Database Administrator

Key Role

A database administrator determines ways to organize and store data using database management system software. They identify user requirements, test and set up databases, and coordinate modifications to the systems. A database administrator understands the platform on which the database runs, ensures data integrity, backs up systems, and manages the performance of systems. A database administrator ensures that users have access to the data they need and keep data safe from unauthorized access.

Quick Facts

  • Median Pay: $73,000-$77,000 per year
  • Minimum Education: Industry certfications or Bachelor's Degree
  • Careers available in many industries (computer systems, insurance, banks, and hospitals)

Job-Related Tasks

  • Perform database maintenance and update permissions
  • Planning, coordinating, and implementing security measures
  • Knowledge of most commonly used database languages
  • Identify the needs of the the company to create and administer databases
  • Manage databases to operate correctly without error
  • Some tasks require specialized skills
  • System Database Administrator- manage the technical and physical aspects of a database
  • Application Database Administrator- manage databases that are designed for specific applications

Personal Characteristics and Talents

  • Interpersonal communication skills
  • Analytical skills
  • Creativity in problem solving
  • Strong problem-solving skills

Recommended Education

  • Technical certifications (CWNA)
  • Bachelor's Degree in computer science, information systems, or related field (Recommended, not required)
  • Experience in related field

Career Opportunities

  • Database Administrator
  • Computer Systems Designer
  • Enterprise Administrator

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Database Administrators, on the Internet at (visited March 26, 2014).

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LearnKey Learning Path

Our prescribed Database Administrator career ready series is a well balanced blend of Industry leading certification prep and professional development. Included in the Database Administrator series are LearnKey Certified courses that will prepare individuals for industry certifications, as well as courses designed to teach users the skills needed to attain and maintain employment.

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Technical Development Courses:

Estimated training hours*: 57

Personal Development Courses:

Estimated training hours*: 8

*Estimated time includes viewing hours only and does not include test prep or certification exams