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Database administrator: role and training

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Database administrator: role and training

Are you at home in the tech world and in data management? Then a career as a database administrator could be the ideal role for you. As the guardian of one of a company's most important resources, the data administrator ensures the security and availability of the information stored in the data base.

But what exactly does this job involve? What specialised tools do you need to master to take up the job? What training do you need and how much do you earn? All the answers to your questions can be found in this article. 

The role of a database administrator

The role of a database administratorCompanies need to store important information for their day-to-day operations. A database administrator, also known as a Database Administrator (DBA), must be able to work with different types of database:

The DBA must also be able to understand the company’s data storage requirements and ensure that data is stored efficiently and securely. They must be able to monitor system performance and detect potential problems before they become critical.

One of the DBA’s challenges is to ensure that users have access to information at all times. To achieve this, the DBA implements procedures, access rights and system usage standards and listens to feedback to improve the experience of interacting with the data. This may include setting up reporting and query systems to help users find the information they need quickly and easily.

This professional works closely with other members of the IT team to ensure that database systems are well integrated with other applications used by the organisation. This may include customer relationship management (CRM) applications, project management systems and accounting software.

What training do I need to become a database administrator?

Experience in information systems, solid knowledge of their architecture, mastery of the various databases and the ability to code certain programming languages: the skills required are numerous.

The ideal training for this job is a 5-year higher education qualification, with bachelor’s degree in IT, followed by a master’s degree in Data or a diploma from an engineering school. The job also requires an overall understanding of the company’s challenges, so that you can respond to them with the best possible organisation, anticipation and adaptation to the team.

Would you like to become a database administrator? It’s entirely possible. You can learn this profession through Big Data training courses such as those offered by DataScientest.

How much does a database administrator earn?

As in all tech professions, remuneration depends on location, company size and level of experience. According to Talent, the median salary for a database administrator in France is €38,500 a year (based on 892 salaries). Another study by Hays states that a DataBase Administrator can be paid up to €70,000 gross per year.

Sectors looking for Data Base Administrator

There are many sectors in which DBAs are needed, including banks, technology companies, online businesses and public organisations. These sectors generate massive amounts of data that needs to be stored, protected and analysed.

The banks

In France, the banking sector is one of the largest employers of database administrators. Banks store massive amounts of data on their customers’ financial transactions. This data needs to be protected and analysed efficiently and reliably. DBAs are therefore essential to ensure that data is stored securely and that transactions are processed quickly and accurately.

Tech companies and Software as a Service (SaaS)

Technology companies are also in high demand. They need DBAs to manage the data generated by their products and services, as well as to ensure that the data is stored securely and that the systems operate reliably.

Public organisations

Government bodies and public services also need database administrators to store and manage data relating to the country’s citizens and businesses. DBAs are essential to ensure that data is stored securely and that information is accessible by the various public organisations in France.


Finally, user-generated data, such as purchase histories and browsing preferences, is essential for increasing e-commerce turnover. DBAs play a crucial role in organising this data efficiently and ensuring that e-commerce can generate stable and sustainable growth.

Database administrator job sheet: summary

In conclusion, if you have a degree in IT and skills in database management and SQL language, becoming a database administrator can be an excellent career in an ever-changing job market. If you are interested in this profession, you can always retrain with the help of the training courses offered by DataScientest.

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