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Working As A Database Programmer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Processing Information
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Getting Information
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $76,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Database Programmer Do

Database administrators use specialized software to store and organize data, such as financial information and customer shipping records. They make sure that data are available to users and are secure from unauthorized access.

Duties

Database administrators typically do the following:

  • Ensure that organizational data is secure
  • Back up and restore data to prevent data loss
  • Identify user needs to create and administer databases
  • Ensure that the database operates efficiently and without error
  • Make and test modifications to the database structure when needed
  • Maintain the database and update permissions
  • Merge old databases into new ones

Database administrators, often called DBAs, make sure that data analysts can easily use the database to find the information they need and that the system performs as it should. DBAs sometimes work with an organization’s management to understand the company’s data needs and to plan the goals of the database. They also may work with computer and information systems managers to provide database solutions. Database administrators are responsible for backing up systems to prevent data loss in case of a power outage or other disaster. They also ensure the integrity of the database, guaranteeing that the data stored in it come from reliable sources.

Some DBAs oversee the development of new databases. They have to determine what the needs of the database are and who will be using it. They often monitor database performance and conduct performance-tuning support. Database administrators often plan security measures, making sure that data are secure from unauthorized access. Many databases contain personal or financial information, making security important.

Many database administrators are general-purpose DBAs and have all these duties. However, some DBAs specialize in certain tasks that vary with an organization and its needs. Two common specialties are as follows:

System DBAs are responsible for the physical and technical aspects of a database, such as installing upgrades and patches to fix program bugs. They typically have a background in system architecture and ensure that the firm’s database management systems work properly.

Application DBAs support a database that has been designed for a specific application or a set of applications, such as customer-service software. Using complex programming languages, they may write or debug programs and must be able to manage the applications that work with the database. They also do all the tasks of a general DBA, but only for their particular application.

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How To Become A Database Programmer

Database administrators (DBAs) usually have a bachelor’s degree in an information- or computer-related subject such as computer science. Before becoming an administrator, these workers typically get work experience in a related field.

Education

Most database administrators have a bachelor’s degree in management information systems (MIS) or a computer-related field. Firms with large databases may prefer applicants who have a master’s degree focusing on data or database management, typically either in computer science, information systems, or information technology.

Database administrators need an understanding of database languages, the most common of which is Structured Query Language, commonly called SQL. Most database systems use some variation of SQL, and a DBA will need to become familiar with whichever programming language the firm uses.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Certification is generally offered directly from software vendors or from vendor-neutral certification providers. Certification validates the knowledge and best practices required from DBAs. Companies may require their database administrators to be certified in the products they use.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Most do not begin their careers as database administrators. Many first work as database developers or data analysts. A database developer is a type of software developer who specializes in creating databases. The job of a data analyst is to interpret the information stored in a database in a way the firm can use. Depending on their specialty, data analysts can have different job titles, including financial analyst, market research analyst, and operations research analyst. After mastering one of these fields, they may become a database administrator. For more information, see the profiles on software developers, financial analysts, market research analysts, and operations research analysts.

Advancement

Database administrators can advance to become computer and information systems managers.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. DBAs must be able to monitor a database system’s performance to determine when action is needed. They must be able to evaluate complex information that comes from a variety of sources.

Communication skills. Most database administrators work on teams and must be able to communicate effectively with developers, managers, and other workers.

Detail oriented. Working with databases requires an understanding of complex systems, in which a minor error can cause major problems. For example, mixing up customers’ credit card information can cause someone to be charged for a purchase he or she didn’t make.

Logical thinking. Database administrators must make sense of data and organize it in a meaningful pattern so that it is easily retrievable.

Problem-solving skills. When problems with a database arise, administrators must be able to troubleshoot and correct the problems.

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Database Programmer Career Paths

Database Programmer
Programmer Analyst Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Programmer Analyst Project Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Programmer Analyst Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Programmer Network Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Programmer Network Administrator Information Systems Manager
Information Systems Director
8 Yearsyrs
Programmer Senior Programmer Analyst Manager Applications Development
Application Development Director
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Technical Delivery Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Manager Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Database Developer Data Analyst Information Technology Consultant
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Database Developer Data Analyst Senior Analyst
Analytical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Database Developer Consultant Co-Founder
Chief Technology Officer & Founder
9 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer NET Developer Customer Relationship Management Consultant
Customer Relationship Management Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Consultant Information Technology Manager
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Manager Information Technology Applications
11 Yearsyrs
Database Administrator Senior Programmer Analyst Senior Data Analyst-
Data Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Database Administrator Senior Programmer Analyst Information Systems Manager
Director Of Information Services
9 Yearsyrs
Database Administrator Oracle Database Administrator SAP Basis Consultant
Solutions Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Data Analyst Business Intelligence Analyst Business Intelligence Manager
Director Of Intelligence
12 Yearsyrs
Consultant Senior Systems Engineer Senior Technical Consultant
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Programmer Consultant/Senior Analyst Programmer Senior Programmer Analyst Lead
System Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Senior Programmer 3.5 years
Lead Programmer 3.2 years
Database Architect 3.0 years
Database Engineer 2.8 years
Programmer 2.5 years
Database Analyst 2.5 years
Database Developer 2.1 years
Database Designer 1.9 years
Top Careers Before Database Programmer
Programmer 14.5%
Consultant 5.4%
Top Careers After Database Programmer
Consultant 6.2%
Programmer 5.8%
Developer 4.8%
Analyst 2.9%

