Job description

Database architects construct, maintain and update enterprise database systems. By establishing its structure and working with administrators and analysts, they set standards, install solutions and integrate new systems with the current framework and modify performance and functionality to improve user experience.


    • Plan, build and update database management systems for enterprise solutions
    • Design databases that can support business applications and system scalability
    • Construct various database features, including data partitions, index and data transfer mechanisms
    • Upgrade database software to improve database performance and security
    • Run several tests and trial runs to ensure optimal use and high-standard performance
    • Collaborate with design analysts, software architects and system developers
    • Brainstorm databases architectural strategies to solve industry demands and corporate needs
    • Outline and enforce database development standards
    • Identify coding errors and correct mistakes
    • Produce archived mechanisms, install queries for applications and write procedural codes
    • Extend technical assistance to staff and customers ordering a database system
    • Deliver presentations to clients to communicate the diverse array of functions, tools and improvements
    • Troubleshoot software issues

Skills and qualities

Numerical reasoning
Analytical thinking
Attention to detail
Time management

Job outlook

Projected growth
The projected growth rate of employment in the US from 2016 to 2026, based on data collected through the BLS Employment Projections (EP) programme. The national average growth rate for all professions is 7%.


New jobs
The number of jobs projected to become available in the US between 2016 and 2026, based on data collected through the BLS Employment Projections (EP) programme.


Automation risk
The probability of computerisation, based on data published in ‘The Future of Employment’, a 2013 working paper by Carl Benedikt Frey and Michael Osborne.


Career progression

With experience, you can move on to more senior positions in management or even advance to an executive capacity, such as director of software development or director of enterprise architecture.

Working conditions

Average hours

40h/ week

Typical schedule

Full Time

Standard business hours

Database architects work typical 40-hour schedules in an office environment from Monday to Friday, although there may be times when they need to visit the office outside office hours. While some functions of the job can be done remotely through telecommunications technology, most of the work needs to be done in the office with other employees.


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Qualifications and training

Education level


Bachelor's degree in computer science

Study time

4 years

To become a database architect, you will need a bachelor’s degree in computer science or a related subject, although many employers increasingly prefer candidates with a master’s degree.

Meanwhile, there are many different certifications you can pursue, which can make you an attractive candidate.

Last Updated: Wednesday, November 2, 2022

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