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Working As A Database Developer

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

  • $76,654

    Average Salary

What Does A Database 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 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 Developer Career Paths

Database Developer
ETL Developer Data Analyst Senior Programmer Analyst
Application Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Database Administrator Data Analyst
Data Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior ETL Developer Lead Technician Senior Manager
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Business Intelligence Analyst Business Intelligence Manager
Director Of Intelligence
12 Yearsyrs
ETL Developer Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Database Developer/Database Administrator Database Administrator Information Technology Manager
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Product Manager Regional Manager
Group Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Technical Consultant Network Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Technical Project Manager Implementation Manager
Integration Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Web Developer Senior Consultant Development Manager
Senior Development Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Data Analyst Business Analyst Information Technology Project Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Web Developer Systems Analyst Systems Manager
Senior Manager-Systems
11 Yearsyrs
Oracle Database Administrator Technical Consultant Sales Engineer
Technical Account Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Lead Developer Manager Applications Development Application Development Director
Vice President Of Application Development
11 Yearsyrs
Database Administrator Senior Software Engineer Engineering Manager
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Data Analyst Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Development Manager Director Of Software Development
Vice President Of Software Engineering
14 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Engineering Manager Director Of Software Development
Vice President, Software Development
11 Yearsyrs
SQL Developer Business Analyst Assistant Vice President
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Database Engineer 2.7 years
Database Analyst 2.4 years
Oracle Developer 2.3 years
SQL BI Developer 2.1 years
MS SQL Developer 2.0 years
Database Developer 2.0 years
SQL Developer 1.8 years
Reports Developer 1.7 years
Ssrs Developer 1.7 years
Ssis Developer 1.5 years
Top Careers Before Database Developer
Developer 6.3%
Consultant 6.0%
Programmer 4.7%
Top Careers After Database Developer
Consultant 6.0%
Developer 5.9%

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Database Developer Demographics

Gender

Male

67.2%

Female

27.3%

Unknown

5.5%
Ethnicity

White

47.9%

Asian

25.2%

Hispanic or Latino

11.2%

Black or African American

9.4%

Unknown

6.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

27.3%

French

16.2%

Russian

10.1%

Chinese

9.1%

German

6.1%

Arabic

5.1%

Italian

4.0%

Portuguese

3.0%

Japanese

3.0%

Hindi

2.0%

Korean

2.0%

Urdu

2.0%

Carrier

2.0%

Hebrew

2.0%

Swahili

1.0%

Vietnamese

1.0%

Gujarati

1.0%

Dutch

1.0%

Mandarin

1.0%

Danish

1.0%
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Database Developer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

14.1%

George Mason University

6.7%

Illinois Institute of Technology

5.6%

Pennsylvania State University

5.6%

Northeastern University

5.6%

Northern Illinois University

5.3%

Texas A&M University

4.9%

University of Washington

4.6%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

4.6%

More Tech Institute

4.6%

Johns Hopkins University

4.6%

Syracuse University

4.2%

Carnegie Mellon University

4.2%

Virginia Commonwealth University

3.9%

University of Arizona

3.9%

University of South Florida

3.5%

New York University

3.5%

George Washington University

3.5%

Rochester Institute of Technology

3.5%

DePaul University

3.5%
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Majors

Computer Science

30.3%

Computer Information Systems

9.8%

Business

9.1%

Information Technology

8.0%

Information Systems

5.9%

Computer Engineering

5.9%

Electrical Engineering

4.8%

Computer Applications

4.4%

Management Information Systems

3.8%

Engineering

2.9%

Mathematics

2.9%

Finance

2.1%

Computer Programming

1.6%

Management

1.6%

Accounting

1.6%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.2%

Computer Networking

1.2%

Project Management

1.0%

Information Sciences

1.0%

Psychology

0.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

44.2%

Masters

32.7%

Other

11.9%

Associate

5.4%

Certificate

2.5%

Doctorate

2.1%

Diploma

1.2%
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Real Database Developer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Database Developer Techniligent Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Apr 21, 2016 $164,382
Software-Database Developers Mitchell/Martin Inc. New York, NY Nov 17, 2015 $160,000
Database Developer Citadel LLC Chicago, IL Apr 18, 2016 $150,000 -
$200,000
Staff Database Developer Fireeye, Inc. Milpitas, CA Jan 19, 2016 $150,000 -
$160,000
Database Developer Mio Partners, Inc. New York, NY Nov 21, 2016 $140,000
Oracle Database Developer Currier, McCabe & Associates New York, NY Sep 24, 2016 $139,029
Database Developer KGS-Alpha Capital Markets, L.P. New York, NY Dec 06, 2016 $138,000
Database Developer HULU, LLC Santa Monica, CA Oct 01, 2015 $135,000
Database Developer Tableau Software Inc. Seattle, WA Apr 27, 2016 $133,806 -
$143,806
Database Developer (Functional Title: Database ENG, Software ENG or Oracle Developer/) Securiport, LLC Washington, DC Feb 25, 2016 $132,250
Database Developers The Dotcom.Team, LLC Braintree Town, MA Aug 22, 2016 $131,800
Database Developers The Dotcom.Team, LLC Braintree Town, MA Aug 31, 2016 $131,800
Database Developers The Dotcom.Team, LLC Braintree Town, MA Oct 27, 2016 $131,800
Database Developer Yesmail, Inc. Burlington, MA Sep 03, 2016 $131,747
Database Developer Lendingtree, LLC Charlotte, NC Dec 14, 2016 $94,973
Database Developer Wunderman Data Management, LLC Richardson, TX Jan 04, 2016 $94,668
Database Developer KBM Group LLC Richardson, TX Aug 02, 2016 $94,668
Database Developer Software Technology Inc. Princeton, NJ Jul 12, 2015 $94,536
Database Developer Software Technology Inc. Princeton, NJ May 06, 2015 $94,536
Database Developer Expedia, Inc. Bellevue, WA May 18, 2015 $94,350 -
$130,301
Database Developer Expedia, Inc. Bellevue, WA Mar 06, 2016 $94,350 -
$125,000
Database Developer Anjus LLC Wilmington, DE Nov 18, 2015 $75,132
EBI Database Developer II Cleveland Clinic Independence, OH Aug 05, 2015 $75,107
Database Developer Management Decisions, Inc. Chandler, AZ Jan 22, 2015 $75,000 -
$120,000
Database Developer Dotcom Team, LLC Braintree Town, MA Nov 25, 2016 $75,000 -
$110,000
Database Developer Dotcom Team, LLC NY Nov 25, 2016 $75,000 -
$110,000
Database Developer Dotcom Team, LLC Braintree Town, MA Jun 06, 2016 $75,000 -
$110,000
Database Developer Yellowjacket, Inc. New York, NY Aug 12, 2015 $75,000 -
$110,000
Oracle Database Developer Datametrics Software Systems Inc. Roseland, NJ Mar 24, 2015 $75,000

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Top Skills for A Database Developer

  1. Pl/Sql
  2. SQL
  3. Database Objects
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  • Created SQL Loader scripts and External tables to load the data from flat files and validated the data with PL/SQL procedures.
  • Developed Banking Credit Pipeline using Microsoft Access and SQL Server
  • Defined query optimization, performance and tuning of stored procedures and database objects.
  • SOAP UI, Informatica Power Center 9.0.1, Windows XP.
  • Tuned existing packages/tables/queries for faster ETL processing.

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