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What Do Database Administrators Do?

Whenever you call a customer service agent, they can quickly pull up all your account information. That little magic trick comes courtesy of database administrators (DBAs). 
They use specialized software to store and organize a company's data. This can include a variety of information, from confidential financial numbers, to payroll data, to customer shipping records. Database administrators work to make sure the data is available to approved users yet secure from unauthorized access or accidental loss or data corruption.

DBAs sometimes work with an organization’s management team to understand the company’s data needs and to help shape what the database can do. Many database administrators handle a wide variety of duties, but some specialize. System DBAs focus on the physical and technical aspects of the database, installing upgrades of fixing bugs. Application DBAs focus on a specific application that works with the database.

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Database administrators runs tests to ensure a computer system is secure and runs properly
A database administrator is one the highest paid technical roles, with a median annual wage of $93,000. (Credit: Gorodenkoff/Shutterstock)
Duties + Responsibilities
  • Identify user and company needs for a database
  • Install and update database software and servers
  • Keep data secure from viruses and attacks
  • Run tests to ensure the system runs properly
  • Maintain and back up the database 
  • Monitor storage space and capacity
  • Merge databases when necessary
  • Work with users to identify issues
Education + Training

Some data analysts learn database administration skills on the job and by earning an associate degree. Most employers look for a bachelor's degree in information science or computer science. Often the path to the job is determined by the size and scope of the company.

Most companies require database administrator certification either from the specific software vendor or another certification provider.

You May Be a Good Fit for This Position If You
  • Have excellent communication skills
  • Are detailed-oriented
  • Are a quick, creative problem-solver
  • Have excellent analytical skills
  • Have a good grasp of database languages, including Structured Query Language (SQL)

Database Administrators training in your area


Oracle Associate Skills Achievement Award Certificate

Richland College
Dallas (0.0 Miles)

Information Technology, A.A.S.

Centralia College
Centralia (0.0 Miles)

Information Technology, A.A.S.

Central Ohio Technical College
Newark (0.0 Miles)

Computer Information Systems, Network Administration Concentration, A. A. S.

Central New Mexico Community College
Albuquerque (0.0 Miles)

Computer Information Science Certificate

Antelope Valley College
Lancaster (0.0 Miles)

Microsoft Server Administration Certificate

Estrella Mountain Community College
Avondale (0.0 Miles)

Database Specialist Certificate

Edison Community College
Piqua (0.0 Miles)

Computer Information Technology/Networking Concentration, A.A.S.

Pellissippi State Community College
Knoxville (0.0 Miles)

Computer and Information Technologies, A.A.S.

Santa Fe Community College
Santa Fe (0.0 Miles)

Computer Science, A.S.

Santa Monica College
Santa Monica (0.0 Miles)

Foundations of Information Systems Certificate

Washtenaw Community College
Ann Arbor (0.0 Miles)

Computer Information Systems, Information Systems Technology, A.A.S.

Anne Arundel Community College
Arnold (0.0 Miles)

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