Salary in 2015: $103,533
Year-Over-Year Change: 1.1 percent
Although automation has reduced the number of employees necessary to run server farms and datacenters, database administrators are still a vital component of any company that handles large amounts of information. In short, there will always be a need for tech pros who can help maintain the integrity and structure of in-house data.
With the rise of Big Data platforms and frameworks such as Apache Hadoop, database administrators have found themselves working more closely with data scientists, who are tasked with analyzing data for insights. In coming years, database administrators may take on more of a “data architect” role, facilitating the storage, preparation, and analysis of increasingly massive datasets.
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