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Working As A SQL Developer

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

  • $75,000

    Average Salary

What Does A 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 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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SQL Developer Career Paths

SQL Developer
Analyst Reporting Analyst Business Intelligence Analyst
Business Intelligence Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Pl/Sql Developer Development Administrator Senior Software Engineer
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Information Technology Consultant Information Technology Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
NET Developer Senior Consultant Director Of Information
Director Of Information Management
10 Yearsyrs
Database Administrator Technical Consultant Network Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Data Analyst Finance Analyst Business Analyst
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
ETL Developer Senior Software Engineer
Lead Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Senior Systems Analyst Senior Software Engineer
Senior .NET Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Senior ETL Developer Lead Developer Senior Project Manager
Senior Delivery Manager
11 Yearsyrs
ETL Developer
Senior ETL Developer
5 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Tableau Developer Development Administrator Senior Software Engineer
Senior Java Developer
6 Yearsyrs
NET Developer Senior Programmer Analyst Information Systems Manager
Senior Manager-Systems
12 Yearsyrs
Database Administrator Data Analyst Business Analyst
Senior Programmer Analyst
7 Yearsyrs
Informatica Developer Senior Software Engineer Business Analyst
Senior Quality Assurance Analyst
6 Yearsyrs
Informatica Developer Data Analyst Quality Assurance Tester
Senior Quality Assurance Tester
6 Yearsyrs
Data Analyst Business Analyst Senior Systems Analyst
Senior Software Engineer
6 Yearsyrs
Ssrs Developer SQL BI Developer
Senior Sql/Report Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Business Analyst Senior Systems Analyst
Senior Systems Engineer
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
NET Developer 3.0 years
Qlikview Developer 2.7 years
Pl/Sql Developer 2.6 years
Cognos Developer 2.5 years
Oracle Developer 2.5 years
Lead Developer 2.5 years
Developer Analyst 2.5 years
SQL BI Developer 2.3 years
Developer 2.2 years
Tableau Developer 2.1 years
Database Developer 2.1 years
SQL Developer 2.0 years
MS SQL Developer 2.0 years
ETL Developer 2.0 years
BI Developer 1.9 years
Reports Developer 1.9 years
Ssrs Developer 1.8 years
Ssis Developer 1.5 years
Junior Developer 1.4 years
Top Employers Before
Developer 6.7%
Programmer 3.2%
Consultant 3.1%
Top Employers After
Developer 6.9%
Consultant 3.2%

SQL Developer Demographics

Gender

Male

63.5%

Female

31.8%

Unknown

4.7%
Ethnicity

White

54.2%

Asian

32.2%

Hispanic or Latino

7.1%

Unknown

4.3%

Black or African American

2.1%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

25.0%

French

17.9%

Chinese

14.3%

Russian

10.7%

Vietnamese

7.1%

Mandarin

7.1%

Japanese

3.6%

Amharic

3.6%

Hindi

3.6%

Korean

3.6%

Bengali

3.6%
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SQL Developer Education

