What do Database Administrators do?
Database administrators (DBAs) are highly trained and utilize cutting-edge software to store and organize a company or organization's critical data. Their primary job is to ensure that data is easily accessible as needed and protected from loss and corruption.
As a Database Administrator, you will
Training & Educational Opportunities
Database Administrators (DBAs) typically have a bachelor's degree in computer science, management information systems, or a related field, with database coursework. However, some employers will accept an associate's degree or professional certifications combined with relevant work experience. DBAs will also need an understanding of Structured Query Language (SQL), the standard language for relational database management systems. Most database systems use some variation of SQL, and a DBA will need to become familiar with whichever version the employer uses.
Not all database administrators begin their careers in that role. Many will start off as a computer support specialist, data analyst, or database developers. Working in these positions, can help professionals gain valuable experience and related skills, including how to create databases or troubleshoot technical or system issues.
As mentioned above, earning a certification is a way to demonstrate proficiency and can help a jobseeker become more competitive, as some companies may require their database administrators to be certified in the product they use. A number of widely-recognized certifications for database administrators come from Microsoft or Oracle.
Specialized Skills / Certifications
- Microsoft SQL Server certifications
- Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) specialization in Data Management and Analytics
- Associate, Professional, and Master level certifications offered by Oracle Corporation for Oracle Database Administration and Application Development, as well as MySQL
College of DuPage
Computer Training Source, Inc.
Directions Training Center, Inc.
Illinois Institute of Technology
IT Expert System, Inc
New Horizons Computer Learning Center
Types of Employers
- Computer design service firms
- Educational institutions
- Insurance companies
Database administrators can advance to become computer and information systems managers.