Those who possess analytical skills and who are detail oriented, tech savvy and passionate about organization may find themselves well-suited to pursue a career as a database administrator. The Software Guild offers a 12-week boot camp program for potential database administrators of all skill levels. Regardless of whether a student is familiar with writing computer code, or they just want to learn more, The Software Guild’s program will teach future database administrators the skills necessary to become (and stay) employed in a number of industries.

What Does a Database Administrator Do?

While many data administrators are hired by a company to organize its financial or customer information, those who complete the Software Guild’s boot camp will know how to build a new database from the ground up, making them exponentially more attractive in the eyes of employers. Those in this role will learn to evaluate the company to determine what needs their database should meet, typically based on the end user. They use this assessment to plan and build security measures, especially when the company for which they work deals in sensitive information (like financial records); in a world where computers and entire computer systems are hacked almost daily, a database administrator with skills to implement solid security measures and thus prevent unauthorized access is an extremely valuable asset.

Other duties of a database administrator include:

  • Making sure current databases operate correctly
  • Auditing data to guarantee new data comes from reliable sources
  • Suggesting and testing modifications to the structure of the database
  • Maintaining the database and updating user permissions
  • Merging old databases into new ones
  • Performing regular backups

Work Environment

Most database administrators work full time for computer systems design firms and related businesses, such as Internet service providers. Insurance companies and banks, which typically keep large amounts of personal and financial customer data, also employ in house database administrators. Retail companies and health care firms are two additional examples of work places where database administrators may find potential employment.

Expectations: Salary and Career Advancement

While salaries for database administrators will vary based on experience, location and the industry in which they work, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that in May 2012, the median annual wage for database administrators was $77,080.

The job outlook for this career is projected to grow 15 percent by the year 2022. This faster-than-average growth is attributed to the increased need for qualified data management employees across all industries. Applicants with knowledge of the latest technology will be the most employable. Within the past several years, the idea of hiring a third party to manage a company’s database – much like one would hire a public relations firm to manage communication – has gained popularity. This is another reason why the demand for database administrators is projected to grow.

Education and Other Qualifications

Some companies require database administrators to hold a bachelor’s degree in computer science or a related field, but those who are serious about a career as a database administrator should consider TSG’s boot camp program. Program enrollees will receive staff expertise and personalized attention they may not get in traditional classrooms. Additionally, this boot camp is intended to help students master the development of database software, start to finish, in a collaborative, hands-on way. Students will come away from this program knowledge of the entire database-building process, knowledge that proves to employers they have what it takes to perform as database administrators in the real world.