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Working As A Java Software Developer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Getting Information
  • Mostly Sitting

  • $86,827

    Average Salary

What Does A Java Software Developer Do

Software developers are the creative minds behind computer programs. Some develop the applications that allow people to do specific tasks on a computer or another device. Others develop the underlying systems that run the devices or that control networks.

Duties

Software developers typically do the following:

  • Analyze users’ needs and then design, test, and develop software to meet those needs
  • Recommend software upgrades for customers’ existing programs and systems
  • Design each piece of an application or a system and plan how the pieces will work together
  • Create a variety of models and diagrams (such as flowcharts) that instruct programmers how to write software code
  • Ensure that a program continues to function normally through software maintenance and testing
  • Document every aspect of an application or a system as a reference for future maintenance and upgrades
  • Collaborate with other computer specialists to create optimum software

Software developers are in charge of the entire development process for a software program. They may begin by asking how the customer plans to use the software. They must identify the core functionality that users need from software programs. Software developers must also determine user requirements that are unrelated to the functionality of software, such as the level of security and performance needs. They design the program and then give instructions to programmers, who write computer code and test it.

If the program does not work as expected or if testers find it too difficult to use, software developers go back to the design process to fix the problems or improve the program. After the program is released to the customer, a developer may perform upgrades and maintenance.

Developers usually work closely with computer programmers. However, in some companies, developers write code themselves instead of giving instructions to the programmers.

Developers who supervise a software project from the planning stages through implementation sometimes are called information technology (IT) project managers. These workers monitor the project’s progress to ensure that it meets deadlines, standards, and cost targets. IT project managers who plan and direct an organization’s IT department or IT policies are included in the profile on computer and information systems managers.

The following are examples of types of software developers:

Applications software developers design computer applications, such as word processors and games, for consumers. They may create custom software for a specific customer or commercial software to be sold to the general public. Some applications software developers create complex databases for organizations. They also create programs that people use over the Internet and within a company’s intranet.

Systems software developers create the systems that keep computers functioning properly. These could be operating systems for computers that the general public buys or systems built specifically for an organization. Often, systems software developers also build the system’s interface, which is what allows users to interact with the computer. Systems software developers are creating the operating systems that control most of the consumer electronics in use today, including the systems in phones or cars.

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How To Become A Java Software Developer

Software developers usually have a bachelor’s degree in computer science and strong computer programming skills.

Education

Software developers usually have a bachelor’s degree, typically in computer science, software engineering, or a related field. A degree in mathematics is also acceptable. Computer science degree programs are the most common, because they tend to cover a broad range of topics. Students should focus on classes related to building software in order to better prepare themselves for work in the occupation. For some positions, employers may prefer a master’s degree.

Although writing code is not their first priority, developers must have a strong background in computer programming. They usually gain this experience in school. Throughout their career, developers must keep up to date on new tools and computer languages.

Software developers also need skills related to the industry in which they work. Developers working in a bank, for example, should have knowledge of finance so that they can understand a bank’s computing needs.

Other Experience

Many students gain experience in software development by completing an internship at a software company while in college.

Some software developers first work as computer programmers and then are given more responsibility as they gain experience. Eventually, they become developers.

Advancement

Software developers can advance to become information technology (IT) project managers, also called computer and information systems managers, a position in which they oversee the software development process.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Developers must analyze users’ needs and then design software to meet those needs.

Communication skills. Developers must be able to give clear instructions to others working on a project. They must also explain to their customers how the software works and answer any questions that arise.

Computer skills. Developers must understand computer capabilities and programming languages in order to design effective software.

Creativity. Developers are the creative minds behind new computer software.

Detail oriented. Developers often work on many parts of an application or system at the same time and must therefore be able to concentrate and pay attention to detail.

Interpersonal skills. Software developers must be able to work well with others who contribute to designing, developing, and programming successful software.

Problem-solving skills. Because developers are in charge of software from beginning to end, they must be able to solve problems that arise throughout the design process.

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Average Length of Employment
Software Engineer 3.0 years
Software Developer 2.6 years
Java Developer 2.3 years
Developer 2.2 years
Java Architect 2.0 years
J2ee Developer 1.8 years
Java Consultant 1.7 years
Java Programmer 1.7 years
Java Web Developer 1.7 years
Junior Developer 1.4 years
Top Careers Before Java Software Developer
Developer 4.7%
Programmer 3.4%
Server 1.7%
Top Careers After Java Software Developer
Developer 5.1%
Lecturer 2.1%
Engineer 2.1%

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Java Software Developer Demographics

Gender

Male

73.8%

Female

21.7%

Unknown

4.5%
Ethnicity

White

40.2%

Asian

27.6%

Hispanic or Latino

12.8%

Unknown

9.9%

Black or African American

9.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

German

28.6%

Japanese

28.6%

Chinese

28.6%

Persian

14.3%
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Java Software Developer Education

