Database developers create and implement computer databases by first determining the best database management system for clients. They analyze a company’s needs by compiling an effective database system that meets those needs and test database programs for efficiency and performance while troubleshooting and correcting issues. To assist with the process, database developers utilize their knowledge of software, data integrity practices, programming languages, and other factors that go into database systems. They run performance testing procedures to ensure databases function correctly, and they troubleshoot potential problems.
Database developers create and submit testing reports and information to improve the database system when necessary, and generate documentation about the system, providing users with an operational manual and supporting documentation. When changes occur, they update the documentation. Database developers need a bachelor's degree in computer science, advanced SQL skills, and knowledge of new and emerging technologies.
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