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Database administrator

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Database administrators (DBAs) plan and build computer systems, and make sure they’re secure and working properly.

Average salary (a year)

£24,000 Starter

to

£70,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

37 to 39 a week

You could work

on call

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How to become a database administrator

You could get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly

University

You could study for a higher national diploma, degree or postgraduate qualification before joining a company training scheme. Useful subjects include:

  • computer science
  • business information systems
  • software engineering
  • information technology management
  • mathematics

You may have an advantage when you look for work if you do a degree that includes a work placement.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a higher national diploma
  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
  • a degree in any subject for a postgraduate course

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Apprenticeship

You may be able to get into this job through a digital and technology solutions professional degree apprenticeship.

If you already have a degree or relevant experience, you may be able to do a digital and technology solutions specialist masters degree apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship

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Direct Application

You may be able to apply directly for a place on a graduate training scheme. These are often open to non-IT graduates as well as those with a computing qualification.

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Career tips

Experience in IT support, programming or web development will help.

Further information

The Chartered Institute for IT and techskills have more details about careers and training in computing.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • analytical thinking skills
  • the ability to work well with others
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • persistence and determination
  • the ability to use your judgement and make decisions
  • complex problem-solving skills
  • to have a thorough understanding of computer systems and applications

Restrictions and Requirements

You'll need to know structured query language (SQL) and database management systems (DBMS).

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

You'll work with an organisation to:

  • establish the purpose of the database
  • define the user group
  • identify other systems the database will link to
  • plan how to organise, find and display data
  • build a test version and check the results for bugs
  • fill the database with new information or transfer existing data into it
  • plan how to update information, create back-up copies and report errors
  • put in security measures

Working environment

You could work in an office or at a client's business.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With experience, you could move into IT project management or systems analysis, web development or network management.

You could also become self-employed, or move into consultancy.

Current opportunities

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