Job prospects Database Administrator (DBA) in Ontario

Job opportunities for Database analysts and data administrators (NOC 2172) are good in Ontario over the next 3 years. These job prospects are also applicable to people working as a database administrator (DBA).

Note that these employment prospects were published in December 2019 based on information available at that time. You can read our new special report to learn about the impact of COVID-19 on some occupations in your province or territory. You can also visit the Canadian Online Job Posting Dashboard to find the latest data on the demand and work requirements for this occupation.

Job opportunities in Ontario

database administrator (DBA)
Prospects over the next 3 years

The employment outlook will be good for Database analysts and data administrators (NOC 2172) in Ontario for the 2019-2021 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to several new positions.
  • A moderate number of positions will become available due to retirements.
  • There are a small number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.

Database analysts and data administrators are employed across several industries, but close to a quarter work in professional, scientific and technical services, particularly for companies providing computer systems design and related services. Other key employers include various levels of government and financial institutions.

Employment in this occupation has experienced significant growth over the last decade. The development of innovative technologies to store, organize and analyze data in secure databases has contributed to this increase. Some of the province's technology companies continue to expand and deliver new software and database solutions to the marketplace. These include companies providing or accessing services in the emerging area of virtual or 'cloud-based' computing. Additionally, the use of large bodies of data ('Big Data') across multiple industries especially in areas such as finance, e-commerce retail, and telecommunications, is expected to support employment in this occupation.

Further, these professionals will experience a fair level of demand as the autonomous vehicle industry grows. Already, automotive manufacturers and software producers have been investing in large projects in relation to new features in connected cars, and for self-driving vehicles.

The increasing number of financial technology (FinTech) start-up companies should also be a source of job opportunities. More so, database analysts and data administrators who have strong knowledge of the employer's business line and data requirements may be able to transition to the growing 'big data analytics specialists' field which includes 'data scientists.

Generally, other dominant technological trends related to artificial intelligence, block chain infrastructure, and virtual and augmented reality will boost employment growth for these analysts and administrators.

Among the new entrants to this occupation are graduates of mathematics, engineering, business and commerce, and computer science bachelor degree programs from universities in Ontario. In some instances, graduates of college degree and other programs also add to the labour supply.

In addition to a related bachelor's or master's degree, employers tend to recruit candidates with experience working with various relational database management systems using Structured Query Language (SQL). Knowledge of Oracle, MySQL and Microsoft SQL databases are common. The ability to work with both SQL and NoSQL systems may be an asset. Certifications are also available for these functions. Job prospects should be better for individuals with over 5 years' experience in a database administration role.

The 'cloud' infrastructure is changing the role of database administrators resulting in a greater focus on application analysis and overseeing multiple systems., Several employers are therefore expressing a preference for professionals with experience dealing with cloud-based platforms which are managed by a specific provider. Given the nature of the duties, these analysts and administrators may also be required to work on-call to resolve database issues, therefore flexibility may be needed to secure employment.

Here are some key facts about Database analysts and data administrators in the Ontario region:

  • Approximately 21,150 people work in this occupation.
  • Database analysts and data administrators mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Computer systems design services (NAICS 5415): 17%
    • Monetary Authorities - central bank and securities, commodity contracts and other intermediation and related activities (NAICS 521, 522, 523): 12%
    • Information and cultural industries (NAICS 51): 9%
    • Federal government public administration (NAICS 911): 9%
    • Other professional, scientific and technical services (NAICS 5414, 5416-5419): 6%
  • The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
    • Full-time workers: more than 95% compared to 79% for all occupations
    • Part-time workers: less than 5% compared to 21% for all occupations
  • 77% of database analysts and data administrators work all year, while 23% work only part of the year, compared to 63% and 37% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 33 weeks compared to 31 weeks for all occupations.
  • 5% of database analysts and data administrators are self-employed compared to an average of 12% for all occupations.
  • Breakdown by region

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    Job prospects elsewhere in Canada

    We expect that there will be a labour SHORTAGE for Database analysts and data administrators (NOC 2172) in Canada over the next 10 years.

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