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What is a Database Architect?

Career 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.

Life As a Database Architect

  • Monitor and report systems resource consumption trends to assure production systems meet availability requirements and hardware enhancements are scheduled appropriately.
  • Develop and document database architectures.
  • Develop load-balancing processes to eliminate down time for backup processes.
  • Identify, evaluate and recommend hardware or software technologies to achieve desired database performance.
  • Identify and correct deviations from database development standards.
  • Provide technical support to junior staff or clients.

Skills Needed to be a Database Architect

Below is a list of the skills most Database Architects say are important on the job.

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.

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

Types of Database Architects

  • Database Modeler
  • Database Engineer
  • Solutions Architect
  • Data Administrator
  • Database Designer

Job Outlook for Database Architects

In 2016, there was an estimated number of 287,200 jobs in the United States for Computer Workers.

New jobs are being produced at a rate of 9.3% which is lower than average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 26,600 new jobs for Database Architects by 2026. The BLS estimates 22,400 yearly job openings in this field per year.

Forecasted Number of Jobs for Database Architects in U.S.

The states with the most job growth for Computer Workers are Washington, California, and Texas.

Watch out if you plan on working in Alaska, Wyoming, or Vermont. 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. A Database Architect median salary is $90,270.

Salary Ranges for Database Architects

Below is a list of the median annual salaries for jobs of this type in different U.S. states.

Annual Mean Salary by State
State Annual Mean Salary

District of Columbia

$117,540

Maryland

$113,330

New Hampshire

$112,440

Virginia

$105,270

California

$103,270

Colorado

$102,470

Connecticut

$100,340

New Jersey

$99,210

Alaska

$98,830

Massachusetts

$92,110

South Carolina

$92,100

Washington

$91,620

New York

$90,750

Texas

$90,290

Georgia

$90,140

Hawaii

$89,960

North Carolina

$88,650

Alabama

$87,060

Pennsylvania

$87,040

Nebraska

$86,230

Arizona

$85,010

West Virginia

$83,660

Missouri

$82,610

Ohio

$82,440

Minnesota

$81,650

Rhode Island

$81,290

Mississippi

$81,280

South Dakota

$81,250

Idaho

$80,610

Maine

$79,790

Oregon

$79,610

New Mexico

$79,540

Kentucky

$79,420

Indiana

$79,310

Kansas

$79,300

Florida

$78,900

Iowa

$78,810

Oklahoma

$78,490

Utah

$76,890

Michigan

$76,400

Wyoming

$75,780

Wisconsin

$74,600

Tennessee

$74,000

Arkansas

$73,670

Nevada

$72,610

Vermont

$72,220

North Dakota

$70,730

Montana

$68,430

Louisiana

$66,600

What Tools & Technology do Database Architects Use?

Although they’re not necessarily needed for all jobs, the following technologies are used by many Database Architects:

  • Microsoft Windows
  • Red Hat WildFly
  • Atlassian Bamboo
  • Microsoft Visual Basic Scripting Edition VBScript
  • JUnit
  • Selenium
  • Tableau
  • Integrated development environment IDE software
  • Virtual private networking VPN software
  • IBM SPSS Statistics

Where Database Architects Are Employed

Database Architect Sectors

References

Bureau of Labor Statistics

College Factual

O*NET Online

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