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Database Administrator

Manage powerful computer databases.

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.

Database Administrator

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.
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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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Database Administrator roles in AUS are typically advertised between $80k and $120k
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How to become a Database Administrator


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It is possible to work as a Database Administrator without formal qualifications; however, employers may prefer candidates with qualifications in Information Technology. Certifications from industry vendors may also be equally regarded.

  1. 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.
  2. Consider completing additional Database Administration certifications from industry–recognised vendors.
  3. 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).
  4. Upon graduation, attain your ACS certification and undergo ongoing CPD.

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Bachelor of Information Technology

This degree gives you a grounding in a range of information technology areas and may allow you to specialise in an area of interest.

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Certificate IV in Digital Media Technologies

This qualification provides the skills to design, develop and use digital media technologies within the ICT industry.

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Diploma of Database Design and Development

This qualification develops your knowledge of the design and development of ICT database systems.
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Latest Database Administrator reviews

Latest reviews from 15 Database Administrators surveyed on SEEK
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Aug 2019
DBA job is challenging and stress some times but I still enjoy the good things from it
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Science
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
data management for oil and gas client
The good things
good things, able to work remotely almost anywhere in the worlds, even with a mobile phone if you are working on cloud, location and time of work consider flexible and people trusted you after so many...
The challenges
work odd hours , stress if there's any emergency issue that you only has minimum times to fix as if database is down means all applications using this database is not available more and more annoying ...
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Aug 2019
Work as an Apps DBA for better work experience.
Reviewer's Qualification
Graduate Certificate of Postgraduate Studies
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Oracle ERP
The good things
Being an application DBA allows you to be technical SME and also have Business knowledge. As the business knowledge is very important to understand what features and patches you need to implement and ...
The challenges
The biggest challenge to become an Application DBA is making sure you understand the business needs in terms of application front end modules , batch process and reports. Which means you need to spend...
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