Database Administrator

Wondering what a database administrator does at his/her day-to-day job? Find out more as shares the technical bits and pieces that you should know!

Information is money, but it is of no value if it is not stored or organised properly. Hence many organisations have dedicated data administrators to manage computerised databases and ensure that the information is accurate, organised, accessible and secure


Degree in computer science, mathematics, operational research, software engineering etc.

Required knowledge


Roles and Responsibilities

On top of ensuring the security and accuracy of data, data administrators also design and develop new systems to streamline the data entry, storage, retrieval and analysis processes.

Other tasks include fixing bugs in the data management systems, educating users and meeting their requirements, managing database access levels, backing up and archiving data, testing, employing security and data recovery.

What It Takes

Extensive knowledge in database technology is a must, alongside organisational, analytical and problem-solving skills. Good interpersonal and communication skills are also crucial as you will be working with individuals within and outside your organisation.


You can work for any organisation that stores huge amounts of data such as data centres, commercial organisations, financial organisations, the government, ICT firms, consultancies, academic institutions, hospitals and non-profit organisations.