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Data Administrator

Data administrators manage and organize electronic data. They also develop and introduce related policies, standards, and models.

  • Avg. Salary $83,879.00
  • Avg. Wage $42.12
  • Minimum Education 2 years post-secondary
  • Outlook above avg
  • Employed 3,600
  • In Demand Medium
Also Known As

Computer Database Administrator, Computer Specialist, Information Technology Specialist

NOC Codes

In Canada, the federal government groups and organizes occupations based on a National Occupational Classification (NOC) system. This alis occupation may not reflect the entire NOC group it is part of. Data for the NOC group can apply across multiple occupations.

The NOC system is updated every 5 years to reflect changes in the labour market. Government forms and labour market data may group and refer to an occupation differently, depending on the system used. Here is how this occupation has been classified over time:

  • 2006 NOC: Database Administrators (2172.2) 
  • 2006 NOC-S: Database Analysts and Data Administrators (C072) 
  • 2011 NOC: Database analysts and data administrators (2172) 
  • 2016 NOC: Database analysts and data administrators (2172) 
Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

Average Wage
  • Certification Provincially Regulated
  • Strength Required Lift up to 5 kg
Interest Codes
The Data Administrator is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Database Administrators

Interest in co-ordinating information to develop policies and procedures for network access and usage and for the backup and recovery of data


Interest in precision working to implement and monitor data administration solutions, standards and procedures


Interest in consulting to conduct research and to advise on the collection, availability and suitability of data; may lead and co-ordinate teams of data administrators in the development and implementation of data policies, standards and models

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. 
It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation.

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

Learn More

Updated Mar 31, 2018

Data administrators handle the day-to-day operation of database management systems. These systems store electronic information. Data administrators also do long-range planning of system design and operation.

Duties depend on the size and type of employer. In large companies, data administrators may focus on one area. They may work in teams with other specialists. In smaller firms, one data administrator may oversee all aspects of the work. In general, data administrators:

  • develop and introduce policies about types of information to collect and who can access it
  • develop and introduce technical standards (to ensure data security, integrity and validity)
  • develop and introduce data models (which describe data elements and how they are used)
  • consult managers (to determine and record data requirements, data collection and admin policy, and data access rules)
  • advise other staff about data collection and its uses.

Data administrators may also:

  • develop and administer policies and procedures for network access, backups and recovery
  • create and maintain disaster recovery plans
  • enforce security and access controls
  • keep up to date with new database technologies
  • manage projects and contractors
  • supervise database analysts (to learn more, see the Database Analyst profile)
  • create and maintain disaster recovery plans
  • provide 24/7 database support and troubleshooting
  • assemble, document, and install product releases.
Working Conditions
Updated Mar 31, 2018

Data administrators work in offices with modern technology. They often work standard office hours. They may have to work late nights or weekends (to deal with system failures or other emergencies). Some positions may require travel.

Dealing with system failures negotiating with managers and other system users can be stressful.

  • Strength Required Lift up to 5 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Mar 31, 2018

Data administrators need to possess:

  • the ability to learn quickly and think logically
  • the ability to understand abstract relationships
  • the ability to multitask
  • the ability to work on their own and on a team
  • attention to detail
  • speaking and listening skills
  • people skills
  • stress management skills
  • an interest in policy development and planning
  • an interest in keeping up with technology
  • the ability to interact with staff at all levels
  • follow-through on assignments
  • excellent problem-solving skills.

They should enjoy:

  • working with diverse people
  • working as part of a team
  • solving problems.

Top 10 Skills Employers Are Looking For

Database analysts and data administrators
NOC code: 2172

This chart shows which job skills are currently in highest demand for this occupational group. It was created using this occupation's 19 most recent Alberta job postings, collected between Oct 27, 2021 and Jan 17, 2022.

Review these skills to learn:

  • Whether or not this occupation matches your skill set
  • What training you may need to get these skills
  • What skills to highlight in your resumé, cover letter, and interview.
Design, construct, modify, implement and test data models and database management systems
Operate database management systems to analyze data
Conduct research and provide advice to other informatics professionals regarding the selection application and implementation of database management tools
Collect and document user's requirements
Develop policies and procedures for network access and usage and for the backup and recovery of data
Design and develop database
Conduct research and provide advice to other information systems professionals regarding the collection, availability and suitability of data
Research and document data requirements, data collection and administration policy, and data access rules
Personal Suitability: Team player
Personal Suitability: Organized
Educational Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2018

Data administrators need a combination of related post-secondary education and experience. For example, they may have:

  • a degree or diploma in computer science or a related discipline with a large IT component, plus management-related education or experience
  • a degree or diploma in commerce or management plus computer-related education (such as a database vendor certification program) or experience.

This is not an entry-level position. In general, employers prefer applicants with several years of related experience. Those who would like to become data administrators should talk to potential employers. They should ask what qualifications they prefer before starting a program.

