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Working As A Senior Database Developer

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

  • Repetitive

  • $115,677

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Database Developer 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 Senior Database Developer

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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Senior Database Developer Career Paths

Senior Database Developer
Data Architect Information Technology Consultant Senior Business Analyst
Analytical Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Data Architect Project Manager Business Consultant
Business Intelligence Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Lead Developer Senior Manager Director Of Analytics
Director Of Intelligence
12 Yearsyrs
SQL Database Administrator BI Developer Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Pl-Sql Developer Senior ETL Developer
Lead Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Senior ETL Developer Lead Developer
Lead Technician
6 Yearsyrs
Database Architect Oracle Database Administrator Project Leader
Quality Assurance Lead
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Database Engineer Senior Database Administrator Solutions Architect
Senior .NET Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Database Engineer Database Administrator Data Analyst
Senior Data Analyst-
6 Yearsyrs
Database Administrator Senior Oracle Database Administrator
Senior Database Administrator
9 Yearsyrs
SQL Database Administrator Ssrs Developer BI Developer
Senior ETL Developer
5 Yearsyrs
Senior Database Administrator Principal Consultant Information Technology Project Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Database Architect Database Administrator Senior Software Engineer
Senior Java Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Database Administrator Oracle Database Administrator
Senior Oracle Database Administrator
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Pl-Sql Developer Lead Technician Business Analyst
Senior Programmer Analyst
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Subject Matter Expert Business Analyst
Senior Quality Assurance Analyst
6 Yearsyrs
Lead Developer Business Analyst Senior Quality Assurance Analyst
Senior Quality Assurance Engineer
7 Yearsyrs
Senior ETL Developer Lead Technician Systems Administrator
Senior Software Engineer
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Lead Consultant Business Analyst
Senior Systems Analyst
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Database Administrator Information Technology Manager Windows System Administrator
Senior Systems Engineer
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Database Manager 2.9 years
Database Engineer 2.8 years
Database Architect 2.7 years
Database Analyst 2.5 years
Lead Developer 2.5 years
Developer 2.2 years
Database Developer 2.1 years
SQL Developer 1.9 years
Database Designer 1.9 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 3.9%
Developer 3.0%
Programmer 2.5%
Top Employers After
Consultant 4.5%

Senior Database Developer Demographics

Gender

Male

74.9%

Female

22.3%

Unknown

2.9%
Ethnicity

White

62.7%

Asian

25.0%

Hispanic or Latino

6.7%

Unknown

4.2%

Black or African American

1.4%
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Languages Spoken

Swahili

11.1%

Bulgarian

11.1%

Chinese

11.1%

Gujarati

11.1%

Russian

11.1%

Hindi

11.1%

Spanish

11.1%

Mandarin

11.1%

Urdu

11.1%
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Senior Database Developer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

13.4%

Texas State University

9.0%

Northeastern University

7.5%

Pace University - New York

7.5%

Illinois Institute of Technology

6.0%

Texas A&M University

6.0%

Temple University

4.5%

University of St. Thomas (Minnesota)

