ICT Database Administrator

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Job Prospects Openings 5 years to November 2018: 10,001 to 25,000
Salary Range Median weekly earnings: $1201 to $1500 to Source: Australian Government Department of Employment 2014
Brief Have you ever wondered who makes sure that the large volumes of information stored in computers can be accessed by users like you and me? Database administrators are in charge of this daunting task.

There are approximately 8,600 IT database administrators in South Australia. Employment is mostly in the Property and Business Services industry. Most persons in this occupation are males with the main age group between 25-34 years. The average work week is 41 hours compared to 42.1 for other occupations.

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The growth in information technology has lead to more and more information being collected and stored electronically. As a result, database administration is becoming a well-established and rapidly growing occupation. The job of the database administrator is to install, maintain and control electronic databases. With the development of the Internet and the expansion of electronic commerce, the structure of databases has become more complex. Part of the challenge of the administrator is to design systems that enable users to easily access the stored information in a variety of useful ways.

Education Requirements

Around 45% of ICT database administrators have Bachelor Degrees, 14% have Advanced Diplomas or Diplomas, 10% have Postgraduate Degrees, 8% have Certificate III or Certificate IV. While there are 14% who have no post-school qualifications it is recommended that you gain the available qualifications to get the best possible chance of employment.

TAFE SA offers courses relevant to this occupation including the Diploma of Software Development. Pathways include the Certificate II in Information, Digital Media and Technology, Certificate III Program in Information, Digital Media and Technology (Support) or Certificate III Program in Information, Digital Media and Technology (Applications) and Certificate IV in Information Technology.

Studying at TAFE SA is one of the easiest and most successful pathways towards a University Degree. Dual offer courses are available to TAFE SA and Flinders University in Diploma of Software Development/Bachelor of Information Technology.

SA Apprenticeships are available in this occupation for further information go to the Traineeship & Apprenticeship Services Website at http://www.skills.sa.gov.au/apprenticeships-traineeships or phone the Freecall number 1800 673 097.

Career Path

In some cases, the skills required to administer databases for small businesses or websites may be developed on the job by people with general ICT experience. It is more likely that database administrators working for medium or large businesses will require a degree qualification. Those working on extensive databases, such as a bank's database that tracks customers, branches, transactions, accounts, loans and employees, would require the completion of a degree and a number of years experience in IT. Job prospects for database administrators are extremely favourable. As users become more knowledgeable about information technology, they will require more skilled professionals to assist and set up databases for their companies. They will want more efficient access, better database structure and better security. ''The IT industry is a wonderful place to work. If you love computers, then its like getting paid to have fun. At the moment, good IT people are in huge demand and job prospects and salaries are high. Its a fun, interesting, highly-paid job,'' says Christopher.

Australian Computer Society
Level 3, 160 Clarence St Sydney NSW 2000
Ph: (02) 9299 3666
Fax: (02) 9299 3997
Email: info@acs.org.au
Internet Address: http://www.acs.org.au

Information Technology and Telecommunications Industry Training Advisory Board (National Body)
Level 7, 124 Exhibition St Melbourne VIC 3000
Ph: (03) 9665 5600
Fax: (03) 9665 5660
Email: info@itskillshub.com.au
Internet Address: http://www.itskillshub.com.au

TAFE SA offer the following courses to help you find employment in this occupation; Certificate IV Information Technology (System Analysis & Design), Certificate IV Information Technology (Programming), Diploma Information Technology (Business Analysis). Still Unsure! Then enrol in a short course also offered through TAFE SA such as Introduction to Computers. For further information about these and related courses go to the TAFE SA website http://www.tafe.sa.edu.au.

Nature of the Job

''Databases are just such wonderful pieces of technology. They give you the power to reach in and grab whatever information you need,'' says Christopher who undertakes database administration for Family Health Publications. First of all, database administrators must work out what users require of the database, so that they can structure and present the information in the best possible way. To do this, a database administrator needs to understand the data that he or she is working with. A general knowledge of software packages and computer hardware, allows database administrators to choose software that is appropriate to their clients' needs and to maintain the software and hardware that keeps the database in working order. Working in an area where the rate of growth is phenomenal, means that a database administrator must have up to date knowledge of new technologies and be able to rapidly adapt to new standards and protocols.

Maintaining the security of the database system is another important role of a database administrator. It is their job to ensure that data is not accessed or altered by unauthorised users. As electronic commerce expands, maintaining the security of the database has become a critical element of management.

Typical Physical Working Environment

ICT Database Administrators must have execellent technical expertise. They need to exercise patience and analytical thinking in order to quickly understand complex problems and devise effective solutions. In adddition, database administrators need excellent communication skills and be able to work effectively as part of a team.

Typical Occupational Example

It is essential that they are able to communicate in simple, non-technical language when working with clients. Database administrators may work for Internet service providers, computing companies or organisations (which may be either large or small). The role of the administrator tends to become greater as the size of the organisation and the database becomes larger. Database administration will only be a part of the job for some, who may also undertake other IT duties such as networking and programming.

Further information:

Australian Computer Society
Phone: (02) 9299 3666
Email: info@acs.org.au
Website: www.acs.org.au

Further Information

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