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By Richard Rost   Richard Rost on LinkedIn Email Richard Rost   2 years ago

Access Jobs - Is Microsoft Access a Valuable Skill?

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Is Microsoft Access a valuable skill to have when looking for employment?

The answer is definitely a resounding "yes!"

Not only are there no shortage of employers looking for people with Microsoft Access on their resume, but there is a ton of work to be found as either a freelancer or a consultant with Access database skills.


Access is In Demand!

First of all, yes, Microsoft Access is very much used in today's business environment. Granted, you will find Access being used more in small and mid-sized companies, however there are over 31 million small business that make up more than 99% of all businesses in the US, and they account for 44% of all US economic activity.

Many small businesses have custom databases built for them using Microsoft Access. I know. I've build hundreds of them myself during my developer days. Even large businesses will have Access databases used throughout the organization to interface with big back-end systems like SQL Server. Access is everywhere.

In addition to work as an Access developer, there are also lots of companies looking for Access training too. I get emails every week asking if I offer live training for Access. I used to, and I had no shortage of work. I only stopped doing it because I prefer to spend my time making videos for you nice folks. Because I care about you. You're like my family. :)

Actual Jobs

In 2020, ZipRecruiter indicated that database management skills (including Microsoft Access) were in demand.

I did a search on,, and LinkedIn Jobs and had no problems finding lots of employers looking for Microsoft Access as one of their required skills. Here's LinkedIn with over 31,000 Access jobs listed: lists the average base salary for a Microsoft Access developer as $63k per year. That's about $30/hour, which isn't bad. Of course this will change based on your level of experience, and where you're located.


The real opportunities, however, are for those who are interested in freelancing or starting a consulting business. I spent several years as a consultant, building databases for small businesses before I got involved with training. I had no shortage of work, and this was back in the 90s, before the days of social media. Now it's so easy to find people looking for help with Microsoft Access. I even created a Forum to match up Access Developers with people looking for help with Access.

I've checked out a couple of sites like,, and Honestly, I've never gotten any work from them. I set up sample accounts on them, but my rate is a lot higher than what other people on those sites charge, that I'm not surprised I didn't get any bites. But I've heard some of my students tell me that they were able to get some decent work from a few of them. 

The problems with online freelancing sites for US developers is that we're competing with people in countries that have a much lower cost of living. There are developers that literally charge $5 per hour. So unless you can convince the prospective client why you're worth so much more, you'll have a difficult go of it. Of course, someone's always cheaper. I've got a whole page dedicated to this topic: Advice for Consultants. I've got a video coming out on this soon.

What Do You Need?

You should be proficient with Access on a Developer level and have a strong understanding of VBA. I would suggest taking a look at my Access class outlines (especially the Expert and Developer classes) and make sure you know most of what's covered there.

You should be well versed in the SQL language as it pertains to Access. Again, take a look at the outlines for my SQL Seminars and make sure you know most of that.

You'll need to know how to build databases with proper relational structure, and be able to deploy them securely in multi-user environments. See my Security Seminar for details on this.

You must be able to teach people how to use the database you build, so communication skills and a mastery of the English language are important. Or, of course, whatever language is prevalent in your country. This is something, unfortunately, that comes with experience. The more you interact with customers, the better you'll get. 

After you master Microsoft Access alone, there are a dozen ways you can expand your skills. Learn SQL Server to be able to deploy your Access database to larger organizations or even on the Internet.

Learn ASP (or ASP.NET) to be able to develop web-based applications around your database.

Access is Not Going Anywhere

At least once a week I get asked a question like "is Microsoft Access going away?" "is Access being phased out?" or "is Access being discontinued?" Of course, the answer to all of these questions is a resounding NO.

Ignore Naysayers

When I was doing research for this video, I came across another YouTuber who called Access Microsoft's "weird little cheesy database for dummies app."

I've been using and teaching Access for 28 years now. I've built Access solutions (with and without SQL Server) for hundreds of clients in my developer days, and I've taught literally hundreds of thousands of people how to build with Access since starting my YouTube channel in 2006. 

The people who put Microsoft Access down are usually the ones who truly don't understand and appreciate the power and flexibility of this "cheesy" little app.

Customer acquisition firm Enlyft lists over 98,000 companies that use Microsoft Access. Access has over 10% of the overall database management market share.

And yes, I realize the callout line points to the wrong slice of the chart. Oops.

Access is The Best

Access is THE BEST database platform available for rapid development, especially for small and mid-sized organizations. When you outgrow that, Access is still a fantastic front-end for a more powerful back-end database like SQL Server. And of course, from there, you will have no problems getting your data on the Web. 

I've had hundreds of my students thank me for teaching them the skills they needed to either start their own businesses providing Access consulting, or getting a well-paying job in a company using Access. So yes, my friends... learn Access... especially if it's your first experience with building databases.


I hope this video helped to show you that Microsoft Access is definitely a skill that will help you either find a job, start a new career as a freelance developer, or even start your own business as an Access consultant or trainer. The possibilities are endless. Microsoft Access is definitely in demand.

Thanks for watching. Again, I'm Richard Rost with Access Learning Zone. Keep learning!

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