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A database administrator role falls within technology and IT. Database administrators, also referred to using the acronym DBA, are responsible for managing the performance, security and data integrity of a company database. The role involves planning, development, expansion, and protection of the database program, troubleshooting issues and ensuring the database supports business operations and is easily accessible to users. Your specific role will vary based on the type of database you are working with and how the company wants to interact with the database to support daily operations.

what database administrator jobs entail

Database administrators typically work standard full-time hours, Monday to Friday. Though you may end up working some evenings and weekends for database maintenance and development as well as when security issues arise. Database administrators may also work remotely, providing some flexibility. Database administrators typically report to an IT department manager or other senior IT professional.

average database administrator salaries

As a database administrator in Canada, you can expect to make a starting salary in the $60,000 range. There is quite a wide salary range for this position, and things such as experience, education, skills, and certification will all play a role in your earning potential. As you gain experience, your salary can tops out at over $100,000. You may be able to increase your salary by having specialized skills in specific database programs and applications such as Oracle, Linux and Windows.

your day to day tasks

Day-to-day tasks will vary based on company priorities and your level of responsibility. Some days may be spent on database maintenance and upgrades, training employees, or expanding database capabilities. Some of the common daily tasks you can expect as part of your job include:

  • monitoring user access, troubleshooting issues
  • monitoring and addressing database security threats
  • backing up data
  • expanding storage capacity and capabilities
  • ensuring data integrity and accuracy
  • monitoring database performance
  • data entry and testing database functionality
  • internal training for employees
  • installing new database applications
  • customizing databases to meet specific business functions
  • working with vendors, IT managers, and programmers to coordinate work

where you can work

Databases are widely used by companies to store and access important business information. Opportunities are available in any organization that uses computer databases as part of business operations, including large corporations, small and medium size businesses, and IT consulting companies.

Cities in Canada with the most career opportunities in this area include Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary, as well as any other region with a built up tech or business sector.

what you bring to the table

Database administrators must have a wide range of computer networking, programming, and troubleshooting skills. Important skills that will be required by employers include:

  • communication and teamwork skills
  • problem-solving and analytical skills
  • ability to work under pressure and tight deadlines
  • organizational skills
  • ability to negotiate with and build strong relationships with vendors, customers, and business partners
  • detailed understanding of legislation and regulations regarding information access, storage, and handling
  • commitment to professional development and industry trends
  • experience with a variety of database applications, including Oracle, Linux and Windows

training and certifications

An undergraduate degree in a computer-related area of study is a minimum requirement for a career as a database administrator. Common degree choices include computer science, computer systems engineering, information technology, and computer programming.

A database certification will increase your odds of employment and make you a more attractive candidate. Depending on the company, these may be requirements for the position, or you may be expected to acquire them as part of your role. There are three main database certifications that are an asset to your career:

  • Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE)
  • IBM Certified Database Administrator
  • Oracle Database Certification

where your career is headed

After a number of years in the role of database administrator, many professionals move on to other similar roles within their organization. These roles include network management, IT project management, database architecture and design, as well as IT consulting. You may also have the opportunity to take on a senior IT role with your company. Some also choose to work as a freelance consultant with multiple organizations.

Learn more about your career options as a database administrator by contacting Randstad Canada today. We’ll help you explore your career options.

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