Most database administrators have a degree in a computing subject such as computing science, information technology or software engineering. Entry to most degrees requires 4-5 Highers, usually including Maths.
Some entrants have a degree in maths or a business subject. Entry requirements are 4-5 Highers, often including Maths.
If you have a non-computing degree, you can do a postgraduate computer-related conversion course.
You need to know how to use structured query language (SQL) and database management systems (DBMS), such as SQLServer, Oracle and Sybase (there are many more).
You might get in with a HND in a computing subject on a company training scheme. You usually need 2 Highers for entry to an HND course.
You might get in through a Modern Apprenticeship in IT and Telecommunications at SCQF Level 6, then work your way up with experience and further specialist training, or a Technical Apprenticeship at SCQF Level 8.
Studying for a relevant Foundation Apprenticeship while in fifth and sixth year at school could count towards entry of a course or apprenticeship. Entry requirements vary between colleges, but you usually require some subjects at National 5 including English and Maths.
Jobs are in the technical departments of all sectors in industry and commerce: banks, building societies, computer and telecommunications companies, hospitals, insurance companies, retail, transport, central and local government, colleges and universities.
Job opportunities are good, but entry is competitive.