A career as a database developer is perfect for you if you enjoy utilising your expertise in a practical way, providing technical support and sharing your knowledge by training others.
Qualifications and Requirements
To be a database developer, candidates will typically have a degree in applied mathematics or computer science. You should have some practical experience in computer programming and database development.
It is also advantageous if you have a sound knowledge of and experience using Oracle 9i and PL-SQL. You must be able to create Oracle reports and write complex SQL statements for extensive databases. You should have a thorough understanding of index strategies, performance tuning and optimization and stored procedures.
In terms of personal skills, you should have good people skills, being able to communicate with the client and your superiors well. You must have an analytical approach to projects. You should be able to plan technical solutions well. You should be well organised and strict with documentation. Being proactive. You must have excellent time-management skills and be able to meet deadlines.
Companies hire database developers to design, install and sustain programmes that can be used to update and utilise data from specific databases.
Typical duties include organising meetings with clients to decide what functions their database needs; designing the structure for the database; writing database manuals; providing follow up support and training members of the company who will be using the database.
Careers and Prospects
Most people gain around 20 years of experience before moving onto another career. Experience has a reasonable effect on income in this career. As in most IT careers, as a database developer you should continuously update your knowledge of software developments and changes in technology.
On average, Database Developers earn a salary of £28,786 per year. The average starting salary is £19,967; the average top salary is £50,198 (in 2014). Pay tends to have a steady increase from entry level to experienced, late career.
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