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Database administrator

What is it like being a Database Administrator?

A database administrator directs or performs all activities related to maintaining a database, and is responsible for the performance, integrity and security of the database. They are also involved in the planning and development of the database and resolving any troubleshooting that occurs.

Database administrators are required to undertake a variety of tasks on the job, some work involving maintenance while other roles involve specialising in database development. Performance tuning of database, system setup, allocation of resources, setting of memory priorities, raise awareness of database in the organisation.

Employment level (thousands)

This data shows historical and projected employment levels (thousands) for this occupation. Data should be used as a guide only. Where exact job data has not been available, data from a related field has been used. This data is reflective of employment levels for database and systems administrators and ICT security. Source: ABS Labour Force Survey.

Average weekly total cash earnings (before tax)

This data shows average weekly cash earnings for the occupation (rounded figure). These figures are indicative and cannot be used to determine a particular wage rate. Data should be used as a guide only. Source: ABS Characteristics of Employment Study, August 2015.

Is it right for me?

As a database administrator, you know how to be flexible and adaptable in any situation. You have the ability to work closely and maintain strong relationships with colleagues. You also have:

  • Good organisational skills
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines under pressure
  • Excellent problem-solving and analytical skills
  • Effective communication and negotiation skills 

Professional accreditation 

Our Bachelor of Information Technology program is accredited at professional level by the Australian Computer Society and, through the Seoul Accord, is recognised in other countries.

The Bachelor of Science (Computing) is recognised in other countries through the Seoul Accord.

The Bachelor of Science (Information Technology) is accredited at professional level by the Australian Computer Society. It is also recognised in other countries through the Seoul Accord.

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