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Database Administrator

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€28k > 80 
Database Administrator
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€28 - 80 
Related Information:
Database Developer: 30 - 65
Database Administrator: 28 - 80
Data Source(s):
Brightwater / Morgan McKinley / Sigmar

Last Updated: April, 2015

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
Shortage Indicator

Skills shortages are identifed in The National Skills Bulletin 2016 for:

Database administration (DBA), big data analytics, data architecture (ETL41) and data warehousing: SQL, Hadoop , Hive, Apache, PIG and Cassandra

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Occupational Category

ICT Professionals N.E.C.

Also included in this category:

IT consultants; software testers; systems testers (computing); telecommunications planners

Number Employed:

8,000

Part time workers: 8%
Aged over 55: 4%
Male / Female: 83 / 18%
Non-Nationals: 31%
With Third Level: 90%
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At a Glance... header image

Supervises and controls the creation and maintenance of databases and record filing systems.


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Lorraine O'Leary
IT Support  

Lorraine O'Leary is an IT Support Engineer with Lidl Ireland. She studied at IT Carlow in Computer Systems Management and IT, which included a 6-month work placement, after which she knew she had chosen the right career path. She is currently looking into completing some Oracle DB administration courses.

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The Work header image

A growing number of organisations use databases to keep and update large amounts of information.  
 
Database administrators make sure the database is secure and used effectively. A strict data protection law governs the use and security of information held on databases. It is up to the database administrator to make sure that only authorised people can look at what can be very personal details, for example, medical information. Also, people have a right to access database information about themselves; administrators may have to negotiate this access.  
 
Administrators work closely with people who use the database, finding out whether there are any problems and assessing the system's capacity to cope with demand. They support users, for example, showing them how to search the database for specific information. They may also modify the database to make it easier to use or to expand it, perhaps by adding new spaces or 'fields' to hold additional data. They re-organise and restructure the data to better suit users' needs.  
 
Problem solving plays a big part in this job; administrators must set up reliable back-up systems in case data is lost or a breakdown occurs. They are also closely involved in deciding how to design and plan databases.  
 
Some organisations use alternative job titles such as database administration manager or database controller.

 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Test programs or databases, correct errors and make necessary modifications.

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Modify existing databases and database management systems or direct programmers and analysts to make changes.

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Plan, coordinate and implement security measures to safeguard information in computer files against accidental or unauthorized damage, modification or disclosure.

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Work as part of a project team to coordinate database development and determine project scope and limitations.

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Write and code logical and physical database descriptions and specify identifiers of database to management system or direct others in coding descriptions.

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Train users and answer questions.

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Specify users and user access levels for each segment of database.

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Approve, schedule, plan, and supervise the installation and testing of new products and improvements to computer systems such as the installation of new databases.

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Review project requests describing database user needs to estimate time and cost required to accomplish project.

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Develop standards and guidelines to guide the use and acquisition of software and to protect vulnerable information.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Processing Information:  Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.

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Interacting With Computers:  Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

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Analyzing Data or Information:  Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Thinking Creatively:  Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:  Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Getting Information:  Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

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Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events:  Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Computers and Electronics:  Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

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Customer and Personal Service:  Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Mathematics:  Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

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Clerical:  Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.


Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Complex Problem Solving:   Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Judgment and Decision Making:   Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Active Learning:   Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

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Systems Evaluation:   Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.

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Coordination:   Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

To be a database administrator, you must have good technical knowledge of databases. You also need to be analytical and computer literate.  
 
You will need strong organisational skills; you may be responsible for several databases, making sure that all of them are up-to-date and accurate.  
 
Knowledge of data protection issues and access rights is very important. You must be willing to keep up-to-date with any changes in data protection laws, and make sure you apply legislation throughout the organisation you work for.  
 
The work involves sitting in front of a computer for a long time, therefore you need to be able to work well on your own as well as part of a team.  
 
You may also be asked to travel between sites and this may involve being away from home for a period of time.  
 
You must also have strong communication skills, to explain how the database works to its users.


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Organisation: ICS - The Society for Chartered IT Professionals in Ireland
  Address: 87-89 Pembroke Road, Dublin 4
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Organisation: Irish Software Association
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Organisation: ICT Ireland
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