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 work for information technology consulting firms and in information technology units throughout the private and public sectors.

Job Outlook

Average

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  • Estimate Moderate growth employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 10 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate Moderate rate of unemployment in 2019

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

  • Estimate 705 employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 2585 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for these occupation.

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “average”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is comparable to the average for all occupations in Nova Scotia. This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. The number employed in this occupation is expected to grow moderately over the next few years, which will likely provide some additional opportunities for employment. With a moderate percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to contribute somewhat to employment opportunities over the coming years. Database Analysts and Data Administrators most commonly work full-time hours.

The median employment income for 70% of Database Analysts and Data 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

$18.27

Minimum

$33.20

Median

$58.52

Maximum

Annual Pay

$23,608

Minimum

$65,882

Median

$93,625

Maximum

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

Hourly Pay

$18.00

Minimum

$37.80

Median

$48.46

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 work for information technology consulting firms and in information technology units throughout the private and public sectors.

Job duties

Database analysts:

  • 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.
  • Research and provide advice to other informatics professionals about the selection, application, and implementation of database management tools.
  • Use database management systems to analyze data and perform data mining analysis.
  • May lead, coordinate, or supervise other workers in this group.

Data administrators:

  • 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.
  • Research and provide advice to other information systems professionals about the collection, availability, security, and suitability of data.
  • Write scripts related to stored procedures and triggers.
  • May lead and coordinate teams of data administrators to develop and implement data policies, standards, and models.

Sample job titles

  • data administrator
  • data miner
  • data processing specialist
  • data scientist
  • database administrator (DBA)
  • database analyst
  • database architect
  • database designer
  • information resource analyst
  • technical architect - database

Skills

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 need the mathematical skills to develop data models and prepare financial plans and reports. Communication skills are necessary to work effectively with other professionals and clients. Data administrators need 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

410

employed in 2016

92.7%

employed full-time

2.4%

self employed

29.3%
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70.7%
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42.7

median age

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

25,875

employed in 2016

91.5%

employed full-time

7.6%

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%

North Shore

4.9%

Southern

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

North Shore

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

23.4%

Professional, scientific and technical services

22.1%

Public administration

13.0%

Health care and social assistance

9.1%

Information and cultural industries

5.2%

Manufacturing

What is the age of Employment?

32.0%

35-44

26.0%

45-54

22.0%

25-34

15.0%

55-64

4.0%

15-24

2.0%

65+

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

24.2%

25-34

23.5%

45-54

23.4%

35-44

16.4%

55-64

7.7%

15-24

Top levels of education

45.8%

Bachelor

$70,992 median annual income
27.7%

College Diploma

$67,098 median annual income
9.6%

High school

$44,806 median annual income
9.6%

Master

$44,724 median annual income
3.6%

Diploma Below Bachelor

N/A

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

33.1%

College Diploma

$59,986 median annual income
29.8%

Bachelor

$63,965 median annual income
11.9%

High school

$45,835 median annual income
9.9%

Master

$65,105 median annual income
6.9%

Apprenticeship

$57,773 median annual income

Education & training

Computer and Information Sciences

College, Trades, or University Program

These programs focus 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

Dalhousie University

Halifax, NS

Saint Mary's University

Halifax, NS

Computer Programming - Specific Applications

College or Trades Program

These programs 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

Academy of Learning Career College - Halifax

Halifax, NS

Dalhousie University

Halifax, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Institute of Technology Campus

Halifax, NS

Computer Science

College or University Program

These programs focus on computers, computing problems and solutions, and the design of computer systems and user interfaces from a scientific perspective. They 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

Wolfville, NS

Dalhousie University

Halifax, NS

University of King's College

Halifax, NS

Mount Saint Vincent University

Halifax, NS

St. Francis Xavier University

Antigonish, NS

Saint Mary's University

Halifax, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Institute of Technology Campus

Halifax, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus

Sydney, NS

Informatics

College, Trades, or University Program

These programs focus 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. They 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

Halifax, NS

University of King's College

Halifax, NS

Saint Mary's University

Halifax, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Institute of Technology Campus

Halifax, NS

Information Technology

College, Trades, or University Program

These programs focus on the design of technological information systems, including computing systems, as solutions to business and research data and communications support needs. They 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

Acadia University

Wolfville, NS

Dalhousie University

Halifax, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Burridge Campus

Yarmouth, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Strait Area Campus & Nautical Institute

Port Hawkesbury, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Ivany Campus

Dartmouth, NS

Information Technology Project Management

College, Trades, or University Program

These programs prepare students to design, develop, and manage information technology projects in a variety of companies and organizations. They include courses in principles of project management, risk management, procurement and contract management, information security management, software management, organizational principles and behaviour, communications, quality assurance, financial analysis, leadership, and team effectiveness.

Institutions providing this program

St. Francis Xavier University

Antigonish, NS

Knowledge Management

College or University Program

These programs focus 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. They 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

Halifax, NS

Management Information Systems

College or University Program

These programs prepare students 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. They 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

Lower Sackville, NS

Academy of Learning Career College - Halifax

Halifax, NS

Dalhousie University

Halifax, NS

Saint Mary's University

Halifax, NS

Mathematics

College or University Program

These programs focus on the analysis of quantities, magnitudes, forms, and their relationships, using symbolic logic and language. They include courses in algebra, calculus, functional analysis, geometry, number theory, logic, topology and other mathematical specializations.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Halifax, NS

University of King's College

Halifax, NS

Mount Saint Vincent University

Halifax, NS

St. Francis Xavier University

Antigonish, NS

Saint Mary's University

Halifax, NS

Cape Breton University

Sydney, NS

Employment requirements & contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile

Contacts

Canadian Information Processing Society - Nova Scotia Chapter
Halifax, NS
Information and Communications Technology Council
Ottawa, ON
Digital Nova Scotia
Halifax, NS

Additional resources

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