A database technician, also referred to as a database analyst, manipulates data to develop reports and requested information from a database using programming tools.
In most cases, employers require at least a bachelor's degree in management information systems or a related discipline. Employers are likely to overlook degree requirements if a candidate has extensive experience with the databases and development tools used in the position.
Manipulating data to develop reports and requested information involves using programming languages and software to allow databases to compile the requested data.
Working closely with developers and administrators, these professionals assist in testing and debugging databases to ensure proper functionality and security.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects a 20 percent growth between 2008 and 2018 for these and related occupations. The increase is expected because organizations continue to integrate more sophisticated technology.
Indeed.com lists an average salary of $71,000 per year for these and related occupations in January 2010.
2016 Salary Information for Computer Systems Analysts
Computer systems analysts earned a median annual salary of $87,220 in 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. On the low end, computer systems analysts earned a 25th percentile salary of $67,460, meaning 75 percent earned more than this amount. The 75th percentile salary is $111,040, meaning 25 percent earn more. In 2016, 600,500 people were employed in the U.S. as computer systems analysts.