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Data Administrator

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

Also Known As

Computer Database Administrator, Computer Specialist, Information Technology Specialist, Database Analyst, Database Architect, Database Administrator (DBA)

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) 
Interests & Abilities

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2006 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups. If there are multiple related NOC groups, select a NOC heading to learn about each one.

Database Administrators

2006 NOC: 2172.2

Interest Codes

Interest Codes for This NOC Group

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

Your Interest Codes

To identify or change your interest codes, complete the Interests Exercise in CAREERinsite.

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 for this NOC group 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 About Interests


Typical ability expectations for this NOC group
Your abilities

To fill in or change the values for your abilities, complete the Abilities Exercise in CAREERinsite.

Mental Abilities

General Learning Ability

Verbal Ability

Numerical Ability

Visual Abilities

Spatial Perception

Form Perception

Clerical Perception

Physical Abilities

Motor Coordination

Finger Dexterity

Manual Dexterity

Understanding Abilities

A Quick Guide

You are born with abilities that help you process certain types of information and turn it into action. These abilities influence which skills you can learn more easily.

The abilities or aptitudes shown for this NOC group come from the General Aptitude Test Battery (GATB). The GATB measures 9 aptitudes. It groups them into 3 categories: mental, visual, and physical.

The abilities scores range from 1 to 5, with 5 being stronger.

Learn About Abilities

Updated Apr 08, 2022

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 that describe data elements and how to use them
  • Consult managers to determine and record data requirements, policy regarding data collection and administration, and rules for data access
  • 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
  • Arrange for 24/7 database support and troubleshooting
  • Assemble, document, and install product releases
  • Work directly with hardware
Working Conditions
Updated Apr 08, 2022
  • Strength Required Lift up to 5 kg

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 can be stressful, as can negotiating with managers and other system users.

Traits & Skills
Updated Apr 08, 2022

Data administrators need:

  • Quick, logical thinking
  • An understanding of abstract relationships between data “objects”
  • The ability to multitask
  • The ability to work on their own and on a team
  • Attention to detail
  • Speaking and listening skills
  • Interpersonal 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
  • The ability to follow through on assignments

They should enjoy:

  • Working with diverse people
  • Working as part of a team
  • Solving problems

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2016 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups. If there are multiple related NOC groups, select a NOC heading to learn about each one.

Top 10 Skills Employers Are Looking For

Database analysts and data administrators

2016 NOC: 2172

This chart shows which job skills are currently in highest demand for this occupational group. It was created using this occupation's 100 most recent Alberta job postings, collected between Dec 23, 2021 and Dec 05, 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.
Tasks: Design, construct, modify, implement and test data models and database management systems
Tasks: Operate database management systems to analyze data
Tasks: Design and develop database
Construction Specialization: Organized
Tasks: Research and document data requirements, data collection and administration policy, and data access rules
Computer and Technology Knowledge: MS Office
Tasks: Conduct research and provide advice to other informatics professionals regarding the selection application and implementation of database management tools
Tasks: Collect and document user's requirements
Computer and Technology Knowledge: MS Windows
Attention to detail
Educational Requirements
Updated Apr 08, 2022
  • Minimum Education 2 years post-secondary

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
  • Commerce or management plus computer-related experience or education (such as a database vendor certification program)

This is not an entry-level position. In general, employers prefer applicants with several years of related experience. If this career appeals to you, ask potential employers what qualifications they prefer before starting a program.

To expand or narrow your search for programs related to this occupation, visit Post-Secondary Programs.

Completing a program does not guarantee entrance into an occupation. Before enrolling in an education program, prospective students should look into various sources for education options and employment possibilities. For example, contact associations and employers in this field.

Certification Requirements
Updated Apr 08, 2022
  • Certification Provincially Regulated

Certain professional titles or duties within this occupation are protected by provincial legislation. Requirements vary if you use these titles or perform these duties.

The related legislation is shown below. If there are multiple related legislations, select a certification heading to learn about each one.

Information Systems Professional

Information systems professionals investigate, analyze, design, develop, or manage information systems based on computer and related technologies. They do so objectively applying specialized knowledge and professional judgement.


Information Systems Professional is a protected title under Alberta’s Professional and Occupational Associations Registration Act [pdf].

To call yourself an Information Systems Professional or use the ISP designation, you must register as a member of the Canadian Information Processing Society of Alberta (CIPS Alberta).

You do not have to register if you do not call yourself an Information Systems Professional.

For information on what you need and other details, visit the certification profile Information Systems Professional.

Employment & Advancement
Updated Apr 08, 2022

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

  • The public sector such as government departments, health authorities, and schools
  • The private sector such as retail chains, oil companies, and telecommunications companies

Some work for IT consulting firms.

With time on the job, data administrators may advance to senior management positions. Post-secondary education in business administration or management. They may also start their own consulting firms.

Industry Concentration

This section shows the industries where the majority of people in this occupation work. The data is based on the 2016 Census.

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2016 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups.

In the 2172: Database analysts and data administrators occupational group, 78.5% of people work in:

Employment Outlook

Employment outlook is influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • Time of year (for seasonal jobs)
  • Location in Alberta
  • Employment turnover (when people leave existing positions)
  • Occupational growth (when new positions are created)
  • Size of the occupation
  • Trends and events that affect overall employment, especially in the industry or industries from the previous list

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 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.

Source: 2019-2023 Alberta Regional Occupational Demand Outlook

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

Related Alberta Job Postings
Wage & Salary
Updated Apr 08, 2022

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

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2016 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups. If there are multiple related NOC groups, select a NOC heading to learn about each one.

Database analysts and data administrators

2016 NOC: 2172
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Survey Methodology Survey Analysis

2021 Alberta Wage and Salary Survey

NOC 2172 Wage Profile

Unless otherwise noted, the data shown here is for all industries and all regions in Alberta.

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.

To see the full survey data for this NOC group, visit the wage profile.

Other wage sources
To make an informed wage and salary decision, research other wage sources [pdf] to supplement this data.

A: High Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

High Reliability, represents a CV of less than or equal to 6.00% and 30 survey observations and/or represents 50% or more of all estimated employment for the occupation.

Hourly Wage

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Hourly Wage

For full-time and part-time employees
Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $21.60 $55.96 $36.78 $36.06
Overall $25.76 $69.68 $45.34 $45.19
Top $29.28 $82.15 $53.76 $53.33

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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.

Pay brackets for hourly wages

  • Starting pay: average pay offered for entry-level positions
  • Overall pay: average pay across all employees in this occupation
  • Top pay: average pay offered to top-paid employees

Industry Information

Public Administration
Professional, Scientific & Technical Services
Health Care & Social Assistance
Finance, Insurance, Real Estate, Leasing
Information, Culture, Recreation

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 Apr 08, 2022

Canadian Information Processing Society (CIPS) of Alberta website:

Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) website:

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Updated Mar 31, 2022. 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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