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Working As A Database Programmer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $71,010

    Average Salary

What Does A Database Programmer Do

Computer programmers write and test code that allows computer applications and software programs to function properly. They turn the program designs created by software developers and engineers into instructions that a computer can follow. In addition, programmers test newly created applications and programs to ensure that they produce the expected results. If they do not work correctly, computer programmers check the code for mistakes and fix them.

Duties

Computer programmers typically do the following:

  • Write programs in a variety of computer languages, such as C++ and Java
  • Update and expand existing programs
  • Test programs for errors and fix the faulty lines of computer code responsible
  • Create and test code in an integrated development environment (IDE)
  • Use code libraries, which are collections of independent lines of code, to simplify the writing

Programmers work closely with software developers, and in some businesses their duties overlap. When such overlap occurs, programmers can do work that is typical of developers, such as designing the program. Program design entails planning the software initially, creating models and flowcharts detailing how the code is to be written, writing and debugging code, and designing an application or systems interface. Programmers often use an IDE, which allows them to create, edit, and test code.

A program’s purpose determines the complexity of its computer code. For example, a weather application for a mobile device will require less programming than a social-networking application. Simpler programs can be written in less time. Complex programs, such as computer operating systems, can take a year or more to complete.

Software-as-a-service (SaaS), which consists of applications provided through the Internet, is a growing field. Although programmers typically need to rewrite their programs to work on different system platforms, such as Windows or OS X, applications created with SaaS work on all platforms. Accordingly, programmers writing SaaS applications may not have to rewrite as much code as other programmers do and can instead spend more time writing new programs.

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How To Become A Database Programmer

Most computer programmers have a bachelor’s degree in computer science or a related subject; however, some employers hire workers with an associate’s degree. Most programmers specialize in a few programming languages.

Education

Most computer programmers have a bachelor’s degree; however, some employers hire workers who have an associate’s degree. Most programmers get a degree in computer science or a related subject. Programmers who work in specific fields, such as healthcare or accounting, may take classes in that field to supplement their degree in computer programming. In addition, employers value experience, which many students gain through internships.

Most programmers learn a few computer languages while in school. However, a computer science degree gives students the skills needed to learn new computer languages easily. During their classes, students receive hands-on experience writing code, testing programs, fixing errors, and doing many other tasks that they will perform on the job.

To keep up with changing technology, computer programmers may take continuing education and professional development seminars to learn new programming languages or about upgrades to programming languages they already know.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Programmers can become certified in specific programming languages or for vendor-specific programming products. Some companies require their computer programmers to be certified in the products they use.

Other Experience

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

Advancement

Programmers who have general business experience may become computer systems analysts. With experience, some programmers may become software developers. They may also be promoted to managerial positions. For more information, see the profiles on computer systems analysts, software developers, and computer and information systems managers.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Computer programmers must understand complex instructions in order to create computer code.

Concentration. Programmers must be able to work at a computer, writing lines of code for long periods.

Detail oriented. Computer programmers must closely examine the code they write because a small mistake can affect the entire computer program.

Troubleshooting skills. An important part of a programmer’s job is to check the code for errors and fix any they find.

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Database Programmer Career Paths

Database Programmer
Network Administrator Systems Engineer Senior Software Engineer
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Systems Administrator
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Database Developer Database Administrator Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Senior Manager Director Of Information
Director, Applications
13 Yearsyrs
Network Administrator Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Data Analyst Project Coordinator Project Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Web Developer Technical Consultant Network Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Database Administrator Business Analyst Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Systems Engineer Systems Administrator
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Senior Consultant Project Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Software Developer Applications Developer Senior Software Engineer
Senior .NET Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Web Developer Applications Developer Senior Software Engineer
Senior ETL Developer
5 Yearsyrs
Data Analyst Business Analyst Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Database Administrator Senior Software Engineer
Senior Java Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Senior Software Engineer Senior Consultant
Senior Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Software Developer Systems Analyst
Senior Programmer Analyst
7 Yearsyrs
Database Developer Data Analyst Business Analyst
Senior Quality Assurance Analyst
6 Yearsyrs
Programmer Analyst Senior Programmer Analyst
Senior Software Engineer
6 Yearsyrs
Programmer Analyst Systems Analyst
Senior Systems Analyst
7 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Information Technology Manager Technical Director
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Programmer Analyst 4.0 years
Senior Programmer 3.4 years
Lead Programmer 3.1 years
Database Manager 2.9 years
Database Engineer 2.8 years
Database Architect 2.7 years
Programmer 2.6 years
Access Developer 2.6 years
Database Analyst 2.5 years
Contract Developer 2.3 years
Database Developer 2.1 years
Database Designer 1.9 years
Junior Programmer 1.8 years
Top Employers Before
Programmer 14.4%
Consultant 4.6%
Top Employers After
Programmer 5.9%
Consultant 5.9%
Developer 5.1%
Analyst 3.3%
Manager 2.9%

