Database developers work in the IT department and are responsible for the development and maintenance of databases while following specific coding standards. They will often analyze current database procedures in order to develop comprehensive solutions to modernize, streamline and/or eliminate inefficient coding. This involves monitoring, troubleshooting and debugging databases to solve performance issues. Database developers also create ad-hoc scripts and cleanup scripts as needed. In addition, they deliver written reports reviewing current coding and make recommendations on changes that should be made to enhance performance. They also often collaborate with other members of a development team in order to give and receive feedback, and to develop the best solutions and procedures for the business.
Most employers require database developers to have previous experience with database development, data analysis and unit testing. Experience with SQL and development techniques is almost always required, in addition to a bachelor's degree in computer science or a related field. Appropriate levels of work experience may sometimes be considered an appropriate substitute for a degree. Database developers should be highly organized, with skills that include excellent written and verbal communication, problem solving, data analysis and the ability to work alone or with others as needed. Most employers consider knowledge of how to work with multi-database environments integral to their database development position, so prior experience is a plus. Outside technologies and development programs that are used vary depending on the company, so the ability to pick up technical skills quickly and adapt to new technologies as they are introduced is imperative.
Database Developer Tasks
- Interact with client representatives and business analyst to develop database solutions that meet business requirements.
- Document work of operational responsibilities.
- Support application of business intelligence and marketing automation solutions.
- Support the database services in the design, delivery and operation of database solutions.