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Working As A SQL Server Developer

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

  • $79,767

    Average Salary

What Does A SQL Server 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 Server 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 Server Developer Career Paths

SQL Server Developer
Database Administrator Business Analyst Senior Programmer Analyst
Application Manager
9 Yearsyrs
BI Developer BI Consultant
BI Architect
9 Yearsyrs
Database Administrator Information Technology Project Manager Business Consultant
Business Intelligence Lead
8 Yearsyrs
SQL Developer Data Analyst
Data Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Programmer Analyst Applications Developer Database Developer
Database Architect
9 Yearsyrs
ETL Developer Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
ETL Developer Senior ETL Developer
ETL Lead
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Project Leader Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Database Developer Data Analyst Business Intelligence Analyst
Senior Business Intelligence Analyst
9 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Applications Developer Database Developer
Senior Database Developer
8 Yearsyrs
Software Developer Database Developer Senior Database Developer
Senior Database Engineer
11 Yearsyrs
Database Developer Senior Software Engineer Development Manager
Senior Development Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Data Analyst Senior Systems Analyst Systems Manager
Senior Manager-Systems
11 Yearsyrs
Applications Developer Database Developer Pl/Sql Developer
Senior Pl-Sql Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Data Analyst Support Analyst Quality Assurance Analyst
Senior Quality Assurance Tester
5 Yearsyrs
SQL Developer SQL BI Developer
Senior Sql/Report Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Software Developer Systems Developer
Senior Systems Developer
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Lead Technician
Technical Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Applications Developer Manager Applications Development Application Development Director
Vice President Of Application Development
11 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Software Development Manager Director Of Software Development
Vice President, Software Development
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Qlikview Developer 2.7 years
Pl/Sql Developer 2.6 years
Tableau Developer 2.1 years
SQL BI Developer 2.1 years
Database Developer 2.0 years
MS SQL Developer 2.0 years
ETL Developer 2.0 years
BI Developer 1.9 years
SQL Developer 1.8 years
Ssrs Developer 1.7 years
Reports Developer 1.7 years
Ssis Developer 1.5 years
Top Careers Before SQL Server Developer
Developer 4.7%
Programmer 2.6%
Consultant 1.9%
Top Careers After SQL Server Developer
Developer 6.0%
Consultant 1.8%

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SQL Server Developer Demographics

Gender

Male

64.8%

Female

30.8%

Unknown

4.4%
Ethnicity

White

39.7%

Asian

35.9%

Hispanic or Latino

9.3%

Black or African American

8.7%

Unknown

6.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Chinese

23.5%

Spanish

23.5%

Russian

11.8%

French

8.8%

Japanese

5.9%

Arabic

5.9%

Saurashtra

2.9%

Urdu

2.9%

Carrier

2.9%

Cheyenne

2.9%

Mandarin

2.9%

Tamil

2.9%

Hindi

2.9%
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SQL Server Developer Education