Database Programmer Demographics

Gender

Male

69.5%

Female

27.1%

Unknown

3.3%
Ethnicity

White

67.1%

Asian

19.3%

Hispanic or Latino

9.3%

Unknown

3.7%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

30.8%

French

11.5%

Russian

11.5%

Chinese

7.7%

German

7.7%

Polish

7.7%

Portuguese

3.8%

Ukrainian

3.8%

Japanese

3.8%

Mandarin

3.8%

Carrier

3.8%

Thai

3.8%
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Database Programmer Education

Schools

Strayer University

8.3%

University of Texas at Austin

7.4%

Wayne State University

6.5%

University of Phoenix

6.5%

Pennsylvania State University

5.6%

University of Colorado at Boulder

5.6%

University of Washington

5.6%

Northeastern University

5.6%

University of Arizona

5.6%

University of Alabama

4.6%

New York University

4.6%

University of Houston

4.6%

University of California - Irvine

3.7%

University of Maryland - University College

3.7%

Webster University

3.7%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

3.7%

Texas A&M University

3.7%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

3.7%

Portland State University

3.7%

University of Central Florida

3.7%
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Majors

Computer Science

30.6%

Business

11.9%

Information Technology

8.3%

Computer Information Systems

8.3%

Computer Engineering

4.7%

Information Systems

4.3%

Management Information Systems

4.0%

Mathematics

3.6%

Computer Programming

3.4%

Electrical Engineering

3.0%

Computer Applications

3.0%

Engineering

2.2%

Management

2.0%

Education

1.6%

Finance

1.6%

Accounting

1.6%

English

1.4%

Project Management

1.4%

Criminal Justice

1.4%

Physics

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

40.8%

Masters

28.3%

Other

15.7%

Associate

6.4%

Certificate

4.6%

Doctorate

2.7%

Diploma

1.5%

License

0.1%
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Real Database Programmer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
SQL Database Programmer Onestop Internet, Inc. East Rancho Dominguez, CA Feb 21, 2015 $135,148
Database Programmer It Expert System, Inc. Lisle, IL Aug 14, 2016 $121,046
Database Programmer It Expert System, Inc. Lisle, IL Jun 24, 2016 $121,046
Database Programmer Coupons.Com Incorporated Mountain View, CA Dec 13, 2015 $115,001
Principal Clinical Database Programmer Parexel International Durham, NC Aug 03, 2015 $112,000
Clinical Database Programmer Incyte Corporation Wilmington, DE Jan 04, 2016 $111,384
Clinical Database Programmer Incyte Corporation Chadds Ford, PA Feb 18, 2016 $111,384
Database Programmer Bally Gaming Inc. Wood Dale, IL Feb 13, 2016 $110,000
Database Programmer Scientific Games Corporation Wood Dale, IL Apr 20, 2015 $110,000
Database Programmer Scientific Games International, Inc. Wood Dale, IL Sep 08, 2015 $110,000
Database Programmer III Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc. Rockville, MD Jul 01, 2015 $107,744
Database Programmer III Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc. Rockville, MD Aug 15, 2016 $106,080
Database Programmer Data Glove Inc. Princeton, NJ Jan 02, 2016 $105,000
Database Programmer Texara Solutions LLC Milpitas, CA Aug 31, 2015 $77,000
Database Programmers Texara Solutions LLC Milpitas, CA Aug 31, 2015 $77,000
Database Programme Texara Solutions LLC Milpitas, CA Aug 31, 2015 $77,000
Database Programmer Thrivesoft Inc. Bellevue, WA Jan 09, 2016 $66,851
SQL Database Programmer Netsmartz LLC San Francisco, CA Jan 27, 2015 $65,500
Database Programmer Tech Mahindra (Americas), Inc. Cincinnati, OH Oct 09, 2016 $65,458

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Top Skills for A Database Programmer

Pl/SqlAccessDatabaseProceduresMicrosoftSQLServerWebWindowsNTCustomReportsPackagesUnixVBAASPDatabaseApplicationsDatabaseSystemETLDataEntryHtmlDataWarehouseSsisManagementSystemFoxpro

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Top Database Programmer Skills

  1. Pl/Sql
  2. Access Database
  3. Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Assisted other program developers with writing PL/SQL code and debugging application development.
  • Devised an Excel template that would automatically import information into access database.
  • Adjusted existing previously-collected survey data, views, and stored procedures to run on Oracle 9i, the USAF standard repository.
  • Develop database applications in Access, MySQL and Microsoft SQL Server.
  • Improved webpage rendering performance over an existing non-Json site by 14x (42s to 3s).

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