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Working As A Database/Application Developer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Mostly Sitting

  • $89,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Database/Application Developer Do

Software developers are the creative minds behind computer programs. Some develop the applications that allow people to do specific tasks on a computer or another device. Others develop the underlying systems that run the devices or that control networks.

Duties

Software developers typically do the following:

  • Analyze users’ needs and then design, test, and develop software to meet those needs
  • Recommend software upgrades for customers’ existing programs and systems
  • Design each piece of an application or a system and plan how the pieces will work together
  • Create a variety of models and diagrams (such as flowcharts) that instruct programmers how to write software code
  • Ensure that a program continues to function normally through software maintenance and testing
  • Document every aspect of an application or a system as a reference for future maintenance and upgrades
  • Collaborate with other computer specialists to create optimum software

Software developers are in charge of the entire development process for a software program. They may begin by asking how the customer plans to use the software. They must identify the core functionality that users need from software programs. Software developers must also determine user requirements that are unrelated to the functionality of software, such as the level of security and performance needs. They design the program and then give instructions to programmers, who write computer code and test it.

If the program does not work as expected or if testers find it too difficult to use, software developers go back to the design process to fix the problems or improve the program. After the program is released to the customer, a developer may perform upgrades and maintenance.

Developers usually work closely with computer programmers. However, in some companies, developers write code themselves instead of giving instructions to the programmers.

Developers who supervise a software project from the planning stages through implementation sometimes are called information technology (IT) project managers. These workers monitor the project’s progress to ensure that it meets deadlines, standards, and cost targets. IT project managers who plan and direct an organization’s IT department or IT policies are included in the profile on computer and information systems managers.

The following are examples of types of software developers:

Applications software developers design computer applications, such as word processors and games, for consumers. They may create custom software for a specific customer or commercial software to be sold to the general public. Some applications software developers create complex databases for organizations. They also create programs that people use over the Internet and within a company’s intranet.

Systems software developers create the systems that keep computers functioning properly. These could be operating systems for computers that the general public buys or systems built specifically for an organization. Often, systems software developers also build the system’s interface, which is what allows users to interact with the computer. Systems software developers are creating the operating systems that control most of the consumer electronics in use today, including the systems in phones or cars.

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How To Become A Database/Application Developer

Software developers usually have a bachelor’s degree in computer science and strong computer programming skills.

Education

Software developers usually have a bachelor’s degree, typically in computer science, software engineering, or a related field. A degree in mathematics is also acceptable. Computer science degree programs are the most common, because they tend to cover a broad range of topics. Students should focus on classes related to building software in order to better prepare themselves for work in the occupation. For some positions, employers may prefer a master’s degree.

Although writing code is not their first priority, developers must have a strong background in computer programming. They usually gain this experience in school. Throughout their career, developers must keep up to date on new tools and computer languages.

Software developers also need skills related to the industry in which they work. Developers working in a bank, for example, should have knowledge of finance so that they can understand a bank’s computing needs.

Other Experience

Many students gain experience in software development by completing an internship at a software company while in college.

Some software developers first work as computer programmers and then are given more responsibility as they gain experience. Eventually, they become developers.

Advancement

Software developers can advance to become information technology (IT) project managers, also called computer and information systems managers, a position in which they oversee the software development process.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Developers must analyze users’ needs and then design software to meet those needs.

Communication skills. Developers must be able to give clear instructions to others working on a project. They must also explain to their customers how the software works and answer any questions that arise.

Computer skills. Developers must understand computer capabilities and programming languages in order to design effective software.

Creativity. Developers are the creative minds behind new computer software.

Detail oriented. Developers often work on many parts of an application or system at the same time and must therefore be able to concentrate and pay attention to detail.

Interpersonal skills. Software developers must be able to work well with others who contribute to designing, developing, and programming successful software.

Problem-solving skills. Because developers are in charge of software from beginning to end, they must be able to solve problems that arise throughout the design process.

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Database/Application Developer Career Paths

Database/Application Developer
Database Administrator Consultant Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Database Administrator Consultant Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Database Administrator Project Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Project Manager Development Manager
Senior Development Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Chief Technology Officer
President & Chief Technology Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Applications Developer Systems Analyst
Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Applications Developer Senior Programmer Analyst Manager Applications Development
Application Development Director
11 Yearsyrs
Applications Developer Consultant Product Manager
Vice President, Product Management
13 Yearsyrs
Database Developer Programmer Analyst Information Technology Project Manager
Technical Delivery Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Database Developer Programmer Analyst Senior Programmer Analyst
Application Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Database Developer Programmer Analyst Information Technology Consultant
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Project Manager Co-Founder
Chief Technology Officer & Founder
9 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Systems Analyst Information Technology Manager
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
Oracle Database Administrator Senior Consultant Information Technology Director
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Oracle Database Administrator Senior Consultant Technical Project Manager
Technical Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Oracle Database Administrator Project Leader Delivery Manager
Senior Delivery Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Web Developer Development Manager Director Of Software Development
Vice President Of Software Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Web Developer Senior Programmer Analyst Manager Applications Development
Vice President Of Application Development
11 Yearsyrs
Web Developer Technical Consultant Senior Technical Consultant
Principal Technologist
10 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Database Analyst 2.5 years
Solution Developer 2.3 years
Developer 2.2 years
Contract Developer 2.1 years
Database Developer 2.1 years
Top Careers Before Database/Application Developer
Programmer 5.3%
Consultant 3.5%
Developer 2.7%
Top Careers After Database/Application Developer
Consultant 5.7%
Developer 4.4%

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Average Yearly Salary
$89,000
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$71,000
Min 10%
$89,000
Median 50%
$89,000
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$112,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
JPMorgan Chase
Highest Paying City
New York, NY
Highest Paying State
New York
Avg Experience Level
3.0 years
How much does a Database/Application Developer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Database/Application Developer in the United States is $89,986 per year or $43 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $71,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $113,000.

