Database Developer

Job Description

Database Developers use computer software to organize and save data. Their key responsibilities include determining users’ 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.

Typical Duties and Responsibilities

  • Ensure that data is secure
  • Identify needs for databases
  • Conduct testing and implement improvements
  • Provide users with access and permissions
  • Merge old databases into new ones
  • Monitor database performance
  • Troubleshoot and fix problems

Education and Background

Database Developers need to earn a high school diploma or equivalent. They should receive a bachelor’s degree from an accredited program, ideally in a field such as computer science or information technology. Employers with large databases might prefer to hire candidates with a master’s degree, and those with knowledge of Structured Query Language (SQL).

Skills and Competencies

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Advanced computer and technical skills, including Microsoft Office Suite
  • Knowledge of Structured Query Language (SQL)
  • Strong analytical skills and the ability to understand complex information
  • Outstanding interpersonal and relationship-building skills
  • Ability to troubleshoot and solve problems
  • Keen attention to detail

Compensation

According to Payscale the median annual salary of a Database Developer with

1 Year of Experience:

  • Orlando, Florida: $85,000
  • Tampa, Florida: $85,000
  • Jacksonville, Florida: $83,000
  • Miami, Florida: $85,000
  • Atlanta, Georgia: $894,000
  • Chicago, Illinois: $100,000
  • Houston, Texas: $90,000
  • Los Angeles, California: $95,000
  • New York City, New York: $99,000
  • Seattle, Washington: $100,000
  • Overall: $90,000

5 Years of Experience:

  • Orlando, Florida: $108,000
  • Tampa, Florida: $104,000
  • Jacksonville, Florida: $103,000
  • Miami, Florida: $115,000
  • Atlanta, Georgia: $105,000
  • Chicago, Illinois: $115,000
  • Houston, Texas: $119,000
  • Los Angeles, California: $115,000
  • New York City, New York: $108,000
  • Seattle, Washington: $113,000
  • Overall: $109,000 

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Career Path

Database Developers must have a high school diploma or equivalent. They should then earn a bachelor’s degree in a computer or information-technology discipline. Graduates who go on to receive a master’s degree will enjoy more career opportunities. Some software vendors offer certifications, which can be helpful because some employers require developers to be certified in the products they use.

Position Trends

Database Developers are in high demand, and some employers have a hard time finding qualified candidates. One emerging trend is called database-as-a-service, where a third party does work over the internet, such as cloud computing companies. Smaller companies that don’t have their own IT departments will drive up demand for developers who can work remotely.

The Computing Research Association offers industry news, career advice, and job listings for candidates. The Association for Computing Machinery is another excellent resource.

Job Outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the need for Database Developers and Database Administrators should grow by nine percent for the next several years, which is faster than average. Graduates who earn an advanced degree and certifications will have the best career prospects.

Typical Hours

Database Developers usually work regular weekday hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., in an office setting, but they sometimes might need to log more than 40 hours a week. They also may have opportunities to work from home or remotely for companies in other locations.

Where You Can Find Jobs

  • 4 Corner Resources
  • Career Builder
  • Glassdoor
  • Indeed
  • LinkedIn
  • Monster
  • Computing Research Association

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