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What Is a Postgresql DBA and How to Become One

What Does a PostgreSQL DBA Do?

As a PostgreSQL database administrator or PostgreSQL DBA, you build, maintain, configure, and repair PostgreSQL open-source databases. Other duties include deploying applications to help clients and employers use the database for their specific needs. You also update and secure the database’s network and server, respond to security alerts, and perform data back-up and recovery tasks. Your responsibilities often include working with a developer to program software and training employees to use database features. You are also expected to test and debug upgrades or changes to the database before deploying them.

How to Become a PostgreSQL DBA

The preferred qualifications to become a PostgreSQL DBA include a bachelor's degree and a few years of experience in database administration, specifically in configuring and troubleshooting PostgreSQL. Employers prefer degrees in management information systems, information technology, computer science, or another computer-related subject. Training resources are available through the PostgreSQL community or educational companies such as the Linux Academy, but employers typically do not require professional certification in PostgreSQL. However, you do need to understand how to code in SQL, optimize and fine-tune databases, and implement disaster recovery standards. Employers may prefer you to have skills in an Agile environment.