Database Administrator

Database administrators use specialized software to store and organize data, such as financial information and customer shipping records. They make sure that data are available to users and are secure from unauthorized access.

Database Administrator

Average Hourly Earnings



Bachelor's Degree


  • Identify user needs to create and administer databases
  • Make sure the database operates efficiently and without error
  • Make and test modifications to the database structure when needed
  • Maintain the database and update permissions
  • Merge old databases into new ones
  • Backup and restore data to prevent data loss
  • Ensure that organizational data is secure
  • Train users and answer questions

Work Environment

Database administrators work in a variety of organizations that use large amounts of data. They spend much of their workday sitting in a climate-controlled office. While much of their contact with others occurs via email or telephone, it’s not unusual for them to have face-to-face discussions with others in the workplace. Being accurate is an important part of this job.

Key Traits

Conventional. Often involves following set procedures and routines. May include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually have a clear line of authority to follow.

Valuable Certifications

  • Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer
  • CompTIA Security+
  • Microsoft Certified Professional
  • GIAC Exploit Researcher and Advanced Penetration Tester
  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional
  • GIAC Certifications
  • Microsoft Certified IT Professional
  • Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist
  • Offensive Security Certified Professional
  • Certified Power Quality Professional