Database Analysts and Database Administrators

(NOC 2172)

in All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

Database analysts design, develop and administer data management solutions using database management software. Data administrators develop and implement data administration policy, standards and models. They are employed in information technology consulting firms and in information technology units throughout the private and public sectors.

Job Outlook

Good

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  • Estimate Strong growth employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 65 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Moderate rate of unemployment in 2016

Compared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

  • Estimate Strong growth employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 3095 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Low rate of unemployment in 2016

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “good”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is better than average when compared to other occupations in Nova Scotia. This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. However, competition for positions may be low due to few qualified jobseekers. The number employed in this occupation is expected to grow significantly over the next few years, which will provide additional opportunities for employment. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Database Analysts and Database Administrators most commonly work full-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs are typically permanent positions. With employment conditions being somewhat seasonal, periods of downtime or layoff throughout the year affect some workers.

The median employment income for 75% of Database Analysts and Database Administrators who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $70,996. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

$19.00

Minimum

$31.25

Median

$45.67

Maximum

Annual Pay

$23,608

Minimum

$65,882

Median

$93,625

Maximum

Compared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

Hourly Pay

$17.69

Minimum

$31.35

Median

$47.18

Maximum

Annual Pay

$13,568

Minimum

$60,422

Median

$107,009

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Database analysts design, develop and administer data management solutions using database management software. Data administrators develop and implement data administration policy, standards and models. They are employed in information technology consulting firms and in information technology units throughout the private and public sectors.

Job duties

Database analysts perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Collect and document user requirements.
  • Design and develop database architecture for information systems projects.
  • Design, construct, modify, integrate, implement and test data models and database management systems.
  • Conduct research and provide advice to other informatics professionals regarding the selection, application and implementation of database management tools.
  • Operate database management systems to analyze data and perform data mining analysis.
  • May lead, coordinate or supervise other workers in this group.

Data administrators perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Develop and implement data administration policy, standards and models.
  • Research and document data requirements, data collection and administration policy, data access rules and security.
  • Develop policies and procedures for network and/or Internet database access and usage and for the backup and recovery of data.
  • Conduct research and provide advice to other information systems professionals regarding the collection, availability, security and suitability of data.
  • Write scripts related to stored procedures and triggers.
  • May lead and coordinate teams of data administrators in the development and implementation of data policies, standards and models.

Sample job titles

  • data administrator
  • data miner
  • data processing specialist
  • database administrator (DBA)
  • database analyst (DBA)
  • database architect (DBA)
  • database designer
  • database manager
  • electronic data processing (EDP) specialist
  • information resource analyst

Skills

To work in one of these jobs, you should enjoy helping your clients develop and implement solutions to meet their needs. You must be detail-oriented, methodical and precise. Accuracy and good proofreading skills are required to detect, locate, and avoid errors in code. You will require the mathematical skills to develop data models and prepare financial plans and reports. Communication skills are required to work effectively with other professionals and clients. Data administrators require good research skills and may be required to lead and coordinate teams. As software and data management techniques are constantly being updated, you should be prepared to update your knowledge and skills on a regular basis.

Job requirements

  • A bachelor's degree, usually in computer science or in mathematics or completion of a college program in computer science is usually required.

Other considerations

Computer programming experience is usually required.

By the numbers

Quick look

365

employed in 2016

96.1%

employed full-time

0.0%

self employed

28.0%
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72%
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42.7

median age

Compared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

25,875

employed in 2016

93.6%

employed full-time

6.9%

self employed

20.0%
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80%
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42.8

median age

Where will I likely work?

73.2%

Halifax

8.5%

Annapolis Valley

7.3%

Cape Breton

6.1%

Northern

4.9%

Southern

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

Northern

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

21.8%

Public Administration

17.9%

Computer System Design Services

12.8%

Health Care and Social Assistance

9.0%

Information, Culture & Recreation

6.4%

Management, Admin & Other Support

What is the age of Employment?

