SQL SERVER – DBA or DBD? – Database Administrator or Database Developer

Earlier this month, I had poll on this blog where I asked question – Are you a Database Administrator or Database Developer? The word DBA (Database Administrator) is very common but DBD (Database Developer) is not common at all. This made me think – what is the ratio of the same.

Here the result of the poll:

Database Administrator 36.6% (254 votes)
Database Developer 63.4% (440 votes)
Total Votes: 694

This is open poll, if you want you can still participate here.

Vote your Voice – DBD or DBA?

I think it is the time when DBD word for Database Developer gets place in our dictionary.

Reference: Pinal Dave (https://blog.sqlauthority.com)

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  • The poll link is not valid (http:///).

  • hello sir

    i think database administraor

    i knew sql server 2005 mean view ,agg function,how to create
    backup and restore ,dml,ddl,dcl,qurey

    but i donot know use of oracle

    i want to become database administrator

    sql server is big different according to oracle

    becoz your site is very good

    i want to study oracle (free)
    plz give me some site of oracle

  • Chandler Caulkins
    November 29, 2010 8:20 pm


    Thank you for the opportunity to voice this opinion – DBA is really confining in that it seems to imply knowledge of storage and optimization techniques for database software/hardware. Developer on the other hand can do all this and work out the details from requirements serving as more of a go-between business people and machines.

    Just my two cents,


  • Don’t forget there’s a third type of SQL Server professional: Us Business Intelligence guys!


    • Chandler Caulkins
      December 1, 2010 9:33 pm

      “Us BI guys” – lends itself to a third level as it were in the hierarchy: DBA could be part of DBD which could be part of BID, that is Business Intelligence Developer?

      • Jim the DBD guy
        August 22, 2017 1:38 am

        I would have BI over in their own column .. maybe the DUAL table. Most BI, that I work with, have little understanding of what they are doing other than ‘playing in BIG data’ with Tableau. Yes, playing on my server in my database built as DBD.

  • DBD is more commom.

  • which one be eassy to learn DBA or DBD

    • DBA is less easy to learn compare to DBD as this involves logically thinking outside the box.



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