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Working As A MS SQL Developer

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

  • $85,000

    Average Salary

What Does A MS SQL 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 MS SQL 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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MS SQL Developer Career Paths

MS SQL Developer
SQL Server Developer Developer Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
SQL Server Developer Senior Software Engineer Senior Project Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
SQL Server Developer Senior Software Engineer Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
SQL Developer Developer Systems Analyst
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
SQL Developer Developer Development Manager
Senior Development Manager
10 Yearsyrs
SQL BI Developer BI Developer Business Intelligence Developer
Business Intelligence Senior Developer
7 Yearsyrs
SQL Developer Consultant Information Technology Project Manager
Technical Delivery Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Business Intelligence Developer Business Consultant Senior Analyst
Analytical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Business Intelligence Developer Business Consultant Co-Founder
Chief Technology Officer & Founder
9 Yearsyrs
ETL Developer Consultant Senior Programmer Analyst
Application Manager
9 Yearsyrs
ETL Developer Consultant Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
ETL Developer Project Leader Manager Applications Development
Application Development Director
11 Yearsyrs
BI Developer Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
BI Developer Senior Consultant Information Technology Director
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
SQL BI Developer Analyst Senior Business Analyst
Implementation Manager
8 Yearsyrs
SQL BI Developer BI Consultant Solutions Architect
Solutions Manager
8 Yearsyrs
SQL Database Administrator Database Administrator/Architect Database Architect
Senior Database Architect
10 Yearsyrs
SQL Database Administrator Project Manager Delivery Manager
Senior Delivery Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Data Analyst Senior Business Analyst Implementation Manager
Integration Manager
9 Yearsyrs
SQL Database Administrator Senior Programmer Analyst Senior Technical Consultant
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Pl/Sql Developer 2.7 years
Solution Developer 2.3 years
SQL BI Developer 2.1 years
Database Developer 2.1 years
BI Developer 2.0 years
MS SQL Developer 2.0 years
SQL Developer 1.9 years
Reports Developer 1.7 years
Ssrs Developer 1.7 years
Ssis Developer 1.5 years
Top Careers Before MS SQL Developer
Developer 3.7%
Server 2.0%
Programmer 1.3%
Top Careers After MS SQL Developer
Developer 5.5%
Consultant 1.0%

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Average Yearly Salary
$85,000
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$64,000
Min 10%
$85,000
Median 50%
$85,000
Median 50%
$85,000
Median 50%
$85,000
Median 50%
$85,000
Median 50%
$85,000
Median 50%
$85,000
Median 50%
$113,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
U.S. Bancorp
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
1.9 years
How much does an MS SQL Developer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a MS SQL Developer in the United States is $85,685 per year or $41 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $64,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $113,000.

