Database Administrator

Career Overview

Database administrators design, develop and administer data management solutions using database management software. They make sure that users have access to data, and they protect data from those who shouldn't have access to it.


A four-year bachelor's degree in management information systems, computer science, information technology, or a related field is generally required to obtain this position. A higher degree (master's) in a related field, which may take an additional two-three years to earn, would be more valuable and may be necessary to obtain positions in some organizations.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$42,000 /yr
$70,000 /yr
$130,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Math - as much as possible!
  • Computer Programming
  • Computer Science
  • Business
  • English - as much as possible!
  • Communication
Work Environment

Typically, most database administrators work for computer systems design, database hosting, and data processing firms.

Future Outlook

The job outlook for this position looks very good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada