Database Developer Job Descriptions, Average Salary, Interview Questions

What Does a Database Developer Do?

Database developers use computer software to organize and save data. Their key responsibilities include determining user’s needs, ensuring that information is secure, monitoring database performance, and providing support. Database developers need to have excellent computer and technical skills and the ability to troubleshoot and solve problems when they arise.

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National Average Salary

Database developer salaries vary by experience, industry, organization size, and geography. To explore salary ranges by local market, please visit our sister site zengig.com.

The average U.S. salary for a Database Developer is:

$128,820

Database Developer Job Descriptions

Example 1

We are looking to add a Database Developer to our fast growing company! The role is responsible for designing, coding, and modifying websites, from layout to function and according to a client’s specifications. Strive to create visually appealing sites that feature user-friendly design and clear navigation.

Primary responsibilities

  • 1+ years of experience with front-end programming, HTML5, JavaScript/jQuery
  • 1+ years of experience with one or more Javascript Frameworks such as angular, react, vue, etc.
  • 1+ years of experience working with a relational database
  • Experience using a version control system
  • Strong debugging skills with the ability to easily and quickly read and modify existing code
  • Ability to partner and work in a fast-paced, collaborative team environment
  • Experience writing and integrating unit tests

Required knowledge, skills, and abilities

  • Bachelor’s degree in computer related field preferred
  • Minimum 6 years experience in Microsoft SQL Server database Programming, database design, data warehouse design, query performance tuning, writing stored procedures, etc.
  • Minimum of 6 years of experience on Microsoft BI tools (SSIS, SSRS, SSAS)
  • Good to have database administration skills – Job monitoring, Backup/restore, security management, etc.
  • Experience developing ETL processes loading Data Warehouses/Data Marts required
  • Must have strong knowledge on Data Warehouse design concepts – Star, Snowflake, etc.
  • Knowledge of best practices and software development process
  • Experience supporting a multi-database environment
  • Ability to work independently with little or no supervision
  • Outstanding analytical and problem solving skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to effectively prioritize and escalate issues
  • Demonstrated ability to troubleshoot software/database issues independently
  • Ability to work extended hours when needed

Example 2

We are currently searching for a database developer to help ensure our applications are stable and reliable. You will work closely with the Engineering Applications development team to build and maintain our existing databases. If you are a self-starter who is interested in supporting the systems to reduce advanced Launch Vehicle development costs in a fast-paced startup environment, this job is for you!

Responsibilities

  • Coordinate with the Development Manager and System Administrators to design stable and reliable databases
  • Modify databases as needed
  • Work with software developers to establish best practices for database storage and organization
  • Support development of KPI’s to evaluate metrics for database performance
  • Develop technical, functional documentation, and user guides complying with audit requirements
  • Respond to support requests for bugs & issues reported
  • Evaluate and recommend changes to current and future database products and services
  • Work in a product development process that is primarily Agile/Scrum
  • Support training development for all levels of the organization as required

Qualifications

  • 2+ years of experience as a Database Developer
  • Bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems, Computer Science/Engineering, or a related discipline (4+yrs direct industry experience may be substituted)
  • Knowledge of recovery tactics and database security
  • Proficient in SQL
  • Good interpersonal skills with experience interfacing effectively between business groups and IT teams
  • Ability to gather, document, and communicate requirements
  • Strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills with a “make it happen” attitude
  • Knowledge of best engineering practices in agile software development: architectural paradigms, code reviews, branching, task management, documentation, and testing

Example 3

We are looking for a Database Developer to join our web services team. This team supports our flagship website properties. This role will create, review, modify, define and design database objects as well as work as a liaison to application developers to provide assistance on how these objects interact with other applications as well as 3rd party applications.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Support database objects residing in Postgres & MySql databases
  • Design, create, modify and remove database objects (tables, views, indexes, keys, stored procedures, functions, DB links, etc.) to support development projects
  • Design, build, and maintain extract-transformation-load (ETL) processes
  • Implement and test database objects in non-production environments
  • Move supporting data between non-production environments
  • Work with Application Development Teams, Project, Testing, and Release Managers, Architects, and IT Management to support fixes, enhancements, and projects
  • Assist other developers with SQL questions as needed
  • Performance review and tuning on pending, new and, production database objects
  • Maintain database objects in a software version control system
  • Support Testing efforts from a database perspective
  • Data expert for migrating data from existing applications and database environments to new architecture
  • Work with IT resources to effectively integrate with database(s)
  • May assist the Database Architect with performing other duties or special projects as required or assigned

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science or other appropriate discipline plus 1 – 4 years of experience in database design, development or administration or Associate degree in related field and 5+ years of relevant data processing, systems analysis/design, and 2-3 years of experience developing/maintaining database objects in one of the database systems or a combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and skills are acquired
  • Hands-on database tuning and troubleshooting experience
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing
  • Excellent math, research skills, and analytical/problem solving skills
  • Excellent planning, organizational, and time management skills. Ability to multi-task and work on multiple project assignments while under pressure
  • Self-starter, able to work independently and in a team environment
  • Ability to deal effectively with a wide variety of other company personnel, including technical personnel from other disciplines, IT Management, business users, outside vendors, and consultants
  • Ability to train and/or mentor as well as oversee specific project work of others
  • Exposure to ETL tools like Pentaho is desired
  • Ability to write/tweak scripts on unix platform
  • Exposure to version control tools like git
  • Good understanding of RDBMS concepts

How to Hire a Database Developer

There are a number of important initial considerations when hiring a database developer:

  • Recruiting: Do you have the knowledge, tools, and resources to attract and screen candidates?
  • Complexity: Do you need a senior professional, or will mid or junior-level skills and experience suffice?
  • Duration: Are you hiring for a project or an ongoing need?
  • Urgency: How soon does the opening need to be filled? What happens while it remains open?
  • Headcount: Do you have the budget and approval for an internal employee, or should you consider alternate options?

