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Job Description

A Database Administrator will be responsible for maintaining and developing data base systems to ensure they are performing correctly and meeting the companies needs.  They will ensure data is stored securely and optimally and will also be involved in troubleshooting any issues on behalf of the users.

Entry Requirements

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

Experience in IT support, programming or web development would be helpful.

You could do an HNC, HND or degree in computer science, information science, software engineering or mathematics, then join a company’s graduate training scheme.

You may still be able to get a place on a graduate training scheme without an IT-related degree, as larger employers tend to accept graduates from any discipline.

You could also study for a postgraduate IT conversion qualification.

The Tech Partnership and the Chartered Institute for IT have more information on becoming a database administrator.

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. Related careers

You may be interested in:

  • Information scientist
  • IT project manager
  • IT security coordinator
  • Software developer

National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE.  Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.

Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.

Required Skills

Excellent computer skills, the ability to work to deadlines, attention to detail, a logical approach, good problem solving abilities, able to work well on your own initiative or as part of a team, accuracy.

Starting Salary

£22,000 to £70,000

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