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Working As A Database Engineer

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

  • $79,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Database Engineer 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 Engineer

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 Engineer Career Paths

Database Engineer
Senior Database Administrator Data Architect Architect
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Database Administrator Principal Consultant Senior Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Oracle Database Administrator Senior Technician Specialist Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Business Intelligence Developer Business Consultant Information Technology Consultant
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Oracle Database Administrator Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Systems Administrator
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
SQL Database Administrator BI Developer Senior Software Engineer
Senior .NET Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Database Administrator Senior Oracle Database Administrator
Senior Database Administrator
9 Yearsyrs
Database Architect Oracle Database Administrator Information Technology Manager
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
SQL Database Administrator Senior Database Administrator Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Database Developer Data Analyst Web Developer
Senior Java Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Consultant Information Systems Manager
Senior Manager-Systems
12 Yearsyrs
Database Administrator Oracle Database Administrator
Senior Oracle Database Administrator
7 Yearsyrs
Database Developer Database Administrator
Senior Software Engineer
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Lead Technician Systems Administrator
Senior System Administrator
8 Yearsyrs
Database Architect Database Administrator Senior Software Engineer
Senior Systems Engineer
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Database Engineer Senior Database Administrator Information Technology Manager
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Development Manager Director Of Software Development
Vice President, Software Development
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Oracle Database Administrator Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Senior Engineer 4.3 years
Software Engineer 3.2 years
Database Engineer 3.0 years
Database Architect 2.7 years
Database Analyst 2.5 years
Data Engineer 2.5 years
Database Developer 2.1 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 4.8%
Programmer 3.2%
Top Employers After
Consultant 3.3%

Database Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

71.6%

Female

23.8%

Unknown

4.6%
Ethnicity

White

64.2%

Asian

21.8%

Hispanic or Latino

7.4%

Unknown

4.7%

Black or African American

1.8%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

20.0%

Italian

15.0%

French

10.0%

Mandarin

10.0%

Chinese

5.0%

Turkish

5.0%

German

5.0%

Dutch

5.0%

Japanese

5.0%

Russian

5.0%

Carrier

5.0%

Hindi

5.0%

Arabic

5.0%
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Database Engineer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

8.3%

George Mason University

8.3%

Northeastern University

7.4%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

7.4%

University of Central Florida

5.8%

University of Maryland - Baltimore County

5.8%

University of Maryland - University College

5.0%

University of Washington

5.0%

Strayer University

5.0%

American InterContinental University

5.0%

University of Maryland - College Park

5.0%

National University

4.1%

Johns Hopkins University

4.1%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

4.1%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.3%

Bellevue College

3.3%

Virginia Commonwealth University

3.3%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

3.3%

University of Colorado at Boulder

3.3%

San Francisco State University

3.3%
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Majors

Computer Science

29.9%

Business

12.1%

Computer Information Systems

8.4%

Information Systems

6.2%

Electrical Engineering

6.1%

Computer Engineering

5.9%

Information Technology

5.5%

Computer Applications

4.0%

Management Information Systems

3.5%

Finance

2.6%

Project Management

2.0%

Management

2.0%

Mechanical Engineering

1.7%

Engineering

1.7%

Physics

1.7%

Accounting

1.7%

Management Science

1.5%

Chemistry

1.3%

Computer Networking

1.3%

Statistics

1.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

42.3%

Masters

34.1%

Other

13.3%

Associate

3.9%

Certificate

3.3%

Doctorate

2.2%

Diploma

1.0%
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Real Database Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Production Database Engineer Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Sep 10, 2015 $258,060
Production Database Engineer Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Aug 20, 2015 $238,944 -
$258,944
MTS 2, Database Engineering Paypal, Inc. San Jose, CA Dec 29, 2016 $205,000
MTS, Database Engineer Paypal, Inc. San Jose, CA Apr 18, 2016 $205,000
MTS 2, Database Engineering EBAY Inc. San Jose, CA Aug 16, 2016 $185,000
MTS 2, Database Engineering EBAY Inc. San Jose, CA May 10, 2015 $185,000
Manager, Database Engineer 3 Paypal, Inc. San Jose, CA Dec 12, 2016 $184,304
Database Engineer 4, Cloud Security Blue Coat Systems Inc. San Jose, CA Jan 19, 2016 $180,000
Database Engineer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Oct 15, 2015 $176,300
MTS 2, Database Engineering Paypal, Inc. San Jose, CA Aug 03, 2016 $173,775
Database Engineer Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA May 18, 2015 $172,000
Database Engineer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Jan 12, 2015 $172,000
Database Engineer Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Dec 09, 2016 $172,000 -
$192,000
MTS 2, Database Engineer Paypal, Inc. San Jose, CA Feb 15, 2015 $171,559
Database Engineer Moody's Analytics San Francisco, CA Jun 17, 2015 $114,400
Database Engineer 3 Stubhub San Francisco, CA Sep 13, 2016 $113,963 -
$130,000
Oracle Database Engineer III Universal Service Administrative Company Washington, DC Feb 13, 2015 $113,485
Database Engineer PGDS (Us One) LLC Lansing, MI Apr 26, 2016 $113,341 -
$115,360
Database Engineer SQL Novartis Services Inc. Fort Worth, TX Apr 01, 2016 $112,765
Database Engineer Interactive Data Corporation Hayward, CA Jul 31, 2015 $112,750
Database Engineer Streamline Health, Inc. New York, NY May 25, 2016 $112,715
Database Engineer Coupons.Com Incorporated Mountain View, CA Mar 05, 2015 $112,000
Database Engineer Itcaps LLC Berlin, NJ Sep 13, 2016 $84,231
Database Engineer 2 Paypal, Inc. Scottsdale, AZ Oct 20, 2015 $84,050
Database Engineer Global Data Mart, Inc. South Plainfield, NJ Sep 05, 2016 $83,741
Database Engineer Symphony Performance Health, Inc. Alpharetta, GA Nov 06, 2015 $83,578
Database Engineer Symphony Performance Health, Inc. Alpharetta, GA Oct 11, 2016 $83,578
Database Engineer Basic Solutions Corp. Milpitas, CA Oct 12, 2015 $83,480
Database Engineer Populus Group Columbus, OH Aug 17, 2015 $83,480
Database Engineer Powers Engineering and Inspection, Inc. Vacaville, CA Jan 01, 2016 $83,438

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Top Skills for A Database Engineer

Pl/SqlDatabaseDesignProceduresMicrosoftSQLServerBackupWebWindowsServerETLDBASsisDataWarehouseHighAvailabilitySsrsUnixLinuxCapacityPlanningMysqlT-SqlDisasterRecoveryRAC

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Top Database Engineer Skills

  1. Pl/Sql
  2. Database Design
  3. Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Developed reusable PL/SQL components for deployment in a traditional data warehouse environment.
  • Participate in decisions around data warehouse architecture and more specifically data models and database design.
  • Establish and implement test procedures for packaged and electronic commerce application products in LAN/WAN, client/server, and Internet environments.
  • Led projects to migrate Ford's strategic relational database platform from Oracle to Microsoft SQL Server.
  • Performed backup and recovery of Oracle databases using RMAN.

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