Database Administrator

Salary/Compensation

A database administrator’s entry level salary ranges from P35,000 - P37,000 per month and may even go up to P40,000 per month for those highly-trained and experienced. In the US, the median monthly
 pay is around US $5,852.

Basic Educational Requirement

For database administrator positions, most employers seek applicants who have a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Information Science, or Management Information Systems (MIS). MIS programs usually are part of the school curriculum on business and differ considerably from computer science programs, emphasizing business and management-oriented coursework and business computing courses. Employers increasingly prefer applicants with a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) with concentration in information systems, as more firms move their business to the Internet.

Cost of Education*

Pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree (4-year course) in Computer Science may cost from P110,000 to as high as P300,000 depending on the educational institution the student is enrolled in.

Employment Opportunities

Database administrators are projected to be one of the fastest growing occupations over the next decade. Strong employment growth combined with a limited supply of qualified workers will result in excellent employment prospects for this occupation and a high demand for their skills. Database administrators may also be employed in the following industries: Manufacturing; Electricity, Gas and Water Supply; Construction; Hotels and Restaurants; Transport, Storage and Communication; Financial Intermediation; Real Estate, Renting and Business Activities; Public Administration and Defense, Compulsory Social Security; Education; Health and Social Work; and Other Community, Social and Personal Service Activities.

Prospects for Career Advancement

A database administrator may advance into managerial positions, such as chief technology officer, on the basis of their experience managing data and enforcing security. Computer specialists with work experience and considerable expertise in a particular experience and considerable expertise in a particular subject or a certain application may find lucrative opportunities as independent consultants or may choose to start their own computer consulting firms.

Nature of Work

A Database Administrator works with database software. He/She identifies user needs, sets up computer databases, and tests systems. He ensures that systems perform as they should and add people to the system as needed. Database administrators often plan security measures. Data integrity, backup and security are critical parts of the job.

Tasks

  • Work with database management systems software and determine ways to organize and store data;
  • Identify user needs and set up new computer databases;
  • Integrate data from outdated systems into a new system; and
  • Test and coordinate modifications to the system when needed, and trouble-shoot problems when they occur.

Skills and Competencies

  • Must be able to think logically;
  • Good communication skills both orally and written; and
  • Ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

Physical Attributes and Characteristics

  • Can listen and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences;
  • Ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving problem, only recognizing there is a problem;
  • Can combine pieces of information to rules or conclusions finding a relationship among unrelated events; and
  • Ability to concentrate and pay close attention to detail.

* Based on tuition fee rates for school year 2010-2011.