Database Administrator

Be the problem-solver who ensures the right people get the information they need at the right time with this rewarding yet challenging career.

Become a Database Administrator

Database Administrators use specialist software to design, write and maintain a secure database, ensuring the right people get the information they need at the right time. This rewarding yet challenging career path is perfect for a problem-solver who is willing to continue their professional development.

With more data being collected in the past two years than in the entire human history, database administration is a critical role in many of today’s IT departments.  Its an exciting time in the data world as we are seeing new approaches to data collection, manipulation and types of databases, therefore you need to be able to keep up to date with the latest technology trends and be adaptable.

If this sounds like the ideal career choice for you, why not get a head start up the career ladder with our online training courses that will provide you with the essential knowledge and sought-after certifications needed to become a successful Database Administrator.

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Average Salary Projection

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Source: Adzuna
Average Salary
Senior Database Administrator
£50k
Average Salary
You Can Earn
£41k
Average Salary
Database Support
£40k

Salary Projection

Average salary for a
Database Administrator

£41k

You can earn an average of £41,717.48 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
  • Problem-solving
  • 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
  • Troubleshooting
  • 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.

There are currently 23069 Database jobs in the UK.

Source: Adzuna

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