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Database administrator

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

Potential salary

£22,000 to £70,000

Employment by 2024


Working hours

37 to 39 a week

  • 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
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • to have a thorough understanding of computer systems and applications

You'll work with an organisation to:

  • establish what the database is for, who’ll use it and what other systems it will link to
  • plan the structure of the database, working out how to organise, find and display data
  • build a test version and check the results for bugs
  • fill (populate) 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

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

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.

Tech Future Careers and the Chartered Institute for IT have more details about careers and training in computing.

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