Real MS SQL Developer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
MS Dynamics Developer Pinebridge Investments Holdings U.S., LLC New York, NY Jun 26, 2013 $120,000
MS Dynamics Developer Pinebridge Investments Holdings U.S., LLC New York, NY Aug 21, 2013 $120,000
MS Dynamics Developer Pinebridge Investments Holdings U.S., LLC New York, NY Aug 26, 2013 $120,000
MS Dynamics-Developer Ascend Learning, LLC Walnut Creek, CA Mar 30, 2015 $105,000
MS Dynamics AX Developer Benefit Cosmetics LLC San Francisco, CA Jan 11, 2016 $96,900 -
$120,000
MS Dynamics AX Developer V.L.S Systems, Inc. South San Francisco, CA Jul 06, 2013 $95,326
MS Dynamics AX Developer Benefit Cosmetics LLC San Francisco, CA Feb 03, 2015 $93,270 -
$95,000
MS Dynamics AX Developer National Oilwell Varco, L.P. Houston, TX Jan 19, 2015 $90,000
MS Dynamics AX Developer V.L.S Systems, Inc. East Hanover, NJ Jun 04, 2015 $89,600
MS Dynamics AX Developer V.L.S Systems, Inc. East Hanover, NJ Nov 18, 2015 $87,500
MS Dynamics AX Developer V.L.S Systems, Inc. Sugar Land, TX Oct 24, 2013 $85,100
MSS Developer Prodapt North America Greenville, SC May 29, 2015 $80,000
MS Dynamics AX Developer Benefit Cosmetics LLC San Francisco, CA Oct 01, 2014 $80,000 -
$90,000
MSS Developer Prodapt North America Greenville, SC Jun 15, 2015 $78,500
MS Dynamics AX/X++ Developer MBS DEV, Inc. Englewood, CO Sep 14, 2015 $75,000 -
$85,000
MS Dynamics AX/X++ Developer Enavate, Inc. Englewood, CO Sep 14, 2015 $75,000 -
$85,000
MS Dynamics AX Developer Sarayu Consultants Inc. Schaumburg, IL Aug 07, 2016 $71,843
MS Dynamics AX Developer Sarayu Consultants Inc. Cherry Hill, NJ Nov 04, 2016 $70,845
MS Dynamics AX Developer Sarayu Consultants Inc. Cherry Hill, NJ Apr 11, 2016 $70,845
MS Dynamics AX Developer Sarayu Consultants Inc. Schaumburg, IL Apr 04, 2016 $68,931
DEP Programmer 5-MS Developer Net2Source Inc. Harrisburg, PA Dec 12, 2013 $68,000 -
$72,000

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Top Skills for A MS SQL Developer

  1. SQL
  2. Database
  3. Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Designed Excel/Access VBA/SQL product distribution/assortment management tool.
  • Created Database documentation for table and column dictionaries and other reference material.
  • Designed and implemented stored procedures and triggers for automating tasks.
  • Developed Financial Reports using SSRS Report Designer.
  • Worked with control flow and data flow tasks like Containers, Precedence Constraints, and Execute SQL task in SSIS.

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Top 10 Best States for MS SQL Developers

  1. California
  2. Washington
  3. Virginia
  4. Texas
  5. North Carolina
  6. New York
  7. District of Columbia
  8. New Hampshire
  9. Colorado
  10. Massachusetts
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MS SQL Developer Demographics

Gender

Male

60.9%

Female

27.1%

Unknown

12.0%
Ethnicity

White

42.9%

Asian

33.7%

Black or African American

9.3%

Hispanic or Latino

9.0%

Unknown

5.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Mandarin

20.0%

Serer

20.0%

Saurashtra

20.0%

French

20.0%

Spanish

20.0%
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MS SQL Developer Education

Schools

University of Illinois at Chicago

17.3%

Temple University

8.6%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

8.6%

Stevens Institute of Technology

7.4%

University of Bridgeport

6.2%

University of Florida

4.9%

New York University

4.9%

More Tech Institute

4.9%

University of Hartford

4.9%

Trinity International University

3.7%

Northeastern University

3.7%

University of Central Missouri

3.7%

California State University - Sacramento

3.7%

University of Memphis

2.5%

North Carolina State University

2.5%

Polytechnic Institute of New York University

2.5%

Bellevue College

2.5%

Florida Institute of Technology-Melbourne

2.5%

Loyola University of Chicago

2.5%

Southern Connecticut State University

2.5%
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Majors

Computer Science

32.9%

Engineering

10.8%

Electrical Engineering

10.6%

Computer Engineering

7.7%

Information Technology

5.5%

Business

5.5%

Computer Applications

4.8%

Finance

3.6%

Mechanical Engineering

3.6%

Computer Information Systems

2.4%

Information Systems

1.7%

Information Sciences

1.4%

Management Information Systems

1.4%

Accounting

1.4%

Chemistry

1.4%

Operations Management

1.2%

Management

1.0%

Project Management

1.0%

Management Science

1.0%

Mathematics

1.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

51.8%

Masters

35.6%

Other

8.0%

Diploma

1.7%

Doctorate

1.1%

Certificate

0.9%

Associate

0.9%
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