31.0%

35-44

27.6%

45-54

24.1%

25-34

6.9%

55-64

6.9%

15-24

Compared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

32.5%

35-44

32.0%

45-54

18.0%

55-64

13.5%

25-34

3.5%

65+

Top levels of education

48.1%

Bachelor's degree

$67,954 median annual income
29.1%

College certificate or diploma

$63,366 median annual income
8.9%

High school

$65,263 median annual income
8.9%

Doctorate

N/A
5.1%

University certificate or diploma

$67,472 median annual income

Compared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

33.7%

College certificate or diploma

$52,476 median annual income
29.7%

Bachelor's degree

$58,011 median annual income
12.1%

High school

$35,125 median annual income
9.7%

Master's degree

$37,706 median annual income
6.8%

Trades certificate

$54,923 median annual income

Education & training

Computer and information sciences - General

This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.

This instructional program class comprises any general program that focuses on computing, computer science, and information science and systems as part of a broad and/or interdisciplinary program. Such programs are undifferentiated as to title and content and are not to be confused with specific programs in computer science, information science, or related support services.

Institutions providing this program

Mount Saint Vincent University

166 Bedford Highway

Halifax, NS B3M 2J6

(902) 457-6117

Saint Mary's University

923 Robie Street

Halifax, NS B3H 3C3

(902) 420-5400

Computer programming - Specific applications

This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to apply the knowledge and skills of general computer programming to the solution of specific operational problems and customization requirements presented by individual software users and organizational users. Includes training in specific types of software and its installation and maintenance.

Institutions providing this program

Nova Scotia Community College - Annapolis Valley Campus

50 Elliott Road

Lawrencetown, NS B0S 1M0

(902) 825-3491

Nova Scotia Community College - Institute of Technology Campus

5685 Leeds Street

Halifax, NS B3K 2T3

(902) 491-6722

Computer science

This program is typically offered at the college or university level.

This instructional program class comprises any general program that focuses on computers, computing problems and solutions, and the design of computer systems and user interfaces from a scientific perspective. These programs include courses in the principles of computational science, and computing theory; computer hardware design; computer development and programming; and applications to a variety of end-use situations.

Institutions providing this program

Acadia University

15 University Avenue

Wolfville, NS B4P 2R6

(902) 542-2201

Dalhousie University

Office of the Registrar

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

(902) 494-2450

University of King's College

6350 Coburg Road

Halifax, NS B3H 2A1

(902) 422-1271

St. Francis Xavier University

PO Box 5000

Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5

(902) 867-2219

Saint Mary's University

923 Robie Street

Halifax, NS B3H 3C3

(902) 420-5400

Data modelling/warehousing and database administration

This program is typically offered at the college or university level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to design and manage the construction of databases and related software programs and applications, including the linking of individual data sets to create complex searchable databases (warehousing) and the use of analytical search tools (mining). These programs include courses in database theory, logic, and semantics; operational and warehouse modelling; dimensionality; attributes and hierarchies; data definition; technical architecture; access and security design; integration; formatting and extraction; data delivery; index design; implementation problems; planning and budgeting; and client and networking issues.

Institutions providing this program

Nova Scotia Community College - Institute of Technology Campus

5685 Leeds Street

Halifax, NS B3K 2T3

(902) 491-6722

Informatics

This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that focuses on computer systems from a user-centred perspective and studies the structure, behaviour and interactions of natural and artificial systems that store, process and communicate information. These programs include courses in information sciences, human computer interaction, information system analysis and design, telecommunications structure and information architecture and management.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Office of the Registrar

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

(902) 494-2450

Saint Mary's University

923 Robie Street

Halifax, NS B3H 3C3

(902) 420-5400

Information technology

This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that focuses on the design of technological information systems, including computing systems, as solutions to business and research data and communications support needs. These programs include courses in the principles of computer hardware and software components, algorithms, databases, telecommunications, user tactics, application testing, and human interface design.

