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Database Administrator

Find out how to become a database administrator and work in the information technology industry. Discover information on salary, growth, stability and occupational expectations.

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The current average salary of an Database Administrator is $73,000 - 108,000 annually


Database administrators make use of dedicated software for the storage and organisation of data. They are responsible for the development and administration of database management systems. Employment for database administrators to 2019 is expected to experience strong growth. Employment in this large occupation remained stable over the last five years.

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Key skills

Database administrators work with clients to ensure the functioning, dependability, integrity and backup of database systems.

  • Designing data storage and manipulation systems including naming conventions and database architecture
  • Developing, introducing and implementing database systems policies and standards
  • Ensuring compliance with legal requirements regarding privacy and information security
  • Implementing a series of testing to ensure the integrity of database systems
  • Establishing and implementing systems for disaster recovery
  • Liaising with external agencies and providers regarding hardware and software requirements

Quick facts

Working as a database administrator allows you to work with specialised hardware and software whilst utilising your information processing and analytical skills.

  • Average Hours Worked
    38.9 full-time hours per week vs. all jobs average of 40 hours
  • Main Industries
    Professional, scientific, and technical services; public administration and safety; and other industries
  • Average qualification level
    32.6% Bachelor degree

* All information on this page has been complied using figures from and the Australian Government's - all figures are indications only, and are accurate at time of publication. Please do your own research before selecting a course or career.

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