Database administrators design, develop and administer data management solutions using database management software. They make sure that users have access to data, and they protect data from those who shouldn't have access to it.
A four-year bachelor's degree in management information systems, computer science, information technology, or a related field is generally required to obtain this position. A higher degree (master's) in a related field, which may take an additional two-three years to earn, would be more valuable and may be necessary to obtain positions in some organizations.
Employment of database administrators is projected to grow 10 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations. Employment growth in this occupation will be driven by the increased data needs of companies in nearly all sectors of the economy.
Typically, most database administrators work for computer systems design, database hosting, and data processing firms.