Institutions providing this program

Success College

800 Sackville Drive

Lower Sackville, NS B4E 1R8

(902) 865-8283

Acadia University

15 University Avenue

Wolfville, NS B4P 2R6

(902) 542-2201

Dalhousie University

Office of the Registrar

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

(902) 494-2450

Mount Saint Vincent University

166 Bedford Highway

Halifax, NS B3M 2J6

(902) 457-6117

St. Francis Xavier University

PO Box 5000

Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5

(902) 867-2219

Nova Scotia Community College - Annapolis Valley Campus

50 Elliott Road

Lawrencetown, NS B0S 1M0

(902) 825-3491

Nova Scotia Community College - Burridge Campus

372 Pleasant Street

Yarmouth, NS B5A 2L2

(902) 742-3501

Nova Scotia Community College - Institute of Technology Campus

5685 Leeds Street

Halifax, NS B3K 2T3

(902) 491-6722

Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus

PO Box 1042, 1240 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1P 6J7

(902) 563-2450

Nova Scotia Community College - Truro Campus

36 Arthur Street

Truro, NS B2N 1X5

(902) 893-5385

Nova Scotia Community College - Waterfront Campus & Aviation Institute

80 Mawiomi Place

Dartmouth, NS B2Y 0A5

(902) 491-1100

Knowledge management

This program is typically offered at the college or university level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that focuses on the study of knowledge management in government agencies and corporations for the purpose of supporting stated organizational goals and objectives, and prepares individuals to function as information resource managers. These programs include courses in information technology, principles of computer and information systems, management information systems, applicable policy and regulations, and operations and personnel management.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Office of the Registrar

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

(902) 494-2450

Management information systems - General

This program is typically offered at the college or university level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that generally prepares individuals to provide and manage data systems and related facilities for processing and retrieving internal business information; select systems and train personnel; and respond to external data requests. These programs include courses in cost and accounting information systems, management control systems, personnel information systems, data storage and security, business systems networking, report preparation, computer facilities and equipment operation and maintenance, operator supervision and training, and management information systems policy and planning.

Institutions providing this program

Maritime Business College - Dartmouth

45 Ochterloney Street, Suite 100

Dartmouth, NS B2Y 2N6

(902) 463-6700

Eastern College - Halifax

6940 Mumford Road, Suite 111

Halifax, NS B3L 0B7

(902) 423-3933

Academy of Learning - Halifax

6960 Mumford Road, Suite 155-1st Floor Mumford Professional Centre

Halifax, NS B3L 4P1

(902) 455-3395

Dalhousie University

Office of the Registrar

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

(902) 494-2450

Saint Mary's University

923 Robie Street

Halifax, NS B3H 3C3

(902) 420-5400

Nova Scotia Community College - Cumberland Campus

PO Box 550, 1 Main Street

Springhill, NS B0M 1X0

(902) 597-3737

Nova Scotia Community College - Kingstec Campus

236 Belcher Street

Kentville, NS B4N 0A6

(902) 678-7341

Nova Scotia Community College - Lunenburg Campus

75 High Street

Bridgewater, NS B4V 1V8

(902) 543-4608

Nova Scotia Community College - Waterfront Campus & Aviation Institute

80 Mawiomi Place

Dartmouth, NS B2Y 0A5

(902) 491-1100

Mathematics - General

This program is typically offered at the college or university level.

This instructional program class comprises any general program that focuses on the analysis of quantities, magnitudes, forms, and their relationships, using symbolic logic and language. These programs include courses in algebra, calculus, functional analysis, geometry, number theory, logic, topology and other mathematical specializations.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Office of the Registrar

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

(902) 494-2450

University of King's College

6350 Coburg Road

Halifax, NS B3H 2A1

(902) 422-1271

Mount Saint Vincent University

166 Bedford Highway

Halifax, NS B3M 2J6

(902) 457-6117

St. Francis Xavier University

PO Box 5000

Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5

(902) 867-2219

Saint Mary's University

923 Robie Street

Halifax, NS B3H 3C3

(902) 420-5400

Cape Breton University

PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1P 6L2

(888) 959-9995

Employment requirements & contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile

Contacts

Canadian Information Processing Society - Nova Scotia Chapter
PO Box 1612, Halifax Central
Halifax, NS B3J 2Y3
Information and Communications Technology Council
116 Lisgar Street, Suite 300
Ottawa, ON K2P 0C2
Tel: (613) 237-8551
Fax: (613) 230-3490

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