Database Administrators plan, develop, configure, maintain and support an organisation's database management system in accordance with user requirements, ensuring optimal database integrity, security, backup, reliability and performance.

Also known as: Database Operator, Specialist, or Support, or DBA.

Specialisations: Database Analyst.

You can work as a Database Administrator without formal qualifications if you are able to demonstrate your technical competency to employers. There are also a wide range of vendor and industry certifications available that may substitute for formal qualifications and can be highly regarded by employers. However, most workers do hold a VET or university qualification.

Tasks

  • Designs and maintains database architecture, data structures, tables, dictionaries and names conventions to ensure the accuracy and completeness of all data master files.
  • Performs the operational establishment and preventive maintenance of backups, recovery procedures, and enforcing security and integrity controls.
  • Implements and administers database documentation, guidelines, policies and procedures.
  • Tests database systems and upgrades, such as debugging, tracking, reproduction, logging and resolving all identified problems, according to approved quality test scripts, procedures and processes.

More about Database & Systems Administrators & ICT Security

All Database & Systems Administrators & ICT Security

  • $1,932 Weekly Pay
  • Moderate Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Database Administrators

  • 6,200 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 84% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 41 hours Average full-time
  • 42 years Average age
  • 37% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Database Administrators (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
from 6,900 in 2011 to 6,200 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a small occupation.
  • Location: Database Administrators work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: They work in many industries such as Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Public Administration and Safety; and Financial and Insurance Services.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (84%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 41 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 42 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 37% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services21.6
Public Administration and Safety14.8
Financial and Insurance Services10.5
Education and Training9.7
Other Industries43.4

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateDatabase AdministratorsAll Jobs Average
NSW33.631.6
VIC29.225.6
QLD14.020.0
SA5.97.0
WA9.010.8
TAS1.42.0
NT0.81.0
ACT6.31.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketDatabase AdministratorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.6-5.05.0
20-243.6-9.39.3
25-3421.3-22.922.9
35-4431.0-22.022.0
45-5427.0-21.621.6
55-599.4-9.09.0
60-645.0-6.06.0
65 and Over2.2-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationDatabase AdministratorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate21.5-10.110.1
Bachelor degree42.7-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma11.7-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV6.8-21.121.1
Year 1212.5-18.118.1
Year 112.1-4.84.8
Year 10 and below2.7-12.512.5

You can work as a Database Administrator without formal qualifications if you are able to demonstrate your technical competency to employers. There are also a wide range of vendor and industry certifications available that may substitute for formal qualifications and can be highly regarded by employers. However, most workers do hold a VET or university qualification.

Membership with information technology associations or peak bodies may be useful.

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • additional IT certifications offered by peak bodies, industry associations and vendors

Thinking about study or training?

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Search and compare thousands of higher education courses, and their entry requirements from different institutions across Australia at Course Seeker website.
  • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
  • You might be interested in Information and Communications Technology VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

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Employers look for Database & Systems Administrators & ICT Security who can communicate clearly, work well in a team and have strong computer literacy.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Computers and Electronics

    74% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  2. Mathematics

    56% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  3. Education and Training

    55% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  4. Telecommunications

    54% Skill level

    Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

  5. Customer and Personal Service

    52% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Electronic Mail

    100% Important

    How often do you use electronic mail?

  2. Indoors, Heat Controlled

    99% Important

    How often do you work indoors with access to heating or cooling?

  3. Work With Work Group or Team

    91% Important

    How important is it to work with others in a group or team?

  4. Spend Time Sitting

    91% Important

    How much time do you spend sitting?

  5. Contact With Others

    88% Important

    How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 15-1141.00 - Database Administrators.

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