What's it like to be a Database Administrator?
Database Administrators control an organisation’s database management systems. They assess user requirements across the organisation and plan, develop, configure and maintain custom databases and their accompanying documentation and protocols.
Tasks and duties
- Designing, developing and maintaining database systems including architecture, structure, tables and naming conventions.
- Analysing project requirements and designing conceptual database solutions and features.
- Liaising with managers and team members to determine data needs, data flow design and database configuration.
- Performing regular data backups and developing data recovery plans.
- Testing and upgrading database systems including debugging, tracking, reproducing, logging and resolving issues.
- Providing assistance in training of staff on correct use of databases.
- Managing distribution and storage protocols of data and databases.
- Developing and maintaining data dictionaries including standards, procedures and definitions.
- Ensuring optimal performance, integrity and security of database.
- Controlling user access and privileges.
Database Administrators are responsible for the efficient access, security and storage of large amounts of data and have good knowledge of data security, backup and disaster recovery procedures. They work with computers daily and are employed by organisations in a broad range of industries, including financial services, insurance, government departments and professional services.
What can I earn as a Database Administrator?
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How to become a Database Administrator
- Complete a qualification in Information Technology. This could be a Certificate IV in Digital Media Technologies (ICT40815), a Diploma of Database Design and Development (ICT50515), or a bachelor degree majoring in Information Technology.
- Consider completing additional Database Administration certifications from industry–recognised vendors.
- It is recommended to join the Australian Computer Society (ACS). ACS Membership can be attained while studying, with full certification available upon graduation from an accredited course. Certification requires ongoing Continuing Professional Development (CPD).
- Upon graduation, attain your ACS certification and undergo ongoing CPD.
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