Related Education

The following schools offer programs or courses that are related to this occupation but are not required to enter the field.

ABM College

Canford Institute of Technology

CDI College of Business, Technology and Health Care - Calgary North

CDI College of Business, Technology and Health Care - Calgary South

CDI College of Business, Technology and Health Care - Edmonton City Centre

CDI College of Business, Technology and Health Care - Edmonton North

CDI College of Business, Technology and Health Care - Edmonton South

CDI College of Business, Technology and Health Care - Edmonton West

Concordia University of Edmonton

QCom College of Technology (QCT)

For a broad list of programs and courses that may be related to this occupation try searching using keywords.

Certification Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2018

Information Systems Professional

Information systems professionals investigate, analyze, design, develop or manage information systems based on computer and related technologies through the objective application of specialized knowledge and professional judgement.


Information Systems Professional is a protected title under Alberta's Professional and Occupational Associations Registration Act. This means that to call yourself an Information Systems Professional or use the I.S.P. designation, you must be a registered member of the Canadian Information Processing Society of Alberta (CIPS Alberta). You do not have to be registered if you do not call yourself an Information Systems Professional.

What You Need

The Canadian Information Processing Society (CIPS) has defined the body of knowledge required for certification and recognizes the many different ways this standard may be achieved. Applicants must provide documented evidence for 1 of the following I.S.P. designation criteria routes: (1) Established Academic, (2) IT Industry Leader, (3) Established IT Professional, (4) Education Plus Experience, (5) Exam, (6) Professional Experience Only (applicants must have entered the field prior to 1976), or (7) Upgrade from Candidate Status. For official, detailed information, visit the CIPS website, CIPS Alberta website or contact CIPS Alberta.

Working in Alberta

Information systems professionals who are registered and in good standing with a regulatory organization elsewhere in Canada may be eligible for registration in Alberta if registered professionals in the 2 jurisdictions have similar responsibilities and competencies. For more information, see "What if I am already certified in another province or territory?" and the Alberta regulatory authority (below).

Contact Details

Canadian Information Processing Society of Alberta
PO Box 21085
Edmonton, Alberta
Canada T6R 2V4
Phone Number: 780-431-9311
Toll-free phone number: 1-844-431-9311
Fax number: 780-413-0076

Employment & Advancement
Updated Mar 31, 2018

Most data administrators work in the head offices of large companies. They may work in:

  • the public sector (such as government departments, health authorities, schools)
  • the private sector (such as retail chains, oil companies, telecommunications companies).

Some work for IT consulting firms.

With time on the job, data administrators may advance to senior management positions. This is most likely if they have post-secondary education in business administration or management. They may also start their own consulting firms.

Data administrators are part of a larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 2172: Database analysts and data administrators. In Alberta, 77% of people employed in this classification work in the following industries:

The employment outlook [pdf] in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • trends and events that affect overall employment (especially in the industries listed above)
  • location in Alberta
  • employment turnover (work opportunities that come up when people leave existing positions)
  • occupational growth (work opportunities that come up when new positions are created)
  • size of the occupation.

In Alberta, the 2172: Database analysts and data administrators occupational group is expected to have an above-average annual growth of 2% from 2019 to 2023. In addition to job openings created by employment turnover, 77 new positions are forecasted to be created within this occupational group each year.

NOC groups often include several related occupations. Although there is labour market data for the larger NOC group, this occupation makes up only a part of that group. It means data for this occupation may be different than the data shown. For example, only some of the 77 new positions to be created will be for this occupation. It also applies to other data for the NOC group such as number of people employed.

Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.

Wage & Salary
Updated Mar 31, 2018

Earnings for data administrators vary. They depend on the position and the administrator’s education and experience.

Database analysts and data administrators

Survey Methodology

Survey Analysis

Overall Wage Details
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Average Salary
Hours Per Week

Hourly Wage
For full-time and part-time employees
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  • Median
Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $20.51 $51.69 $32.43 $29.86
Overall $28.54 $57.87 $42.12 $39.96
Top $31.25 $86.54 $55.84 $49.31

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* All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production) and other forms of compensation.

B: Good Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

Good Reliability, represents a CV of between 6.01% and 15.00% and/or fewer than 30 survey observations and/or if survey observations represent less than 50% of all estimated employment for the occupation.

Industry Information
Public Administration
Professional, Scientific & Technical Services
Health Care & Social Assistance
Other Services (Repair, Personal Services and Related)

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years


Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties


Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months


Vacancy Rate

Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Business, Management and Administrative Studies
  • Computer and Information Technology
  • Engineering, Architecture and Related Studies
Other Sources of Information
Updated Mar 31, 2018

Canadian Information Processing Society (CIPS) of Alberta website:

Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) website:

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Updated Mar 31, 2018. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook, and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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