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Database Administrators plan, develop, configure, maintain and support an organisation's database management system in accordance with user requirements, ensuring optimal database integrity, security, backup, reliability and performance.


  • designs and maintains database architecture, data structures, tables, dictionaries and names conventions to ensure the accuracy and completeness of all data master files
  • performs the operational establishment and preventive maintenance of backups, recovery procedures, and enforcing security and integrity controls
  • implements and administers database documentation, guidelines, policies and procedures
  • tests database systems and upgrades, such as debugging, tracking, reproduction, logging and resolving all identified problems, according to approved quality test scripts, procedures and processes.

To become a Database Administrator

  • You usually need a bachelor or postgraduate degree in a related information technology field (such as database design and development) to work as a Database Administrator. Training may also be available through Vocational Education and Training (VET). There are also a wide range of vendor and industry certifications available that may substitute for formal qualifications and can be highly regarded by employers.

    Take a Diploma of Database Design and Development

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Skills employers are looking for

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  • Database Administration

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