Answering these questions will help determine the best course of action for your current hiring need. Fortunately, great options exist for every scenario. These are our recommendations:

1. Use 4 Corner Resources (or another professional recruiting firm)

The heavy lifting is done for you when working with a top-tier staffing company like 4 Corner Resources. We source, screen, recruit, and deliver only the most qualified candidate(s), saving you significant time and effort throughout the hiring process while you remain focused on your core business. Understanding your needs and ensuring the right candidate for the position is the key to our success.

This is the best route to take when:

  • You need to fill the position quickly
  • You want access to a vast talent pool of high-quality, prescreened candidates
  • Your position is suited for temporary hiring services, contract staffing, or contract-to-hire recruiting, and you intend to direct the work activity.
  • You are hiring an employee as a direct placement but aren’t able to recruit effectively or efficiently with your internal staff. 
  • You aren’t familiar with current salary rates, market trends, and available skill sets
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2. Hire an experienced freelancer

The freelance, or gig, economy continues to grow, with more talent available daily. Freelancers provide high-quality work without a long-term commitment. They can offer you a fresh perspective, more flexibility, and increase efficiency. While the freelance market isn’t ideal for every position, database developers are often a great fit. 

We recommend this option when:

  • Your need is project-based
  • The work can be performed remotely
  • You do not intend to direct the daily work activity
  • You are hiring for expertise your internal team does not possess
  • You do not require an employee to work onsite or follow a specific schedule

We recommend using either Toptal, Upwork, or both.

Toptal

Toptal is an exclusive network of the top freelance software developers, designers, finance experts, product managers, and project managers in the world. Toptal vets its freelancers before making them accessible, ensuring their legitimacy. Top companies hire Toptal freelancers for their most important projects. Hiring a database developer on Toptal can help you quickly get the results you need.

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Upwork

Upwork is a freelance talent network that helps individuals connect with experts in a variety of fields to accomplish project-based needs. When you have a specific, well-defined goal in mind, this can be a great path to hiring an experienced database developer. If you are satisfied with the outcome you can continue to book the same freelancer through Upwork’s easy-to-use project interface.

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3. Post the opening on a top job board

Your best option may be to advertise your opening on a proven job board. There are many widely used job sites out there that draw visits from qualified candidates. If you have someone internally who can dedicate the time and energy to sort through applications and screen individuals effectively, this can be a great choice. 

We recommend using a job board when:

  • Your internal recruiting team has the knowledge and experience to assess candidate qualifications
  • You are hiring a direct employee and have time to manage the entire recruiting effort 
  • You have a process for receiving, screening, and tracking all resumes and applications
  • You are prepared to respond to all applicants

There are many career sites out there. Here are the two we recommend for a database developer opening:

CareerBuilder

CareerBuilder has been a trusted source for hiring since 1995. Reach 80+ million unique, diverse U.S. job seekers annually by posting your jobs through their talent acquisition channels. Through CareerBuilder, you can engage candidates and drive them into your sourcing pipeline. We recommend using CareerBuilder for hiring when you have the internal resources and processes to review, screen, and reply to all applicants.

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LinkedIn

LinkedIn is a social network for job seekers, professionals, and businesses. With this popular job site, you can enhance your brand and advertise your open position to a wide audience of motivated, qualified candidates. Job postings on LinkedIn are also extremely streamlined and user-friendly, making it even easier for candidates to apply. Additionally, applicants can use their LinkedIn profile instead of a resume to expedite the process. 

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4. Leverage your internal resources

You can utilize your own website, social media, and employees to assist in your search for top candidates. 

A company website posting should be the first step in notifying prospective candidates that you are hiring. Social media can also be a powerful tool for spreading the word about your new opening. As far as exposure is concerned, this option can be as good as some job boards when you have a large enough following across various platforms, like LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, and Twitter.

Current employees are every organization’s greatest asset. Encourage your internal team to promote job openings to their network by offering cash and other incentives.

We recommend these options when:

  • Your brand has great name recognition
  • You can consistently monitor and respond to candidate activity through your website and social media accounts
  • You have a process in place to quickly and broadly communicate job openings and requirements
  • You have an effective employee referral program in place

If you aren’t sure which path is best, schedule a discovery call today with our seasoned recruiting professionals. The 4 Corner team is on standby to help you find the best option for your unique hiring need.

Sample Interview Questions

  • Tell me about yourself. 
  • Where do you see yourself in five years? In ten?
  • What makes you a good fit for this company?
  • What sparked your interest in working as a database developer?
  • Which databases do you have the most experience with? Have you worked with both cloud and physical databases? What is your preferred database? 
  • Tell me about the most challenging project you have worked on. How did you overcome the challenges that arose?
  • How do you keep up with the latest technological advances in the field?
  • What is the most difficult part of developing databases for you?
  • Tell me about how you handle data loss during migration. 
  • How do you keep the databases you are working on secure?
  • How do you troubleshoot problems in a database?
  • How do you organize and plan your work? How do you make sure your work is accurate?

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