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Average Yearly Salary
$76,000
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$54,000
Min 10%
$76,000
Median 50%
$76,000
Median 50%
$76,000
Median 50%
$76,000
Median 50%
$76,000
Median 50%
$76,000
Median 50%
$76,000
Median 50%
$107,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Kadmon
Highest Paying City
Boston, MA
Highest Paying State
Rhode Island
Avg Experience Level
2.5 years
How much does a Database Programmer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Database Programmer in the United States is $76,833 per year or $37 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $54,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $107,000.

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 Chadds Ford, PA Feb 18, 2016 $111,384
Clinical Database Programmer Incyte Corporation Wilmington, DE Jan 04, 2016 $111,384
Database Programmer Bally Gaming Inc. Wood Dale, IL Feb 13, 2016 $110,000
Database Programmer Scientific Games International, Inc. Wood Dale, IL Sep 08, 2015 $110,000
Database Programmer Scientific Games Corporation Wood Dale, IL Apr 20, 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 Tech Mahindra (Americas), Inc. Dearborn, MI Mar 09, 2016 $77,189
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 Texara Solutions LLC Milpitas, CA Aug 31, 2015 $77,000
Database Programmer Tech Mahindra (Americas), Inc. Milwaukee, WI Nov 09, 2016 $67,080
Database Programmer Thrivesoft Inc. Bellevue, WA Jan 09, 2016 $66,851
SQL Database Programmer Netsmartz LLC San Francisco, CA Jan 27, 2015 $65,500

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Top Skills for A Database Programmer

  1. Pl/Sql
  2. Database
  3. SQL
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Managed, trained, and provided technical guidance to Oracle PL/SQL and Oracle Forms developers and followed progress through project completion.
  • Designed applications for machine and human initiated database storage and access of voltage reference product data.
  • Demonstrated exceptional implementation of SOX compliance on SQL servers for audits, data retention, server access and logging change requests.
  • Assist in entire cycle of design, development, documentation and implementation of custom reports.
  • Used PMCMD commands to start, stop and ping server from UNIX and created UNIX Shell scripts to automate the activities.

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  2. District of Columbia
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  4. Virginia
  5. Connecticut
  6. Massachusetts
  7. Rhode Island
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Database Programmer Demographics

Gender

Male

64.8%

Female

25.4%

Unknown

9.8%
Ethnicity

White

54.0%

Asian

18.4%

Hispanic or Latino

13.0%

Black or African American

9.4%

Unknown

5.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

27.8%

French

11.1%

Chinese

8.3%

German

8.3%

Russian

8.3%

Polish

5.6%

Portuguese

2.8%

Kurdish

2.8%

Ukrainian

2.8%

Hebrew

2.8%

Arabic

2.8%

Japanese

2.8%

Aramaic

2.8%

Mandarin

2.8%

Carrier

2.8%

Thai

2.8%

Catalan

2.8%
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Database Programmer Education

Schools

DePaul University

7.3%

Strayer University

7.3%

University of Texas at Austin

6.7%

Wayne State University

6.0%

University of Central Florida

6.0%

University of Houston

6.0%

University of Phoenix

6.0%

More Tech Institute

6.0%

New York University

5.3%

Johns Hopkins University

4.7%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

4.0%

Pennsylvania State University

4.0%

Texas A&M University

4.0%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

4.0%

University of Washington

4.0%

University of Colorado at Boulder

4.0%

University of Illinois at Chicago

4.0%

Northeastern University

4.0%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

3.3%

University of Southern California

3.3%
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Majors

Computer Science

32.4%

Business

11.0%

Computer Information Systems

8.5%

Information Technology

7.5%

Computer Engineering

4.9%

Information Systems

4.1%

Computer Applications

4.0%

Mathematics

3.9%

Management Information Systems

3.4%

Computer Programming

3.2%

Electrical Engineering

3.1%

Engineering

2.2%

Management

1.7%

Education

1.6%

Statistics

1.6%

Accounting

1.6%

Political Science

1.4%

Economics

1.3%

Finance

1.3%

Physics

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

43.6%

Masters

27.7%

Other

14.1%

Associate

6.2%

Certificate

4.4%

Doctorate

2.5%

Diploma

1.2%

License

0.2%
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