The Data Recovery Job Market in 2022

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Data recovery, often referred to as disaster recovery, is the process to restore data that is lost, corrupted, or deleted, including hardware and software crashes. For enterprises to plan and implement data recovery procedures, they should have experts in the field. 

Data recovery expertise is essential for companies. For instance, “Toy Story 2” a year after production by 150 crew members, 90% of the film “Toy Story 2” was deleted in 20 seconds, according to a Dynamic Business Technologies case study. While Pixar was able to recover the movie, that is not always the case for many companies.

For example, one in five companies does not have a disaster recovery plan, according to InvenioIT.

The demand for data recovery technology is growing, and companies are looking to fill positions in data recovery. See below to learn about the data recovery job market:

Data recovery market

The data recovery market was estimated to be valued at $10.61 billion globally in 2021, and the market is expected to grow to around $19.1 billion by 2027, according to Maximize Market Research.

The data recovery market’s compound annual growth rate (CAGR) is projected to be 10.3% from 2021 to 2027.

The data recovery market has grown the most in North America, but it is followed closely by Europe and Asia Pacific.

Data recovery job types

A variety of roles in data storage, data management, and IT are tied to data recovery:

Data recovery specialist: responsible for recovering data, whether partially damaged or destroyed, and working with data in software, hardware, or cloud environments

Database administrator: ensures databases run correctly and efficiently; monitors data management systems; watches consistency and security of data, supporting possible data recovery efforts

Data recovery technician: diagnoses data and storage issues; status updates for recovery; complete recovery quality assurance

IT disaster recovery coordinator: establishes plans and procedures for a company to use in the case of a data loss emergency

Data recovery engineer: recovers data by learning a company’s different file systems, recovery techniques, and backup systems

Education for data recovery roles

Around 58.1% of data recovery professionals have a bachelor’s degree, about 12.9% have master’s degrees, and around 22.6% have an associate’s degree, according to Zippia. However, with a high school education or certification alone, it is possible to get a data recovery job. 

There are several academic programs for data recovery pros, such as digital forensics, computer technology, and information technology.

Here are a few of the certifications in data recovery: Certified Data Recovery Professional (CDRP), InfoSec Data Recovery, and Data Empires

Data recovery job openings

There are thousands of positions tied to data recovery that are listed at various job sites, including:

Many top technology companies are hiring for data recovery-related jobs, such as:


  • Business continuity disaster recovery security and compliance leader
  • Application database administrator
  • Security consultant: data and application security services


  • BD spec, disaster recovery, AWS disaster recovery
  • Database administrator, AWS
  • Data recoverability TPM, consumer recoverability preparedness

Dell Technologies:

  • Cyber recovery solutions architect
  • Senior database engineer
  • Data protection technical marketing engineer


  • SR software developer – backup and recovery
  • Database administrator 4-IT
  • Managed cloud services database administrator

Cisco Systems:

  • Database administrator
  • Cloud infrastructure compliance architect
  • Senior cloud infrastructure engineer


  • Backup and recovery engineer
  • Database administration technical lead
  • Disaster and recovery engineer II


  • Data center technician
  • Critical infrastructure manager
  • Data center critical infrastructure engineer II

Data recovery salaries

The table below shows the estimated median annual salaries for a selection of positions related to data recovery, according to Glassdoor:

Title Median salary
Data recovery specialist $41,379
Database administrator $105,574
Data recovery technician $69,464
IT disaster recovery coordinator $81,037
Data recovery engineer $95,940



The fast-growing field of data recovery is creating a variety of job opportunities across data storage, data management, and IT. Data recovery allows businesses to feel safer with their data and valuable information. 

Many specialized data recovery roles focus on different parts of the technology. Around 93% of companies without Disaster Recovery who suffer a major data disaster are out of business within one year, according to PhoenixNAP. As a data recovery specialist, it is more possible for a business to succeed.

Emma Crockett
Emma Crockett
Emma Crockett is a staff writer for Datamation, to which she has contributed more than 80 research-based articles about big data, AI, IoT and other technologies. She often speaks to experts about industry trends and areas of emerging technology. Based in Nashville, she earned a BA in English from the University of Memphis and an Introduction to Cybersecurity certification from Cisco. She previously wrote for Enterprise Storage Forum.

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