Database Developer

Organize a company's data into an easy-to-access system.
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Salary Range
$41,000 – $114,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Database Developers do?

As a Database Developer, you create and organize the files on a company’s computer network so that employees can easily access the information they need to do their jobs. And because most businesses continually add information and new features to their databases, Database Developers also modify files, and design security features to protect the company’s information.

Since Database Developers build customized databases, they have to speak two languages—that of the computer and that of people. You work with non-technical staff to find out how they will use a new set of information, and then create easy-to-use and functional files. You also maintain databases and build protective systems to secure the information.

When you write new computer programs, you also write the user manuals and help screens, plus train users on how to operate the system. Sometimes, you have to modify programs to make them more user-friendly, which means rewriting the manuals and help screens, too. While understanding computers is easy for you, understanding how users interact with them might not be quite as simple.

If you easily adapt to the rapid changes in technology, and if you enjoy writing—both in computer and human language—then you’re a perfect fit for a Database Developer job. You’ll enjoy lots of opportunities to climb the career ladder or take your experience into a specialty field, like software programming. Plus, since most of your work can be done at home, you may never have to leave your office.

Should I be a Database Developer?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • High Achiever: You love the challenge of tackling difficult work.
  • Logical Thinker: You take a step-by-step approach to analyze information and solve problems.

  • How to become a Database Developer

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