Average Salary Projection
Senior Database Administrator
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You can earn an average of £42,228.70 a year
Career Questions Answered
What skills do I need to become a Database Administrator (DBA)?
You will need a combination of the following soft and technical skills.
Soft skills include:
- Excellent written and verbal communication
- Analytical approach
- Organisational and ability to prioritise
- Flexibility and adaptability
- Attention to detail
- Willingness to continue professional development (CPD)
Technical skills include:
- Understanding of business requirements of IT
- Understanding of information legislation, e.g. Data Protection Act
- Oracle and MS SQL Server Database administration
- Oracle Enterprise Manager, Idera and SQL Server Management tools
- ITIL knowledge
- SAP knowledge
- Azure and Amazon Web Services (AWS) experience
The technical skills for each Database Administrator position will vary depending on what the employer expects from you. The technical level of database administration and the level of job role you are applying for will also vary and advanced skills may be required.
What languages should I know as a Database Administrator?
A DBA should have an in-depth understanding of structured query language (SQL), both SQL DML (Data Manipulation Language) and DDL (Data Definition Language), this is vital in becoming a successful Database Administrator. You will also need to be familiar with database management systems (DBMS) such as Oracle MySQL and Microsoft SQL Server.
Do I need to have a degree?
While having a degree in subjects such as; computer science, computer software engineering, information technology or other related subjects will give you an advantage when it comes to securing a job as a Database Administrator, a degree is not always necessary.
Employers tend to look for experience and good all-round IT skills. To enhance your knowledge and increase your employability in database administration, specialised courses from accredited training providers are available to those wanting to gain internationally recognised qualifications. Courses such as the MCSA SQL 2016 Database Administration and the OCA SQL Fundamentals 1Z0-051 and Administration 1Z0-052 will help boost your knowledge and increase your chances of getting your dream job as a database administrator. These courses can be studied alongside your current role via online learning which is the most popular choice for many.
What is the typical work experience for this career?
Database Administrators tend to be based in the office working standard business hours, Monday to Friday. However, you will be expected to work unsocial hours overnight and on weekends to carry out maintenance and development work during a period of low usage to minimise disruption to the company.
You will also be asked to be on-call at time in order to respond to any critical problems that may arise.
What are the daily responsibilities of a Database Administrator?
As a Database Administrator you can expect your day-to-day responsibilities to include the following;
- Analysing and tuning the database
- Monitor user access
- Installing and testing new versions of DBMS
- Carry out capacity planning
- Keep the database up to date
- Writing database documentation
- Managing permissions
- Archiving data
- Ensuring adherence to Data Protection Act
- Develop and test back-up and recovery plans
What is the Database Administrator career path?
To begin your career in database administration you are more than likely to start your career in an entry-level position such as a Junior Database Administrator. Once you have gained experience and strengthened your skillset you can advance to Database Administrator.
After a few years of being a Database Administrator you can look to specialise in a certain area or can progress to a senior level role such as Senior Database Administrator.
As your career progresses you can advance into becoming a Database Manager. From here you can move into other areas such as systems development, project management, network management and database architecture. You could also transition into becoming a freelance consultant or contractor.