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Database Administrators

What is a Database Administrator?

Skills That Set Them Apart

Additionally, they are data warehousing experts.
They are often responsible for:

In-depth data analysis

Performing in-depth data analysis to monitor and support the data warehouse environment.

Advantages and limitations

Understanding the advantages and limitations of various data warehousing technologies, making choices such as whether to use row based or columnar based database engines.

The very best Database Administrators are excellent troubleshooters, logical thinkers and innately curious. They’re able to think through the possible causes, systematically track or rule out each one until they discover the source, and then determine possible solutions.

They want to know why, and their excellent memory can help them recall likely scenarios, related facts and obscure code that can help them save time and effort. Their curiosity will drive them to find the best solution, and will keep them current in the latest technologies.

The Educational Foundation That Sets the Stage

Database Administration often requires a bachelor’s degree, and the majority of Database Administrators earn their B.S. in Information Science and Computer Science. As they work toward their degree, they usually choose concentrations in database systems management and their requisite software designed for them, such as MSSQL, and Oracle. Their curriculum usually includes metadata acquisition and management, as well.

Masters degrees are fairly common for Database Administrators who wish to advance or be considered by larger companies. These degrees provide more specialized training in complex web scale or cloud based databases, security, database architecture and information recovery and translation.


Specialized Training

Database Administrators often pursue database vendor certifications, as well as expertise in the latest Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud and Microsoft Azure database technologies.

They may focus on application architecture, network management and performance management, while they use online resources to sharpen their programming abilities.



It’s the backbone of complex queries and universal among Database Administrators to execute complex queries in SQL. “Traditional” or relational databases mostly utilize SQL, so these platforms remain relatively valuable to know.

PostgreSQL is one of the most advanced open-source relational databases in the world, as is MySQL.



As data becomes larger and more unwieldy in relational database programming, albeit slower to respond and more complex to query, Database Administrators should also be familiar with non-traditional database programming.

NoSQL such as MongoDB or HBase and columnar databases such as Redshift or its competitors. These systems work quickly with large volumes of data and are easily scalable for a more customized approach.


Big Data Computation Networks


Cloud Tools

In addition to platforms such as Hadoop, some Database Administrators are also experienced in working with cloud-based tools such as Amazon S3, or Google BigQuery.


ETL Tools

Extract, Transform, Load: ETL capabilities allow Database Administrators to work seamlessly through this process. Some of the more popular platforms help corral both defined and fuzzy data from multiple sources. tools on the Segment platform.

Alteryx, KNIME, Pentaho or Stitch Data allow you to consolidate all of your data – even the information used for email, social media, live chat and SMS texts, and merge it with quantitative data. Segment captures, schematizes, and loads user data into your data warehouse of choice, tracks customer data and automatically sends it to a warehouse. This easy integration provides access to 200+ more

Typical Database Administrator Compensation

Database Administrator salaries can vary widely, relative to experience and certifications. Let’s see what the experts can tell us:

More certification generally leads to a 7 – 15% salary increase

What to Expect from a Wyzoo Database Administrator

Wyzoo Database Administrators plan, develop and optimize database performance for operational data stores such as data marts and data lakes.

They’re your team of experts who are responsible for:

  • Monitoring and optimizing the database’s performance using either manual or automated tools.
  • Ensuring system security and compliance by careful allocation of user permissions and following database vendor license agreements, such as the maximum number of installations per license.
  • Migrating database instances to new hardware and new versions of software from on premise to cloud based databases and vice versa.
  • Modifying the database structure using information provided by application developers.
  • Creating a backup and recovery strategy for the database.
  • Regularly testing the backups to ensure usability.