SQL Developer

Career Area: Information Technology

Occupation Group: Database Specialists

Salary

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

State

The average salary in North Carolina for those pursuing this career is $103,378

*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 $98,874

*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 structured query language (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 Carolina257+16%
Nationwide4323+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 SQL Developer is expected to have in order to experience success in this field:

  • Troubleshooting: Troubleshooting or dpanneuring is a form of problem solving, often applied to repair failed products or processes on a machine or a system.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Problem Solving: Problem solving consists of using generic or ad hoc methods, in an orderly manner, for finding solutions to problems.

Specialized Skills

These skills are specific to working in this career:

  • 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).
  • SQL Server: Microsoft SQL Server is a relational database management system developed by Microsoft.
  • 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.
  • Extraction Transformation and Loading (ETL): In computing, Extract, Transform, Load (ETL) refers to a process in database usage and especially in data warehousing.
  • Transact-SQL: Transact-SQL (T-SQL) is Microsoft's and Sybase's proprietary extension to the SQL (Structured Query Language) used to interact with relational databases.

Distinguishing Skills

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

  • 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.
  • SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS): Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services, SSAS, is an online analytical and transactional processing (OLAP) and data mining tool in Microsoft SQL Server.
  • 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.
  • Informatica: Informatica is a software development company founded in 1993.
  • PostgreSQL: PostgreSQL, often simply Postgres, is an object-relational database management system (ORDBMS) with an emphasis on extensibility and standards compliance.

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 years13%
3 to 5 years55%
6 to 8 years22%

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:

  • Sql Developer
  • Senior Sql Developer
  • Sql Database Developer
  • Ultipro Hrit Sql Developer
  • Sql Bi Developer

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