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PL / SQL Developer

Career Area: Information Technology

Occupation Group: Database Specialists

Salary

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An example would be the 25th percentile, 25 percent of workers employed in that occupation earn less and 75 percent earn more than the estimated wage value. At the 75th percentile, 75 percent of workers employed in that occupation earn less and 25 percent earn more than the estimated wage value.

A typical PL / SQL Developer earns the following wages (national and state):

State

The average salary in North Carolina for those pursuing this career is $106,635

*The salaries depicted here are representative of the range of salaries posted in job listings over the past year. Living wage in North Carolina is $30,000.

National

The average salary in the United States for those pursuing this career is $101,248

*The salaries depicted here are representative of the range of salaries posted in job listings over the past year. Living wage in North Carolina is $30,000.

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Develops, test and maintains database structures and processes. Specializes in the Procedural Language / Structured Query Language (PL / SQL) processes and structures. Provides support for software, product and client needs addressed through the database systems.

Employment Trends

The job demand and job growth statistics shown here were derived from job posts over the past year. Expected job growth projections are extrapolated from year-over-year job post listing history.

Job demand and job growth is expected at the following rates:

LocationGrowth
North Carolina145+16%
Nationwide1409+11.5%

Skills

A professional in this position typically utilizes the following skills in the course of everyday work in this exciting and challenging field:

Baseline Skills

The following are baseline skills every PL / SQL Developer is expected to have in order to experience success in this field:

  • Communication Skills: The ability to convey information to another effectively and efficiently.
  • Writing: Experience expressing business messages effectively in written form. This may include planning drafting and revising as necessary.
  • Troubleshooting: Troubleshooting or dpanneuring is a form of problem solving, often applied to repair failed products or processes on a machine or a system.
  • Problem Solving: Problem solving consists of using generic or ad hoc methods, in an orderly manner, for finding solutions to problems.
  • Teamwork / Collaboration: Experience working in collaborative efforts with a team to achieve a common goal or to complete a task in the most effective and efficient way.

Specialized Skills

These skills are specific to working in this career:

  • Oracle PL/SQL: PL/SQL (Procedural Language/Structured Query Language) is Oracle Corporation's procedural extension for SQL and the Oracle relational database.
  • Oracle: Oracle Database (commonly referred to as Oracle RDBMS or simply as Oracle) is an object-relational database management system produced and marketed by Oracle Corporation.
  • SQL: SQL ( ESS-kew-EL or SEE-kwl, Structured Query Language) is a domain-specific language used in programming and designed for managing data held in a relational database management system (RDBMS), or for stream processing in a relational data stream management system (RDSMS).
  • Extraction Transformation and Loading (ETL): In computing, Extract, Transform, Load (ETL) refers to a process in database usage and especially in data warehousing.
  • Performance tuning: Working experience of Performance tuning, which is the improvement of system performance. Typically in computer systems, the motivation for such activity is called a performance problem, which can be either real or anticipated. Most systems will respond to increased load with some degree of decreasing performance. A system's ability to accept higher load is called scalability, and modifying a system to handle a higher load is synonymous to performance tuning.

Distinguishing Skills

Any PL / SQL Developer that possesses the following skills will stand out against the competition:

  • SQL*Loader: Working experience of SQL*Loader, which is the primary method for quickly populating Oracle tables with data from external files. It has a powerful data parsing engine that puts little limitation on the format of the data in the datafile.
  • Teradata DBA: Working experience of Teradata DBA. Teradata offers three main services to its customers: cloud and hardware-based data warehousing, business analytics, and consulting services. In September 2016, the company launched Teradata Everywhere, which allows users to submit queries against public and private databases. The service uses massively parallel processing across both its physical data warehouse and cloud storage, including managed environments such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, VMware, and Teradata's Managed Cloud and IntelliFlex.
  • Database Schemas: Working experience of Database Schemas, which is the structure of a database system, described in a formal language supported by the database management system (DBMS). The term schema refers to the organization of data as a blueprint of how the database is constructed (divided into database tables in the case of relational databases).
  • Data Warehouse Processing: Working experience of Data Warehouse Processing, which involves extracting, transforming and loading data from source systems and placing it into a data warehouse.
  • Microsoft Sql Server Integration Services (SSIS): SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) is a component of the Microsoft SQL Server database software that can be used to perform a broad range of data migration tasks.

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills:

  • Relational DataBase Management System (RDBMS): A relational database management system (RDBMS) is a database management system (DBMS) that is based on the relational model as invented by Edgar F.Codd, of IBM's San Jose Research Laboratory.
  • Data Architecture: In information technology, data architecture is composed of models, policies, rules or standards that govern which data is collected, and how it is stored, arranged, integrated, and put to use in data systems and in organizations.

Experience

This position typically requires the following level of experience. The numbers presented in the pie charts below were derived from actual job posts over the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Experience Required%
0 to 2 years8%
3 to 5 years42%
6 to 8 years36%

Many of the programs offered through NC State are designed for working professionals who need additional credentials to enhance existing work experience.

Students who do not have the expected level of experience may wish to look into internship and employment opportunities.

Common Job Titles

It is possible to find work in this field in positions commonly listed as the following job titles:

  • Pl/Sql Developer
  • Oracle Database Developer
  • Senior Pl/Sql Developer
  • Informatica/Oracle Developer
  • Oracle Pl/Sql

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