What's it like to be a Database Developer?
A Database Developer is a Software Developer who specialises in the design and implementation of computer databases. They commonly use programming languages like C, Node, PHP, Python, SQL and Ruby to build or manage a database.
Tasks and duties
- Designing database systems.
- Creating and updating database documentation.
- Gathering project requirements by liaising with stakeholders.
- Analysing project requirements and designing solutions and features.
- Using computer software and hardware to write and modify programming code.
- Modifying and documenting the program code to correct errors.
- Testing code for bugs and implementing improvements and fixes.
- Solving problems using logic and methodical testing processes.
- Developing testing and validation processes.
- Deploying code to the live environment.
Database Developers commonly work to a process known as the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC), which contains six stages: analysis, design, development and testing, implementation, documentation, and evaluation. They work in the IT department of tech–driven organisations in a broad range of industries. They may also work freelance servicing a list of clients.
What can I earn as a Database Developer?
How to become a Database Developer
- Complete a qualification in computer science with a focus on software development. This could be a certificate, diploma or a bachelor degree.
- Consider completing further qualifications focussing on one or more relevant programming languages.