Information & Communication Technology

Data Migration Specialist (IT)

Data migration specialists plan, implement and manage the movement of data between IT systems, software or applications.

  • Entry-level education

    Bachelor’s degree

  • Job outlook

    1 2 3 4 5

What does a Data Migration Specialist (IT) do?

Data migration specialists plan, implement and manage the movement of data between IT systems, software or applications.


Work activities

As a data migration specialist, you would:

  • meet with clients or users to find out their data migration needs
  • create a project plan for the migration process, including mapping risks and potential impacts
  • undertake an audit of existing data
  • cleanse data as necessary to remove the potential for issues with data migration
  • test the system after the migration process
  • find and fix any outstanding faults or issues with migrated data
  • document the processes undertaken, any issues, and fixes that have been deployed
  • develop best practice standards and protocols for data migration.

Key skills and interests

To become a data migration specialist, you would need:

  • a thorough knowledge of database systems
  • accuracy and attention to detail
  • problem-solving capabilities
  • a methodical and logical approach to your work
  • good time management skills
  • an understanding of data protection issues
  • a commitment to ongoing learning of IT knowledge and skills.

Working hours and conditions

Working Hours

As a data migration specialist you would work a standard number of hours each week with longer hours, possibly over weekends or holidays, to do the actual migration process. Migration projects are generally implemented outside of standard business hours for minimum disruption.


You would mainly work at a computer, as part of a team, and usually in an office environment, which may be open plan. You may travel to meetings with clients or users and be on-call for any issues arising from the migration process.


How to become an Data Migration Specialist (IT)?

Entry Level Education

To become a data migration specialist you usually have to complete a degree in information technology, information systems or computer science at university. Entry into degree courses usually requires a senior secondary school certificate or equivalent. English, maths and computing would be appropriate subjects to study prior to university.

Membership of the Australian Computer Society is available to those who hold, or are working towards, suitable qualifications.


Job outlook

  • 1 2 3 4 5

Employment of data migration specialists is projects to grow faster than the average for all occupations.

Data migration specialists are likely to see more available opportunities because companies are increasingly looking to use data more efficiently and effectively, and are therefore investing in new or upgraded IT systems and software that will allow them to better analyse and use data. Data will therefore need to be migrated from existing to new or upgraded systems.


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