Database Administration

The Gatekeepers of Electronic Data


Become a business Intelligence Specialist

Database Administrators (DBA's) help companies manage information by identifying the best way to organize, store and present data according to user needs. More significantly, they ensure that the data available to users is accurate and secure from unauthorized access.

The corporate database is the heart of key business systems that drive payroll, manufacturing, sales and more, so database administrators are recognized—and rewarded—for playing a crucial role in an organization's success. Aside from high salary potential, DBA roles offer the personal satisfaction of solving business problems and seeing (in real-time) how your hard work benefits the firm.

Job Market Demand

Employment of database administrators (DBAs) is projected to grow 11 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations. [1]

The increasing popularity of database-as-a-service, which allows database administration to be done by a third party over the internet, could increase the employment of DBAs at cloud computing firms in the computer systems design and related services industry. Employment of DBAs is projected to grow 26 percent in this industry from 2014 to 2024. [1]

Employment growth for database administrators is expected in healthcare industries because, as the use of electronic medical records increases, more databases will be needed to keep track of patient information. Employment of DBAs is projected to grow 7 percent in general medical and surgical hospitals from 2014 to 2024. [1]

The Database Administrator Professional (DBAP) program is designed to teach students the skills required to design, implement, and operate computer database systems. Students will learn how to utilize specialized software to store and organize data according to user needs as well as how to operate comprehensive data warehouse systems.

Completion time: 432 Hours

Required Wonderlic score: 19

Associated job titles: Database Analyst, Data Warehousing Specialist, Database Administrator, Database Programmer

Class Hours
Database Fundamentals 216
Microsoft SQL Server 216
Total Hours: 432

[1]Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Database Administrators