What does a Database Architect do?

Database architects help companies looking to grow and expand into new marketplaces. They create and manage large and expensive electronic databases that store and organize vast amounts of data. Working closely with software designers and analysts, they create comprehensive databases that may ultimately be used by hundreds and thousands of people. Database architects study the employer’s needs and assess the current data infrastructure by discussing usage and needs with employees and users to determine what changes in the database need to be made.

Database architects prepare and map out how the electronic database should look and function. They oversee and partake in the creation of the database using coding skills to write code and create the database. When completed they troubleshoot for problems and locate and correct bugs or oversights. Throughout the process, they keep in close contact with employees at the company to ensure ease of use and it meets expectations. Database architects have a bachelor's degree in computer science or information technology, or another related field.

EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.9 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.7 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Database Architect Salaries

Average Base Pay

£73,098 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: £73K
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Database Architect Career Path

Learn how to become a Database Architect, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

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Data Architect
20 Dec 2020

“My manager is great at handling the intricacies while I am learning a ton of new things each day.”

Data Architect
8 Nov 2021

“liberty to work and great salary”

Michelin North AmericaMichelin North America
Senior Data Architect
14 Feb 2021

“personal and career development programs”

Enterprise Data Architect
25 Nov 2021

“Good learning and chance to work with the best of colleagues and clients.”

Delivery Architect
17 May 2021

“Work Culture is good and I like it.”

Senior Data and Information Architect
6 Mar 2021

“Good salary and perks.”

University of Alabama at BirminghamUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham
Database Architect
20 Nov 2019

“pay is not competitive”

Affluent Global ServicesAffluent Global Services
Senior Data Architect
17 Jun 2021

“No benefits all you have to pay from your CTC”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a database architect

When working as a database architect, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Database Architecture, MS SQL Server, ETL, Azure Data and Big Data.

The most similar professions to database architect are:
  • SQL Developer
  • Database Developer
  • Data Warehouse Architect
  • Database Administrator

The most common qualifications to become a database architect is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.