Survey: Database Industry Has High Job Security
According to Visual Studio Magazine's 2012 .NET Developer Salary Survey, database-related jobs provide good job security and competitive salaries.
The survey noted that, "In terms of top job functions for security and retention, database administrator/developer ranked highest (46.5 percent), followed by senior engineer/senior software developer (43.5 percent) and software architect (43 percent)."
As far as technologies that provided perceived job security/retention, SQL Server was No. 2.
Salary-wise, the average base for database administrator/developer types was $91,276, pretty much aligned with the median base salary of all respondents, $92,000.
That compares to a $95,212 average base salary reported by database developers in Redmondmag.com's 2011 Windows IT Salary Survey last August. Interestingly, in that survey, the data devs' salary had fallen from No. 1 the previous year to No. 4.
Another noteable portion of the .NET developer survey:
"Only 4.2 percent of survey respondents categorized their role as database administrator/developer. However, 67.5 percent of 1,104 respondents reported a background -- they had worked on a project for at least six months -- in database development: 45.3 percent in database administration and 24.2 percent in data warehousing."
Read the complete survey here.
David Ramel is the editor of Visual Studio Magazine.