Schools

Maharishi University of Management

10.9%

University of Georgia

9.1%

University of Houston

7.3%

University of Arizona

7.3%

Regis University

5.5%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

5.5%

University of Texas at Austin

5.5%

University of Delaware

5.5%

University of Memphis

3.6%

Boston University

3.6%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

3.6%

Indiana Institute of Technology

3.6%

University of Colorado at Boulder

3.6%

New York University

3.6%

Texas State University

3.6%

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

3.6%

Georgia State University

3.6%

California State University - East Bay

3.6%

DePaul University

3.6%

University of Nebraska at Kearney

3.6%
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Majors

Computer Science

47.3%

Computer Engineering

14.4%

Electrical Engineering

10.2%

Science, Technology, And Society

3.6%

Information Technology

3.6%

Business

3.0%

Computer Information Systems

2.4%

Management Information Systems

2.4%

Computer Applications

1.8%

Biostatistics

1.8%

Engineering Technology

1.2%

Mathematics

1.2%

Engineering

1.2%

Mathematics And Computer Science

1.2%

Information Systems

1.2%

Liberal Arts

1.2%

Management

0.6%

Psychology

0.6%

English

0.6%

Writing

0.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

51.7%

Masters

41.7%

Other

3.9%

Doctorate

2.2%

Associate

0.6%
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Real Java Software Developer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Java Software Developer Software Guidance & Assistance, Inc. Jersey City, NJ Oct 05, 2015 $140,000
Full Stack Java Developer/Software Engineer Salesforce.Com, Inc. San Francisco, CA Feb 23, 2015 $135,000
Senior Java Software Developer, Informatics Healthline Networks, Inc. San Francisco, CA Nov 20, 2015 $134,638
Java Developer, Software Eyeview, Inc. New York, NY Sep 30, 2016 $130,000
Principal Java Software Developer Huge, LLC New York, NY Aug 15, 2015 $127,000 -
$145,000
Software Developer/Java BPM Developer Idexcel, Inc. Durham, NC Mar 21, 2016 $126,900
Software Developer/Java BPM Developer Idexcel, Inc. Cary, NC Sep 01, 2015 $126,900
SR. Java Software Developer Medco Health Services, Inc. Franklin Lakes, NJ Oct 10, 2016 $125,000
SR. Java Software Developer Marlabs, Inc. Piscataway, NJ Oct 21, 2016 $123,490
SR. Java Software Developer Marlabs, Inc. Piscataway, NJ Mar 28, 2016 $123,490
SR. Java Software Developer Marlabs, Inc. Piscataway, NJ Mar 23, 2016 $123,490
SR. Java Software Developer Marlabs, Inc. Piscataway, NJ Mar 17, 2016 $123,490
SR. Java Software Developer Marlabs, Inc. Piscataway, NJ May 20, 2016 $123,490
SR. Java Software Developer Marlabs, Inc. Piscataway, NJ Jun 05, 2016 $123,490
Software Developer/Java Developer Idexcel, Inc. Roseland, NJ Jul 06, 2015 $96,500
Software Developer/Java Developer Idexcel, Inc. Roseland, NJ Feb 23, 2015 $96,500
Software Developer/Java Developer Idexcel, Inc. Roseland, NJ Aug 21, 2016 $96,500
Software Developer/Java Developer Idexcel, Inc. Irving, TX Jan 10, 2016 $96,000
Software Developer/Java Developer Idexcel, Inc. Washington, DC Feb 08, 2016 $96,000
Software Developer/Java Developer Idexcel, Inc. Washington, DC Jul 22, 2016 $96,000
Software Developer/Java Developer Idexcel, Inc. Washington, DC Jan 08, 2016 $96,000
Software Developer/Java Developer Idexcel, Inc. Westerville, OH Jul 18, 2016 $96,000
Java Software Developer Catapult Staffing LLC Plano, TX Sep 08, 2015 $79,747
Java Software Developer Team International Services Inc. Lake Mary, FL Sep 08, 2015 $79,747
SR. Java Software Developer Catapult Staffing LLC Plano, TX Sep 14, 2015 $79,747
Java Software Developer Team International Services Inc. Dallas, TX Sep 08, 2015 $79,747
Middle Java Software Developer Catapult Staffing LLC Plano, TX Sep 08, 2015 $79,747
Middle Java Software Developer Team International Services Inc. Dallas, TX Sep 08, 2015 $79,747
Java Software Developer Catapult Staffing LLC Dallas, TX Sep 08, 2015 $79,747

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Top Skills for A Java Software Developer

  1. Web
  2. Pl/Sql
  3. JSP
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  • Developed web and client server applications using J2EE architecture implementing various design patterns.
  • Designed and developed database objects like Tables, Views, Stored procedures, User Functions using PL/SQL, SQL Developer.
  • Designed and implemented approximately 15 JSP pages using Jakarta Struts wizard component structure for GM Europe client.
  • Handled necessary Business logic in Servlets.
  • Used Hibernate for facilitating the storage and retrieval of Groovy domain classes and mapping of controller classes to database tables.

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  4. Colorado
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  8. Maryland
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