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Working As A Senior Database Engineer

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

  • $99,124

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior 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 Senior 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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Senior Database Engineer Career Paths

Senior Database Engineer
Data Architect Solutions Architect Program Manager
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Database Administrator Data Architect Architect
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Database Architect Data Architect Enterprise Architect
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Database Administrator Principal Consultant Senior Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Database Architect Database Administrator Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Oracle Database Administrator Senior Database Administrator Principal Consultant
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Database Architect Database Administrator Business Analyst
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Database Administrator Senior Oracle Database Administrator
Senior Database Administrator
9 Yearsyrs
Data Warehouse Architect Business Intelligence Architect Solutions Architect
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Database Administrator Oracle Database Administrator
Senior Oracle Database Administrator
7 Yearsyrs
Data Architect Project Manager Consultant
Senior Software Engineer
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Oracle Database Administrator Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Senior Technical Program Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Database Architect Senior Database Administrator Information Technology Manager
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
Data Warehouse Architect Solutions Architect Senior Project Manager
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Senior Engineer 4.3 years
Lead Engineer 3.4 years
Database Manager 2.9 years
Database Engineer 2.8 years
Database Architect 2.7 years
Data Engineer 2.5 years
Database Analyst 2.5 years
Database Developer 2.1 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 4.0%
Top Employers After
Consultant 3.9%

Senior Database Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

80.8%

Female

14.7%

Unknown

4.4%
Ethnicity

White

68.7%

Asian

20.7%

Hispanic or Latino

7.3%

Unknown

2.1%

Black or African American

1.2%
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Languages Spoken

German

50.0%

Spanish

50.0%

Senior Database Engineer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

8.8%

University of Maryland - University College

7.0%

University of Washington

7.0%

Johns Hopkins University

7.0%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

7.0%

Bowie State University

5.3%

University of Massachusetts Amherst

5.3%

Towson University

5.3%

Old Dominion University

5.3%

University of California - Irvine

5.3%

Northern Virginia Community College

5.3%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.5%

Eastern Michigan University

3.5%

Norwich University

3.5%

Santa Fe Community College

3.5%

Illinois State University

3.5%

Fairleigh Dickinson University

3.5%

San Jose State University

3.5%

Wright State University

3.5%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

3.5%
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Majors

Computer Science

28.0%

Computer Information Systems

11.1%

Business

10.7%

Computer Engineering

6.2%

Electrical Engineering

5.3%

Information Technology

4.5%

Information Systems

4.1%

Computer Applications

3.7%

Project Management

2.9%

Management Information Systems

2.9%

Mathematics

2.5%

Finance

2.5%

Engineering

2.5%

Psychology

2.1%

Computer Systems Security

2.1%

Economics

2.1%

Physics

2.1%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.6%

Mechanical Engineering

1.6%

Computer Programming

1.6%
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Degrees

Masters

39.5%

Bachelors

37.8%

Other

12.0%

Certificate

4.7%

Associate

2.7%

Doctorate

2.0%

Diploma

1.3%
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Real Senior Database Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Database Platform Engineer Netflix Los Gatos, CA Nov 19, 2015 $250,000
SR. Database Engineer Ciber, Inc. Seattle, WA Nov 14, 2016 $180,960
Senior Database Engineer Elastica, Inc. San Jose, CA Mar 09, 2015 $180,000
Senior MTS, Database Engineer EBAY Inc. San Jose, CA May 04, 2015 $174,000
Senior Database Engineer Linkedin Corporation Sunnyvale, CA May 04, 2016 $168,147 -
$183,000
Senior Database Engineer BDNA Corporation Mountain View, CA Oct 31, 2016 $164,382
Senior Database Platform Engineer Netflix, Inc. Los Gatos, CA Aug 08, 2016 $164,382
Senior Database Engineer Wal-Mart Associates, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA May 23, 2016 $158,000
Senior Database Engineer Salesforce.Com San Francisco, CA Oct 25, 2016 $155,000
Senior Database Engineer Salesforce.Com Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 21, 2015 $155,000
Senior Database Operation Engineer Box, Inc. Redwood City, CA Jul 27, 2016 $150,000
SR. Database Engineer GREE International, Inc. San Francisco, CA Oct 01, 2015 $150,000 -
$165,000
Senior Database Operation Engineer Box, Inc. Redwood City, CA Nov 04, 2016 $150,000
Senior Database Engineer-GEC Wal-Mart Associates, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Dec 16, 2016 $145,000
Senior Database Engineer Infinera Corporation Sunnyvale, CA Dec 14, 2015 $124,308 -
$135,000
Senior Database Engineer-Associate Director Moody's Analytics San Francisco, CA Jun 23, 2015 $122,470 -
$137,019
Senior Database Engineer Dynamic Network Services, Inc. Manchester, NH Sep 14, 2016 $122,144
Senior Database Engineer Dynamic Network Services, Inc. Manchester, NH Sep 11, 2015 $122,144
SR. SQL Database Engineer Rightside Operating Co Kirkland, WA Aug 25, 2016 $122,000
Senior SQL Database Engineer Rightside Operating Co Kirkland, WA Jul 31, 2015 $122,000
SR. Database Engineer II Nowcom Corporation Los Angeles, CA Feb 06, 2015 $109,970 -
$120,000
SR. Database Engineer II Nowcom Corporation Los Angeles, CA Apr 06, 2015 $109,970 -
$120,000
SR. Database Engineer II Nowcom Corporation Los Angeles, CA Feb 23, 2015 $109,970 -
$120,000
Senior Database Engineer Green Dot Corporation Pasadena, CA Jul 18, 2016 $108,992
Senior Database Engineer Aktana, Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 05, 2016 $108,784 -
$128,000
Database Engineer, Senior Checkfree Services Corporation Charlotte, NC Jul 19, 2016 $108,680 -
$110,000
SR. Database Engineer Nbcuniversal Media, LLC CA Feb 23, 2015 $108,472 -
$120,000

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Top Skills for A Senior Database Engineer

Pl/SqlProceduresMicrosoftSQLServerDatabaseBackupETLDatabaseArchitectureWindowsDataWarehouseDBAWebSsisLinuxHighAvailabilityDataModelsRACDisasterRecoveryUnixCapacityPlanningRmanSolaris

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Top Senior Database Engineer 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:
  • Develop PL/SQL bulk loading programs to reduce data migration time by 4000%.
  • Designed table structures and developed procedures, functions, views, etc.
  • Function as the Microsoft SQL Server subject matter expert for Tier 4 support.
  • Developed plans for data strategy, data migration, data quality and database backup/recovery.
  • Author stored procedures, views, functions, triggers for ETL data loads.

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