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Friday, 05 September 2008 19:44

Database managers get top IT dollar

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Ever wondered if your choice of IT career was the wrong one? If you are not a database manager, developer or administrator you might want to look away now...

Database administration and development is the place to be, at least in the US market. That is the conclusion of the US Bureau of Labor Statistics in the latest 2008/2009 Occupational Outlook Handbook.

"Database administrators are projected" along with computer scientists "to be one of the fastest growing occupations over the next decade" it says.

In actual fact, the Bureau reckons computer scientists and database admins will grow, as an occupation, much faster than the average across all occupations.

How fast? How does 37 percent through 2016 grab you?

This growth and demand is, of course, reflected in salaries. The handbook reveals median annual earnings, based upon 2006 statistics, for database administrators of USD $64,670.

It says that the middle 50 percent earned between USD $48,560 and USD $84,830 while the lowest 10 percent earned less than USD $37,350, and the highest 10 percent earned more than USD $103,010.

For database administrators employed in the computer systems design sector, media annual earnings were even better at some USD $72,510, likewise those involved with the management of companies and enterprises whose median earnings were USD $67,680.

Perhaps most interestingly, the handbooks also reports on salary ranges taken from a 2007 salary guide by Robert Half International which shows database specialists right at the top of the IT tree.

A web designer could expect to get between USD $47,000 and USD $71,500, a web developer a little better in the range of USD $54,750 to USD $81,500, and a senior web developer USD $71,000 to USD $102,000.

The last of these being pretty much identical to the lowest paid database post, the database administrator.

A database developer, meanwhile, should make between USD $73,500 and USD $103,000, the third highest paid on the list. In second place is the network architect with an salary guide of USD $78,000 to USD $112,250.

Which just leaves the Database manager as king of the heap, with an expected earning capability in the region of USD $84,750 to USD $116,000.

And there I was thinking that databases were boring...

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