Database administrator


Database administrators are responsible for accurately and securely using, maintaining and developing computerised databases within a wide range of public and private sector organisations. They design, write and take care of computer database systems so that the right person can get the information they need at the right time.


It is often possible to enter the profession with a degree. A qualification in a relevant subject such as computer science, software engineering, electronic engineering, mathematics or software engineering can be advantageous. For graduates without relevant qualifications or experience, a postgraduate qualification in computing, IT or operational research is beneficial.

Knowledge skills:

Essential skills:

·         Familiarity with computer operating systems and database technology (design, software and structure)

·         A logical approach to work

·         The ability to prioritise tasks

·         Problem-solving skills

·         Good organisational skills

Recommended additional skills:

·         Patience

·         Communication and interpersonal skills

·         Meticulous attention to detail

Practical knowledge:

·         working with database software to find ways to store, organise and manage data

·         keeping databases up to date

·         helping with database design and development

·         managing database access

·         ensuring that databases meet user requirements

·         liaising with programmers, applications/operational staff, IT project managers and other technical staff

·         managing database security/integrity and backup procedures

·         implementing security measures

·         defining objectives through consultation with staff at all levels

·         writing reports, documentation and operating manuals

·         testing and modifying databases to ensure that they operate reliably

·         providing user training, support and feedback

·         writing disaster recovery plans

·         archiving data.

Languages (grades/level):

English Level C1 QCER