Database administrator apprenticeships - where to start
You could get into this job through:
a university coursean apprenticeshipapplying directly
You could study for a higher national diploma, degree or postgraduate qualification before joining a company training scheme. Useful subjects include:
- computer science
- business information systems
- software engineering
- information technology management
You'll usually need 1 or 2 A-Levels for a higher national diploma or 2 to 3 A-Levels, or equivalent, for a degree. You might need a degree in any subject for a postgraduate course.
You may be able to get into this job through a digital and technology solutions specialist degree apprenticeship.
You'll usually need 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for a Level 3 (advanced apprenticeship). You might also need 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A-Levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship.
You may be able to apply directly for a place on a graduate training scheme
. These are often open to non-IT graduates as well as those with a computing qualification. Experience in IT support, programming or web development will help.
Database administrator apprenticeships - what it takes
Skills and knowledge
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- analytical thinking skills
- the ability to work well with others
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- excellent verbal communication skills
- persistence and determination
- the ability to use your judgement and make decisions
- complex problem-solving skills
- to have a thorough understanding of computer systems and applications
Restrictions and Requirements
You'll need to know structured query language (SQL) and database management systems (DBMS).
Database administrator apprenticeships - what you'll do
You'll work with an organisation to:
- establish what the database is for, who’ll use it and what other systems it will link to
- plan the structure of the database, working out how to organise, find and display data
- build a test version and check the results for bugs
- fill (populate) the database with new information or transfer existing data into it
- plan how to update information, create back-up copies and report errors
- put in security measures
You could work in an office or at a client's business.
Career path and progression - Database administrator apprenticeships
With experience, you could move into IT project management or systems analysis, web development or network management.
You could also become self-employed, or move into consultancy.