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Real Database/Application Developer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Manager, Database Application Developer Activision Publishing, Inc. Nov 07, 2016 $145,000
Senior Database Application Developer Merkle Inc. Mar 20, 2016 $139,256
Applications Development-Database Developer/Administrator The Blackstone Group Oct 01, 2015 $133,900
Senior Database Application Developer Merkle Inc. Mar 20, 2013 $130,000
Applications Development-Database Developer/Administrator The Blackstone Group Feb 27, 2015 $130,000
Application Development Database Developer/Adminis The Blackstone Group Apr 21, 2014 $122,179
Application Development Database Developer/Adminis The Blackstone Group Dec 19, 2013 $122,179
Application Development Database Developer/Administrator The Blackstone Group Dec 29, 2016 $121,202
Application Development Database Developer/Administrator The Blackstone Group Dec 19, 2016 $121,202
Java Database Application Developer The Advisory Board Company Oct 01, 2013 $119,850
Senior Database/Application Developer Managed Staffing Inc. Apr 12, 2013 $118,959
Database Application Developer Inceptopia LLC Oct 26, 2016 $116,000
Senior Database Application Developer S&P OpCo, LLC Nov 22, 2016 $115,569
Database Application Developer II Teradata Operations, Inc. Mar 30, 2011 $98,805
Applications Database Developer, Senior University of Massachusetts Medical School Aug 29, 2011 $98,376
Database Application Developer Trustees of The University of Pennsylvania Oct 25, 2015 $95,954
Database Application Developer Trustees of The University of Pennsylvania Oct 24, 2015 $95,954
Application Database Developer III University of Massachusetts Medical School Jan 12, 2016 $93,636
Applications Database Developer III University of Massachusetts Medical School Jun 12, 2010 $93,323
Applications Database Developer III University of Massachusetts Medical School Oct 15, 2011 $93,000
Database Application Developer Trustees of The University of Pennsylvania Mar 24, 2011 $86,682
Applications Database Developer III University of Massachusetts Medical School Jun 25, 2010 $85,520
Senior Database Application Developer Techtarget, Inc. Jan 09, 2012 $85,000
Senior Database Application Developer Rite Pros Inc. Jan 13, 2015 $84,781
Database Applications Fujitsu America, Inc. Jul 28, 2015 $83,436
Software Applications and Database Developer Highdata Software Corporation Mar 01, 2013 $81,800
Senior Database Applications Developer Zounds Hearing, Inc. May 23, 2012 $80,000
Database Applications Developer Direct Partners, Inc. Jun 30, 2015 $80,000

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Top Skills for A Database/Application Developer

  1. Pl/Sql
  2. Web Application
  3. SQL
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Utilized server-side PL/SQL procedures accessed by a User Interface to decreased network traffic and allow the use of a thin client.
  • Designed innovative web applications including the primary shift scheduling tool used by site leadership.
  • Performed database and query performance tuning to optimize SQL Server performance, including analyzing execution plans and capturing performance counter data.
  • Provided management oversight of Infrastructure, Telephony, Application Development, and Database Management processes and standard operating procedures.
  • Handled all aspects of development from requirements gathering and solutions design to implementation and life-cycle management.

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Top 10 Best States for Database/Application Developers

  1. Virginia
  2. New York
  3. District of Columbia
  4. Massachusetts
  5. North Carolina
  6. Delaware
  7. California
  8. Texas
  9. New Hampshire
  10. Rhode Island
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Database/Application Developer Demographics

Gender

Male

72.3%

Female

18.4%

Unknown

9.2%
Ethnicity

White

53.3%

Asian

20.1%

Hispanic or Latino

11.2%

Black or African American

10.6%

Unknown

4.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Japanese

20.0%

Spanish

20.0%

Vietnamese

10.0%

French

10.0%

Carrier

10.0%

Hindi

10.0%

Russian

10.0%

Italian

10.0%
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Database/Application Developer Education

Schools

Louisiana State University and A&M College

5.9%

University of Maryland - University College

5.9%

North Carolina State University

5.9%

Arizona State University

5.9%

New York University

5.9%

University of California - Los Angeles

5.9%

University of Massachusetts - Boston

5.9%

Iowa State University

5.9%

University of Southern California

5.9%

George Washington University

5.9%

West Virginia University

5.9%

Des Moines Area Community College

3.9%

University of Houston - Clear Lake

3.9%

University of Washington

3.9%

Boston University

3.9%

University of St. Thomas (Minnesota)

3.9%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

3.9%

Central Michigan University

3.9%

Pennsylvania State University

3.9%

Minnesota State University - Moorhead

3.9%
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Majors

Computer Science

28.8%

Business

9.9%

Information Technology

8.0%

Electrical Engineering

7.5%

Management Information Systems

5.7%

Computer Engineering

5.7%

Computer Systems Security

5.2%

Computer Applications

5.2%

Computer Programming

3.8%

Computer Information Systems

3.3%

Finance

2.8%

Psychology

2.4%

Management

2.4%

Project Management

1.4%

Management Science

1.4%

Marketing

1.4%

Engineering

1.4%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.4%

Physics

1.4%

Information Sciences

0.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

48.3%

Masters

32.6%

Certificate

8.3%

Associate

5.4%

Diploma

2.9%

Doctorate

2.5%
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