Schools

More Tech Institute

12.1%

University of Houston

7.5%

Texas A&M University

6.9%

University of Phoenix

6.9%

Stevens Institute of Technology

6.4%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

6.4%

University of Bridgeport

4.6%

University of New Haven

4.6%

Illinois Institute of Technology

4.0%

George Washington University

4.0%

University of Maryland - University College

4.0%

University of Washington

4.0%

University of Illinois at Springfield

4.0%

University of Maryland - College Park

3.5%

Arizona State University

3.5%

Lamar University

3.5%

University of South Alabama

3.5%

University of Maryland - Baltimore County

3.5%

Kaplan University

3.5%

Oklahoma State University

3.5%
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Majors

Computer Science

32.8%

Information Technology

9.5%

Electrical Engineering

8.7%

Computer Engineering

7.3%

Computer Information Systems

6.2%

Computer Applications

5.8%

Engineering

5.7%

Business

5.3%

Information Systems

3.3%

Management Information Systems

2.5%

Finance

1.8%

Mathematics

1.8%

Mechanical Engineering

1.6%

Accounting

1.6%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.4%

Computer Programming

1.1%

Education

1.0%

Management

0.9%

Project Management

0.9%

Economics

0.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

53.5%

Masters

30.6%

Other

9.2%

Associate

2.8%

Certificate

1.8%

Diploma

1.7%

Doctorate

0.4%
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Real SQL Developer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
SQL Developer Ceres Group, LLC Boston, MA Nov 05, 2016 $135,655 -
$177,395
Sharepoint 2010 .Net/Sql Developer Trigyn Technologies, Inc. New York, NY Aug 13, 2015 $127,307
Software Developer/Sql Developer Idexcel, Inc. Montvale, NJ May 11, 2015 $125,220
SQL Developer Populus Group LLC MD Nov 28, 2016 $125,220
SQL Developer TT Technologies Inc. NY Jan 30, 2015 $122,500
SQL Developer University of California, Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA Apr 06, 2015 $119,997
SQL Developer Populus Group LLC Rockville, MD Aug 26, 2016 $116,872
Lead SQL Developer AKT LLC Lewisville, TX Jun 20, 2016 $116,000
Software Developer/Sql Developer Idexcel, Inc. Montvale, NJ May 11, 2015 $112,800
SQL Developer Source Healthcare Analytics, LLC, A Symphony Health Solutions Company Conshohocken, PA Jul 25, 2016 $112,500
SQL Developer Superior Vision Benefit Management, Inc. Linthicum, MD Oct 31, 2016 $110,198
SQL Developer Ceres Group, LLC Boston, MA Apr 27, 2015 $110,000 -
$145,000
SQL Report Developer Mirage Software Inc. DBA: Bourntec Solutions Chicago, IL Oct 01, 2015 $110,000
SQL Developer II Inovalon, Inc. Herndon, VA Jul 08, 2015 $83,833 -
$93,833
SQL Developer II Inovalon, Inc. Herndon, VA Aug 07, 2015 $83,833 -
$93,833
SQL Developer Tekorg Inc. New Brunswick, NJ Sep 15, 2016 $83,741
SQL Developer Tekorg Inc. Chicago, IL Sep 15, 2016 $83,741
SQL Developer Agdata LP Charlotte, NC Jun 08, 2016 $83,637 -
$91,087
SQL Developer Janney Montgomery Scott Philadelphia, PA Sep 01, 2015 $83,366
SQL Developer Maruthi Technologies, LLC Fort Worth, TX Mar 30, 2016 $83,200
SQL Developer Analyst Optum Services, Inc. Eden Prairie, MN Aug 03, 2015 $83,158 -
$103,700
SQL Developer Sena Info Technologies, Inc. New York, NY Sep 15, 2015 $73,445
SQL Developer Smart It Staffing, Inc. San Jose, CA Feb 29, 2016 $73,424 -
$75,546
SQL Developer Maganti It Resources, LLC Manchester, NH Dec 14, 2015 $73,045
SQL Developer Sysintelli, Inc. Orange, CA Nov 10, 2016 $73,000
SQL Developer Baanyan Software Services Edison, NJ Nov 28, 2016 $73,000
SQL Developer Baanyan Software Services East Rutherford, NJ Jun 09, 2016 $73,000
SQL Developer Qology Direct, LLC Margate, FL Sep 20, 2016 $72,946
SQL Developer California Creative Solutions, Inc. Oakland, CA Sep 11, 2015 $72,565

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Top Skills for A SQL Developer

DatabaseObjectsSQLServerAnalysisProceduresSsisPackagesT-SqlWindowsServerSsrsETLQueryAnalyzerBusinessRequirementsDTSDataWarehouseWebConstraintsXMLSQLProfilerSsasC#.NETBackupError

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Top SQL Developer Skills

  1. Database Objects
  2. SQL Server Analysis
  3. Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Perform ongoing analysis of various database objects to improve performance and functionality in production environments.
  • Experience in using XMLA protocol for SQL Server Analysis Services 2005 for interaction between client application and instance of Analysis Services.
  • Created and Executed the Stored Procedures and Complex Queries for Reports.
  • Merged Data from Heterogeneous Data stores (Oracle, Access and Excel) to SQL Server 2005 using SSIS packages.
  • Filtered bad data from legacy system using complex T-SQL statements, and implemented various constraint and triggers for data consistency.

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