Database Administrators

OFO No: 252101

Other names for Data Administrator:

Data Administrator

Database Administrator
Database Analyst
Database Architect
Ecommerce Technical Architect

What is a Database Administrator (DBA)?

The main job of a Database Administrator is to manage the installation and functions of the IT software on a database system, used by many employees.

What is a database?

  • A database is a collection point of all the data (information) a company needs that can be accessbile by employees anywhere. (locally and internationally). For example, a database for an insurance company will have all the details of their policies and tons of information about each of their clients. This information must be able to be cross-referenced, updated, added or deleted at any one time.

What does a DBA do?

  • gets involved with new software installations for databases
  • sets up log-in criteria for authorised users
  • makes sure every work station (employee) is connected to database            
  • troubleshoots and problem solves
  • creates important backups and automatic backups of information stored
  • checks that backups are 100% complete
  • keeps databases up to date with new software upgrades
  • designs and customises various sections of the software to suit company

Are you . . . ?

  • interested in technology?
  • logical?
  • a problem solver?
  • detail orientated?
  • hard working?
  • a team player?
  • intelligent?
  • a quick thinker?
  • able to handle stress?
  • deadline orientated?

How do I become a DBA?

You will need to have an IT (information technology) qualification – preferable a Bachelor’s degree in:

  • Computer Science
  • Information Systems
  • Management Information Systems

Most DBA’s will have a specialised certifications that can be earned on-the-job or at a post graduate degree level.

Oracle database administrator and MS (Microsoft) SQL Server are the two most popular certification series for professionals.
You can study at most universities and at some private training institutions.


  • Some unversities of technology offer Diplomas as well as BTech degrees. You will still need certifications if you want to move up the IT ladder.


  • CLICK HERE to check for a training institution near you to see what they offer.
  • Make sure you understand their entry requirements for each course.
  • To avoid scams, make sure your institution is registered with the Department of Higher Education. CLICK HERE to check accredited Private Higher Education Institutions. 

OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER: Administration Officer or Business Analyst

Is becoming a Database Administrator (DBA) the right career choice for me?

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