Database administrators are responsible for accurately and securely using, maintaining and developing computerised databases within a wide range of public and private sector organisations.
- keeping databases up to date
- helping with database design and development
- managing database access
- designing maintenance procedures and putting them into operation
- 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
Any degree is acceptable , although a qualification in a relevant subject such as operational research, mathematics, electronics, computer studies or software/computer engineering can be advantageous.Key skills
Candidates must be patient, meticulous and logical in their work and capable of prioritising tasks. Good problem solving, analytical, administrative, organisational, communication and interpersonal skills are also important.
Familiarity with computer operating systems and database technology (design, software and structure) is essential. Technical expertise and previous computer industry work experience is often necessary.