4.5%

California State University - Fullerton

4.5%

DePaul University

4.5%

Northern Virginia Community College

4.5%

Stratford University

4.5%

University of Connecticut

3.0%

University of Alabama

3.0%

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

3.0%

Central Connecticut State University

3.0%

Texas Tech University

3.0%

New York University

3.0%

Villanova University

3.0%

Wayne State University

3.0%
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Majors

Computer Science

32.0%

Business

10.0%

Computer Information Systems

7.6%

Electrical Engineering

6.6%

Computer Engineering

6.6%

Computer Applications

5.5%

Information Systems

5.0%

Engineering

3.9%

Information Technology

3.9%

Mathematics

3.7%

Management Information Systems

2.4%

Accounting

1.8%

Management

1.6%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.6%

Finance

1.6%

Mathematics And Computer Science

1.6%

Project Management

1.3%

Management Science

1.3%

Economics

1.0%

Chemistry

1.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

44.2%

Masters

33.0%

Other

13.3%

Associate

4.4%

Diploma

2.2%

Doctorate

1.5%

Certificate

1.3%
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Real Senior Database Developer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Database Developer Proactive Technical Services Inc. San Jose, CA Mar 03, 2016 $164,382
Senior Database Developer Fireeye, Inc. Milpitas, CA Jun 01, 2016 $152,776 -
$162,776
Senior Database Tech Developer Barclays Services Corp. New York, NY Aug 09, 2016 $150,000
SR. Database Developer 8X8, Inc. San Jose, CA May 24, 2016 $142,376
Senior Database Tech Developer Barclays Services Corp New York, NY Mar 25, 2016 $140,000
Senior Database Developer MacYs.Com, Inc. San Francisco, CA Mar 06, 2016 $138,900
Senior Database Developer Fisher Asset Management, LLC San Mateo, CA Apr 21, 2016 $138,400 -
$140,000
SR. Database Developer Iris Software, Inc. New York, NY Dec 27, 2016 $138,000
Senior Database Developer MacYs.Com, Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 04, 2015 $134,638
Senior Database Developer Iris Software, Inc. Jersey City, NJ Jul 17, 2015 $132,000
SR Database Developer Istonish Inc. Greenwood Village, CO Jan 08, 2016 $131,481
Database Developer, Senior Yahoo! Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Jun 21, 2016 $130,000 -
$150,000
Senior Database Developer Costar Realty Information, Inc. Chicago, IL May 07, 2016 $130,000 -
$169,000
Senior Database Tech Developer Barclays Services Corp. New York, NY Sep 10, 2015 $130,000 -
$155,000
Senior Database Developer Comscore, Inc. Reston, VA Sep 03, 2015 $114,000
Senior Database Developer Comscore, Inc. Reston, VA Apr 27, 2016 $114,000
ETL Database Developer, Senior Delta Dental of California San Francisco, CA Dec 11, 2015 $113,200 -
$140,700
Senior Database Developer Costar Realty Information, Inc. Boston, MA May 01, 2016 $112,632 -
$166,830
Senior Developer, Database Administration Creditex Group Inc. New York, NY Jul 30, 2015 $112,500 -
$122,600
Senior Database Developer Novantas, Inc. New York, NY Jan 11, 2016 $112,500
Senior Database Developer Costar Realty Information, Inc. San Diego, CA Feb 05, 2015 $112,000
Senior Database Developer Keypath Education Inc. Lenexa, KS Apr 04, 2016 $111,150
Senior Database Developer Ads Alliance Data Systems, Inc. Irving, TX Mar 30, 2016 $99,800
Senior Database Developer Ads Alliance Data Systems, Inc. Irving, TX Dec 03, 2016 $99,800
Senior Database Developer Care.Com, Inc. Waltham, MA Sep 08, 2016 $98,613
Senior Database Developer Scottrade, Inc. Saint Louis, MO Aug 22, 2016 $98,571
Senior Database Developer Intercontinental Exchange Holdings, Inc. Atlanta, GA Nov 11, 2016 $98,500 -
$104,700
Database Developer, Senior Ads Alliance Data Systems, Inc. Irving, TX Aug 08, 2016 $98,396
Senior Database Developer Cedar Document Technologies, Inc. Atlanta, GA Jul 25, 2016 $97,956
Senior Database Developer Comscore, Inc. Chicago, IL Sep 03, 2015 $96,712

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Top Skills for A Senior Database Developer

Pl/SqlProceduresMicrosoftSQLServerETLDatabaseObjectsSsisPackagesUnixWebServicesT-SqlDataWarehouseSsrsWindowsXPC #XMLDatabaseSchemaToadASPComplexQueriesArchitectureBusinessRequirements

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Top Senior Database Developer Skills

  1. Pl/Sql
  2. Procedures
  3. Microsoft SQL Server
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Conduct advanced programming activities related but not limited to Randomization, Normlab2, and PL/SQL scripting.
  • Prepared Stored Procedures LLD's as per the requirement.
  • Involved in creation of ETL standards documentation.
  • Created database objects like Tables, Sequences, Indexes, Triggers and Views to define the business logic.
  • Worked on complex stored procedures, triggers, ssis packages and performance tuned existing code.

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