Schools

Stevens Institute of Technology

8.5%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

7.5%

University of Texas at Dallas

6.5%

University of Bridgeport

6.0%

Illinois Institute of Technology

5.5%

Texas A&M University

5.5%

New York University

5.0%

University of North Texas

5.0%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

5.0%

University of Missouri - Saint Louis

5.0%

New York Institute of Technology - Manhattan Campus

4.5%

More Tech Institute

4.5%

Northeastern University

4.5%

Northwestern Polytechnic University

4.0%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

4.0%

International Technological University

4.0%

Fairleigh Dickinson University

4.0%

Oklahoma State University

4.0%

University of Central Missouri

3.5%

State University of New York Buffalo

3.5%
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Majors

Computer Science

34.1%

Electrical Engineering

8.9%

Engineering

8.3%

Computer Engineering

7.7%

Business

6.9%

Information Technology

6.7%

Computer Information Systems

5.6%

Computer Applications

4.6%

Information Systems

3.0%

Finance

2.0%

Management Information Systems

2.0%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.7%

Mechanical Engineering

1.5%

Accounting

1.2%

Management

1.1%

Mathematics

1.1%

Computer Programming

1.0%

Management Science

0.9%

Economics

0.9%

Statistics

0.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

53.0%

Masters

32.6%

Other

8.8%

Associate

2.5%

Certificate

1.4%

Diploma

1.0%

Doctorate

0.6%
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Real SQL Server Developer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior SQL Server Developer/Data Warehouse & Database Lead Goldentree Asset Management LP New York, NY Aug 24, 2016 $165,000
Server Developer Atlassian Inc. San Francisco, CA Jun 20, 2016 $138,362 -
$172,500
Senior SQL Server/BI Developer EPE Innovations, LLC Dallas, TX Nov 14, 2016 $125,000
Senior SQL Server Database Developer Bank of The West San Ramon, CA May 23, 2016 $122,147
Senior SQL Server Database Developer Bank of The West San Ramon, CA Jan 06, 2016 $122,147
Msbi Developer/SR. SQL Server Developer Istream Solutions Inc. Herndon, VA Mar 14, 2016 $122,096
Msbi Developer/SR. SQL Server Developer Istream Solutions Inc. Herndon, VA Sep 09, 2015 $122,096
SQL Server Database Developer ODS Technologies, L.P. Los Angeles, CA Sep 11, 2015 $120,000
Server Side Developer Fiverr Inc. New York, NY May 07, 2016 $120,000
Server Side Developer Fiverr, Inc. New York, NY Jun 15, 2015 $110,000
Sharepoint and SQL Server Developer Stanford Technology Partners Incorporation Burlington, MA Sep 14, 2016 $110,000
Server Developer Icontrol Networks Inc. Austin, TX Feb 02, 2015 $110,000
Server Side Developer Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc. Jersey City, NJ May 28, 2015 $108,763
Server Side Developer Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc. Jersey City, NJ Sep 04, 2015 $108,763
Client Server Developer Epitec, Inc. Dearborn, MI Aug 26, 2015 $91,832
Client Server Developer Epitec, Inc. Dearborn, MI Jul 09, 2016 $91,832
BI Specialist/Sql Server Developer (Mid-Level) Dassault Falcon Jet Corp. Little Ferry, NJ Feb 05, 2016 $91,562
SQL Server Developer SV It Inc. NY Jul 23, 2015 $91,200
Senior SQL Server Developer Accel International Inc. Lewisville, TX Jul 01, 2015 $91,200
SQL Server Developer TT Technologies Inc. Harrisburg, PA Nov 22, 2016 $91,000
SQL Server Developer Pantar Solutions Inc. Charlotte, NC Jan 13, 2015 $91,000
SQL Server Database Developer I Citron It Frisco, TX Dec 22, 2015 $79,800 -
$89,000
SQL Server Developer-Manufacturing Citron It Frisco, TX Dec 18, 2015 $79,800 -
$89,000
Senior SQL Server Developer Lendingtree, LLC Charlotte, NC Jan 10, 2016 $79,331 -
$87,000
SQL Server Report Developer Bhrigus, Inc. Princeton, NJ Mar 01, 2015 $78,000
SR. MS SQL Server T-Sql Developer Ar International Enterprises Inc. Jacksonville, FL Aug 29, 2016 $76,200
DOT Net/Sql Server Developer Hire It People, LLC Iselin, NJ Dec 12, 2016 $76,176 -
$83,480
SQL Server BI Developer Sysintelli Inc. Agoura Hills, CA Jan 08, 2016 $76,000
SQL Server Developer Fusion Plus Solutions, Inc. Bartlesville, OK Oct 24, 2016 $75,400

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Top Skills for A SQL Server Developer

  1. Database Objects
  2. SQL Server Analysis
  3. Procedures
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  • Managed users including creation/alteration, grant of system/database roles and permission on various database objects.
  • Designed, Build the Dimensions, Fact Tables, cubes with star schema using SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS).
  • Developed stored procedures and triggers to facilitate consistent data entry into the database.
  • Assist in administration and development of new Microsoft SharePoint 2010 company intranet website.
  • Created parameters for SSRS reports with drill-down feature and interactive sorting capability.

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