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Become an SQL Database Administrator

by Emily Gorsky

With companies having greater access to data than ever before and a growing focus on data security, the role of an SQL Database Administrator is becoming increasingly important for most organisations.

Considering that this position deals closely with a company’s most sensitive asset – its database – hiring managers tend to be selective about who they choose to perform this role. Having the right technical expertise and a high-level understanding of the business you’re working in will give you the right edge to impress a potential employer.

In this guide, we’ll go over what a career in database administration looks like, an overview of the SQL Database Administrator role and how to succeed in it.

What is an SQL server Database Administrator?

An SQL Database Administrator is responsible for planning, developing, configuring, maintaining and supporting an organisation’s database management system according to their user requirements.

Database Administrators often work with specialised software which stores and organises data, such as financial, patient or customer information. They ensure that data is available to users and secure from unauthorised access. The work involved should guarantee that the database remains intact and secure, while also performing optimally.

What are the main responsibilities?

An SQL Database Administrator’s role involves maintaining and securing database systems. Some of the duties that you’ll be tasked with include:

  • Designing and maintaining database architectures and structures
  • Implementing database documentation and guidelines
  • Performing preventative maintenance such as backups and recovery procedures
  • Testing current database systems and resolving any identified problems as they arise
  • Coordinating with security vendors and suppliers and monitoring contractual obligations

Since an SQL Database Administrator is responsible for one of the most important elements of a business, they are also expected to communicate with stakeholders and high-level organisational leaders as well.

Job prospects for a Database Administrator

According to Job Outlook, the career prospects for an SQL Database Administrator are very promising. In fact, the number of people working as an SQL Database Administrator is expected to increase from 43,900 in 2018 to 47,300 by 2023. As a growing occupation, you can expect to see about 5,200 new job openings for Database Administrators each year.

The industries you can expect to work in are varied, from scientific and technical services, to public administration and insurance services. In terms of income, the median salary a full-time worker earns is around $1,932 per week. Working as a Database Administrator can lead to a higher salary and more opportunities as you gain experience.

Your career as a Database Administrator

One of the great things about pursuing a career in database administration is that you can do so without formal qualifications. You must be able to demonstrate your technical expertise to potential employers though.

Since IT is an ever-changing industry, it’s a good idea to keep up-to-date with the latest training to ensure your experience is relevant to the role you’re applying for. Open College’s IT, Programming and Developer Library covers a range of topics to help hone your IT skills in SQL database administration. You can then follow through with SQL server certifications to further add to your credibility.

Access the resources to get ahead as an SQL Database Manager

Open College’s IT, Programming and Developer Library is for IT professionals looking to gain new skills or fill existing knowledge gaps. This library contains over 3,110 resources covering a range of topics, including database administration and SQL development and design.

When you subscribe, you’ll gain access to valuable eBooks, video tutorials, audiobooks, exam preparation and more, helping you get up to speed in your role, expand your knowledge in IT and stand out professionally in this growing industry.

With the ability to learn from anywhere at any time, the IT, Programming and Developer Library is the perfect study resource for working IT professionals looking to grow in their career.

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