How to write a Database Administrator job description

Your job description is the first touchpoint between your company and your new hire. With millions of people searching for jobs on Indeed each month, a great job description can help you attract the most qualified candidates to your open position. To get you started, here are some tips for creating an effective job description.

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Database Administrator job title

A great job title typically includes a general term, level of experience and any special requirements. The general term will optimize your job title to show up in a general search for jobs of the same nature. The level of experience will help you attract the most qualified applicants by outlining the amount of responsibility and prior knowledge required. And if your position is specialized, consider including the specialization in the job title as well. But avoid using internal titles, abbreviations or acronyms to make sure people understand what your job posting is before clicking.

Examples of Database Administrator job titles

    Database Administrator
    Senior Database Administrator
    SQL Database Administrator
    Database Administrator (Part-Time)
    Data Administrator

Database Administrator job summary

A great job description starts with a compelling summary of the position and its role within your company. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Outline the types of activities and responsibilities required for the job so job seekers can determine if they are qualified, or if the job is a good fit.

Example of a Database Administrator job summary

Our consulting firm needs a reliable Database Administrator to join our team. We’re looking for a college graduate with journey-level skills and a desire to expand his or her skill set and experience. The ideal candidate will be able to function effectively with limited oversight and moderate on-site training. He or she should understand the importance of database integrity in terms of both efficiency and security. Our team includes some of the brightest minds in the industry and we hope to add you to our roster. We offer excellent benefits and a competitive salary as well as paid sick time and vacation.

Database Administrator responsibilities and duties

The responsibilities and duties section is the most important part of the job description. Here you should outline the functions this position will perform on a regular basis, how the job functions within the organization and who the job reports to.

Examples of Database Administrator responsibilities

    Install server software
    Configure database servers
    Monitor and maintain system health and security
    Design backup processes for server and associated data
    Create accounts for all users and assign security levels
    Establish a disaster recovery protocol
    Provide end-to-end technical support and problem resolution
    Schedule and perform regular server maintenance
    Create database management procedures
    Evaluate data analysis models and procedures
    Participate in company’s cross-training program

Database Administrator qualifications and skills

Next, outline the required and preferred skills for your position. This may include education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills. You may also include soft skills and personality traits that you envision for a successful hire. While it may be tempting to include a long list of skills and requirements, including too many could dissuade qualified candidates from applying. Keep your list of qualifications concise, but provide enough detail with relevant keywords and terms.

Examples of Database Administrator skills

    Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science or Computer Engineering
    2+ years’ professional experience or internship
    Advanced knowledge of database structure and theory
    Experience with MySQL and MSSQL
    Basic understanding of disaster recovery and database backup procedures
    Familiarity with reporting tools
    PostgreSQL certification preferred
    Ability to work independently with minimal supervision and assistance

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