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What is a Database Developer?

Database Developers design and develop databases, or repair and improve existing databases. They collaborate with business clients in order to create a product that ties the required functionalities with specific business outcomes.

They are also required to train both technical and non-technical staff, provide technical support, write technical manuals, and determine the best way to clean and organise data.


What should be included in a Database Developer job description?

As an invaluable member of the IT team, a typical Database Developer job description should include, but is not limited to:

  • Collaborate with business units to determine business goals and user needs
  • Determine the best way to clean and organise data
  • Design and build database solutions
  • Repair, optimise, and maintain legacy systems
  • Create training and technical manuals
  • Provide data reports and analyses for clients

What skills and qualifications should a Database Developer have?

While a tertiary education in software development, mathematics, or computer science is recommended, it is not a strict requirement. Instead, Database Developers have three major areas in which they should be able to demonstrate knowledge and expertise: design thinking, database development, and customer service.

As such, they should be proficient in several programming languages, including SQL, as well as other languages required by the role: for example, C++, Oracle, and/or Java, JavaScript.

Other technical skills should include:

  • Expert-level knowledge of Microsoft Excel
  • Ability to translate non-technical requests into technical solutions

Soft skills should include:

  • Communication
  • Problem solving
  • Critical thinking
  • Collaboration
  • Organisation

How much does a Database Developer earn?

$75,000 - $140,000

A Database Developer salary is determined typically by the number of years of experience, soft and technical skills, and the scale of responsibilities in the organisation. To find out what a Database Developer is earning this year, download our complimentary Robert Half Salary Guide.

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