Software Database Engineer

Job Pressure
Academic Pressure
2-3 L
Early Salary
5-6 L
Mid Level Salary
13-15 L
Senior Salary

Software Database Engineer responsibilities would revolve around database and related system design, installation, administration and maintenance. Your design related duties may include building the architecture for database servers and creating database administration plans. Additionally, you may develop stored procedures, triggers and views.

You may also be responsible for evaluating existing systems and handling upgrades or reconfigurations. This would include installing new systems or components as needed. Administering various protocols and procedures to ensure that the system runs efficiently and is maintained properly would also be a part of your duties. They must make sure that a database is operational and provides valid and relevant data. An in-depth understanding of computer software, database technologies and programming is required to work as a database engineer.

What do they do?

As a database engineer you will have the primary responsibility of designing, developing and implementing database systems. You'll be responsible for troubleshooting database management issues as they arise. You'll work as part of a team, along with software developers and design and system analysts, to ensure that the database systems meet the specific requirements of your business or industry. You'll install database system software upgrades to maintain optimized efficiency and security. Two common specialties are as follows:
  • System DBAs are responsible for the physical and technical aspects of a database, such as installing upgrades and patches to fix program bugs. They typically have a background in system architecture and ensure that the database in a firm’s computer systems works properly.

  • Application DBAs support a database that has been designed for a specific application or a set of applications, such as customer service software. Using complex programming languages, they may write or debug programs and must be able to manage the aspects of the applications that work with the database. They also do all the tasks of a general DBA, but only for their particular application.

Typical day in the life of a Software Database Engineer

  • Identify user needs to create and administer databases
  • Ensure that the database operates efficiently and without error
  • Make and test modifications to the database structure when needed -Maintain the database and update permissions
  • Merge old databases into new ones
  • Backup and restore data to prevent data loss

Pros about this career

  • Higher-than-average salary
  • Strong estimated job growth
  • Employment opportunities are not geographically restrictive

Cons about this career

  • May have long work hours
  • Rapidly changing technology makes continuing education a necessity
  • Outsourcing to other countries is a concern
  • Industry specific experience versus general database experience is usually required

Skills needed

  • Good domain knowledge
  • Problem solving
  • Communication

How do I get there

Database engineers come into their positions in a variety of different paths, but all share an in-depth knowledge of computer programming and data manipulation techniques. There are many technical degrees that can help aspiring engineers develop a working knowledge of databases and computer technologies. Popular undergraduate majors include computer science, information science 

Database administrator certificate will give added advantage. 
Procedural language (PL/SQL) knowledge and experience is required. Strong knowledge of Oracle, Sql Server, MySql, etc.- able to architect Oracle based solutions, not just perform database administration.

NoSQL databases have been getting lot of attention over the last few years for their performance, scalability, schema flexibility and analytic capabilities.