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Working As A Junior Developer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Mostly Sitting

  • $72,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Junior 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 Junior 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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Junior Developer Career Paths

Junior Developer
Developer Consultant Project Manager
Service Delivery Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Developer Senior Software Engineer
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Developer Consultant Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Software Developer Systems Analyst Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Software Developer Project Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Software Developer Systems Analyst Business Analyst
Product Owner
9 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Project Manager Development Manager
Senior Development Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Senior Software Engineer Chief Technology Officer
President & Chief Technology Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Senior Programmer Analyst Manager Applications Development
Application Development Director
11 Yearsyrs
Java Developer Senior Consultant Senior Product Manager
Principal Product Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Java Developer Consultant Information Technology Project Manager
Technical Delivery Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Java Developer Lead Technician Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Web Developer User Interaction Designer User Experience Designer
User Experience Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Web Developer Owner Co-Founder
Chief Technology Officer & Founder
9 Yearsyrs
Web Developer Development Manager Director Of Software Development
Vice President Of Software Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
NET Developer Senior Consultant Technical Project Manager
Technical Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
NET Developer Project Leader Delivery Manager
Senior Delivery Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Programmer Analyst Systems Administrator Senior Technologist
Principal Technologist
10 Yearsyrs
Applications Developer Manager Applications Development Application Development Director
Vice President Of Application Development
11 Yearsyrs
NET Developer Front End Developer User Experience Designer
Product Lead
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Software Developer 2.6 years
Lead Developer 2.5 years
Solution Developer 2.3 years
Project Developer 2.3 years
Developer 2.2 years
Contract Developer 2.1 years
Junior Developer 1.0 years
Top Careers Before Junior Developer
Internship 18.4%
Developer 8.9%
Trainee 3.1%
Programmer 2.9%
Tutor 2.7%
Associate 2.7%
Cashier 2.7%
Top Careers After Junior Developer
Developer 17.6%
Consultant 2.1%

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Junior Developer Demographics

Gender

Male

59.6%

Female

24.5%

Unknown

15.9%
Ethnicity

White

47.9%

Asian

24.9%

Hispanic or Latino

12.6%

Black or African American

9.6%

Unknown

5.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

28.6%

Chinese

10.7%

Mandarin

8.9%

German

7.1%

Japanese

7.1%

Cantonese

5.4%

French

3.6%

Russian

3.6%

Hindi

3.6%

Italian

3.6%

Tamil

3.6%

Portuguese

1.8%

Bulgarian

1.8%

Urdu

1.8%

Vietnamese

1.8%

Romanian

1.8%

Marathi

1.8%

Polish

1.8%

Bengali

1.8%
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Junior Developer Education

Schools

National University

8.4%

Stevens Institute of Technology

7.1%

University of Central Missouri

5.8%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

5.8%

University of Washington

5.8%

New York University

5.2%

Full Sail University

5.2%

University of Texas at Austin

5.2%

University of Southern California

5.2%

University of Maryland - College Park

4.5%

Rochester Institute of Technology

4.5%

Texas A&M University

4.5%

University of Houston

4.5%

Florida International University

4.5%

Southern New Hampshire University

4.5%

Baruch College of the City University of New York

3.9%

Arizona State University

3.9%

University of Central Florida

3.9%

Portland State University

3.9%

Southern Arkansas University

3.2%
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Majors

Computer Science

40.3%

Computer Engineering

9.4%

Information Technology

8.3%

Computer Applications

6.4%

Electrical Engineering

5.5%

Computer Information Systems

5.3%

Business

4.5%

Information Systems

4.1%

Engineering

3.2%

Management Information Systems

2.3%

Communication

1.6%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.4%

Computer Programming

1.2%

Information Sciences

1.1%

Marketing

1.1%

Mathematics

1.0%

Graphic Design

1.0%

English

0.9%

Finance

0.9%

Systems Engineering

0.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

55.1%

Masters

27.0%

Other

9.5%

Associate

4.5%

Certificate

2.2%

Diploma

1.2%

Doctorate

0.5%
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Average Yearly Salary
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$52,000
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$72,000
Median 50%
$72,000
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Best Paying Company
Populus Group
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
Washington
Avg Experience Level
1.4 years
How much does a Junior Developer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Junior Developer in the United States is $72,271 per year or $35 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $52,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $100,000.

Real Junior Developer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Junior Developer Mediaocean New York, NY Oct 08, 2016 $105,010
Junior Developer Prithvi Americas Inc. Redmond, WA Jul 09, 2016 $99,500
Junior Developer Prithvi Americas Inc. Boston, MA Jul 09, 2016 $99,200
Junior Pipeline Developer Blur Studio, Inc. Culver City, CA Oct 31, 2016 $93,915
Junior Developer ICAP Services North America LLC Jersey City, NJ Jan 09, 2015 $91,374
Junior Developer ICAP Services North America LLC Jersey City, NJ Sep 01, 2015 $91,374
Junior Developer Tibco Software, Inc. Stafford, TX Oct 21, 2015 $90,000
JR. Python Developer Percolate Industries, Inc. New York, NY Sep 06, 2015 $90,000
JR. Developer Ciber, Inc. Greenwood Village, CO Mar 20, 2015 $89,024
Junior Seismic Developer CGG Services (U.S.) Inc. Houston, TX Oct 05, 2016 $82,618 -
$86,000
Junior Python Developer Project Applecart LLC New York, NY Sep 15, 2016 $80,000
Junior Developer (Software Applications) Innerworkings, Inc. Chicago, IL Sep 02, 2015 $80,000
Junior Developer/Tester Randstad Technologies, LP Washington, DC Aug 22, 2015 $80,000
Junior Developer Wal-Sf, LLC San Francisco, CA Sep 11, 2015 $80,000
Junior Developer Fidessa Corporation New York, NY Aug 08, 2016 $78,000
Junior Developer Fidessa Corporation New York, NY Jul 31, 2016 $73,000 -
$80,000
Junior Developer Mobile Solutions Sapient Corporation Boston, MA Sep 02, 2015 $72,000
Junior Developer HTG Capital Partners LLC Chicago, IL Aug 15, 2016 $71,843 -
$105,000
Junior Developer Noble Americas Corp. Stamford, CT Apr 09, 2015 $70,970 -
$80,000
Junior Developer Noble Americas Corp. Stamford, CT Sep 04, 2015 $70,970 -
$80,000
Junior Iphone Developer Youmail, Inc. Irvine, CA Sep 18, 2016 $70,374
Junior Developer MUFG Union Bank, N.A. Jersey City, NJ Aug 13, 2016 $70,001

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Top Skills for A Junior Developer

  1. Web Application
  2. Pl/Sql
  3. Database
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  • Gained an understanding of advanced topics in the development and deployment of dynamic database-driven websites and web applications.
  • Developed PL/SQL stored procedures to perform complex database operations.
  • Participated in Database design, implementation and optimization of SQL queries.
  • Involved in Design UI Screen, Created several mock up Using HTML, CSS and JavaScript.
  • Implemented client side validation using JavaScript.

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