to a doctorate.  Organizing data entry systems is an important entry level position that an associates’ degree in database administration should provide qualification for.  A bachelors’ degree might land you the responsibility to work with database management systems software and determine ways to organize and store data.  

In the analytical mode, database administrators identify user requirements and design computer databases to accommodate them.  An experienced database administrator may also be qualified to coordinate and even design modifications to the computer database systems.

At the top of the chain, an organization’s database administrator ensures the performance of the system.  This job could fall to an employee with a bachelors’ degree who has grown with the data system.  It is increasingly likely however, that an employer may seek out an MBA whose degree has specialization in information systems.  The reason for this is that a company’s database has become in many instances its primary resource for business analysis and everyday business use – in the form of customer relations management programs.

Regardless of the level of secondary education, a database administrator must have a fundamental understanding of the platform on which the database runs.  He/she must also be capable of scaling the system up as the company grows, and be able to oversee the installation of a data security system as well as monitor it.

The median annual salary for database management and analytical personnel was $60,000 in 2004.  In the consulting sector, according to Robert Half International the salary range for database administrators ranged from $67,000 to $93,000.

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Employment history with Database Degrees

Computer scientists and database administrators held about 507,000 jobs in 2004, including about 66,000 who were self-employed. Employment was distributed among the detailed occupations as follows:

  • Network systems and data communication analysts 231,000
  • Database administrators 104,000
  • Computer and information scientists, research 22,000
  • Computer specialists, all other 149,000

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