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What You Need to Know About Database Architect

Job Description: Design strategies for enterprise database systems and set standards for operations, programming, and security. Design and construct large relational databases. Integrate new systems with existing warehouse structure and refine system performance and functionality.

What Do Database Architects Do On a Daily Basis?

  • Develop or maintain archived procedures, procedural codes, or queries for applications.
  • Plan and install upgrades of database management system software to enhance database performance.
  • Identify and correct deviations from database development standards.
  • Develop and document database architectures.
  • Document and communicate database schemas, using accepted notations.
  • Collaborate with system architects, software architects, design analysts, and others to understand business or industry requirements.

Qualities of a Database Architect

When polled, Database Architects say the following skills are most frequently used in their jobs:

Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Judgment and Decision Making: Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Systems Analysis: Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Complex Problem Solving: Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

  • Database Analyst
  • System Engineer
  • SQL Server Developer (Structured Query Language Server Developer)
  • Data Architect
  • Data Administrator

Job Opportunities for Database Architects

In the United States, there were 287,200 jobs for Database Architect in 2016. New jobs are being produced at a rate of 9.3% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 26,600 new jobs for Database Architect by 2026. Due to new job openings and attrition, there will be an average of 22,400 job openings in this field each year.

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The states with the most job growth for Database Architect are Washington, Utah, and Nevada. Watch out if you plan on working in Alaska, Maryland, or Mississippi. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

What is the Average Salary of a Database Architect

The average yearly salary of a Database Architect ranges between $47,350 and $144,820.

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Database Architects who work in District of Columbia, Maryland, or New Hampshire, make the highest salaries.

How much do Database Architects make in different U.S. states?

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $87,060
Alaska $98,830
Arizona $85,010
Arkansas $73,670
California $103,270
Colorado $102,470
Connecticut $100,340
District of Columbia $117,540
Florida $78,900
Georgia $90,140
Hawaii $89,960
Idaho $80,610
Indiana $79,310
Iowa $78,810
Kansas $79,300
Kentucky $79,420
Louisiana $66,600
Maine $79,790
Maryland $113,330
Massachusetts $92,110
Michigan $76,400
Minnesota $81,650
Mississippi $81,280
Missouri $82,610
Montana $68,430
Nebraska $86,230
Nevada $72,610
New Hampshire $112,440
New Jersey $99,210
New Mexico $79,540
New York $90,750
North Carolina $88,650
North Dakota $70,730
Ohio $82,440
Oklahoma $78,490
Oregon $79,610
Pennsylvania $87,040
Rhode Island $81,290
South Carolina $92,100
South Dakota $81,250
Tennessee $74,000
Texas $90,290
Utah $76,890
Vermont $72,220
Virginia $105,270
Washington $91,620
West Virginia $83,660
Wisconsin $74,600
Wyoming $75,780

Tools & Technologies Used by Database Architects

Below is a list of the types of tools and technologies that Database Architects may use on a daily basis:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Python
  • Microsoft Access
  • MySQL
  • Data entry software
  • MongoDB
  • SAP
  • Microsoft Windows
  • Microsoft Project
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat
  • Microsoft SharePoint
  • Microsoft Visio
  • Structured query language SQL
  • Microsoft Dynamics
  • SAS
  • Linux
  • Ruby
  • Microsoft Visual Basic
  • Extensible markup language XML
  • IBM SPSS Statistics

How to Become a Database Architect

Individuals working as a Database Architect have obtained the following education levels:

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How Long Does it Take to Become a Database Architect?

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Where Database Architects Work

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Database Architects work in the following industries:

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