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Working As A Junior Developer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $83,846

    Average Salary

What Does A Junior Developer Do

Computer programmers write and test code that allows computer applications and software programs to function properly. They turn the program designs created by software developers and engineers into instructions that a computer can follow. In addition, programmers test newly created applications and programs to ensure that they produce the expected results. If they do not work correctly, computer programmers check the code for mistakes and fix them.

Duties

Computer programmers typically do the following:

  • Write programs in a variety of computer languages, such as C++ and Java
  • Update and expand existing programs
  • Test programs for errors and fix the faulty lines of computer code responsible
  • Create and test code in an integrated development environment (IDE)
  • Use code libraries, which are collections of independent lines of code, to simplify the writing

Programmers work closely with software developers, and in some businesses their duties overlap. When such overlap occurs, programmers can do work that is typical of developers, such as designing the program. Program design entails planning the software initially, creating models and flowcharts detailing how the code is to be written, writing and debugging code, and designing an application or systems interface. Programmers often use an IDE, which allows them to create, edit, and test code.

A program’s purpose determines the complexity of its computer code. For example, a weather application for a mobile device will require less programming than a social-networking application. Simpler programs can be written in less time. Complex programs, such as computer operating systems, can take a year or more to complete.

Software-as-a-service (SaaS), which consists of applications provided through the Internet, is a growing field. Although programmers typically need to rewrite their programs to work on different system platforms, such as Windows or OS X, applications created with SaaS work on all platforms. Accordingly, programmers writing SaaS applications may not have to rewrite as much code as other programmers do and can instead spend more time writing new programs.

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How To Become A Junior Developer

Most computer programmers have a bachelor’s degree in computer science or a related subject; however, some employers hire workers with an associate’s degree. Most programmers specialize in a few programming languages.

Education

Most computer programmers have a bachelor’s degree; however, some employers hire workers who have an associate’s degree. Most programmers get a degree in computer science or a related subject. Programmers who work in specific fields, such as healthcare or accounting, may take classes in that field to supplement their degree in computer programming. In addition, employers value experience, which many students gain through internships.

Most programmers learn a few computer languages while in school. However, a computer science degree gives students the skills needed to learn new computer languages easily. During their classes, students receive hands-on experience writing code, testing programs, fixing errors, and doing many other tasks that they will perform on the job.

To keep up with changing technology, computer programmers may take continuing education and professional development seminars to learn new programming languages or about upgrades to programming languages they already know.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Programmers can become certified in specific programming languages or for vendor-specific programming products. Some companies require their computer programmers to be certified in the products they use.

Other Experience

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

Advancement

Programmers who have general business experience may become computer systems analysts. With experience, some programmers may become software developers. They may also be promoted to managerial positions. For more information, see the profiles on computer systems analysts, software developers, and computer and information systems managers.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Computer programmers must understand complex instructions in order to create computer code.

Concentration. Programmers must be able to work at a computer, writing lines of code for long periods.

Detail oriented. Computer programmers must closely examine the code they write because a small mistake can affect the entire computer program.

Troubleshooting skills. An important part of a programmer’s job is to check the code for errors and fix any they find.

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Junior Developer Career Paths

Junior Developer
Web Developer Senior Web Developer Senior Software Engineer
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
NET Developer Interactive Developer Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
ETL Developer Developer Analyst Systems Analyst
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Software Developer Senior Software Engineer
Lead Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Technical Analyst
Lead Technician
6 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Senior Software Engineer
Principal Software Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
Lead Developer Lead Technician Business Analyst
Product Owner
9 Yearsyrs
Web Developer Web Application Developer Senior Software Engineer
Quality Assurance Lead
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Quality Assurance Lead
Quality Assurance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Java Developer Applications Developer Senior Software Engineer
Senior .NET Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Applications Developer Database Administrator Senior Software Engineer
Senior ETL Developer
5 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Systems Analyst Senior Software Engineer
Senior Java Developer
6 Yearsyrs
ETL Developer Data Analyst SAS Programmer
Senior Programmer
5 Yearsyrs
Programmer Analyst Systems Analyst
Senior Programmer Analyst
7 Yearsyrs
Programmer Analyst Quality Assurance Analyst
Senior Quality Assurance Analyst
6 Yearsyrs
Lead Developer Business Analyst Senior Quality Assurance Analyst
Senior Quality Assurance Engineer
7 Yearsyrs
Applications Developer Data Analyst Quality Assurance Tester
Senior Quality Assurance Tester
6 Yearsyrs
Software Developer Applications Developer
Senior Software Engineer
6 Yearsyrs
Java Developer Interactive Developer
Senior Web Developer
6 Yearsyrs
NET Developer Senior .NET Developer Lead Developer
Senior/Lead Developer
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Programmer Analyst 4.0 years
Systems Developer 3.4 years
Senior Programmer 3.4 years
Software Architect 3.2 years
Software Engineer 3.2 years
Lead Programmer 3.1 years
NET Developer 3.0 years
Obiee Developer 3.0 years
Internet Developer 2.8 years
Media Developer 2.7 years
Software Developer 2.7 years
Qlikview Developer 2.7 years
Web Site Developer 2.7 years
Pl/Sql Developer 2.6 years
Programmer 2.6 years
Intranet Developer 2.5 years
Cognos Developer 2.5 years
Developer Analyst 2.5 years
Oracle Developer 2.5 years
Lead Developer 2.5 years
Project Developer 2.5 years
Solution Developer 2.4 years
Lead Web Developer 2.4 years
C++ Developer 2.4 years
Java Developer 2.3 years
Contract Developer 2.3 years
Developer 2.2 years
Hadoop Developer 2.2 years
Test Developer 2.2 years
PHP Developer 2.1 years
Database Developer 2.1 years
Siebel Developer 2.1 years
Web Developer 2.1 years
ETL Developer 2.0 years
BOS Developer 2.0 years
GIS Developer 2.0 years
SQL Developer 1.9 years
Flash Developer 1.9 years
Reports Developer 1.9 years
J2ee Developer 1.8 years
Java Web Developer 1.8 years
Junior Programmer 1.8 years
IOS Developer 1.8 years
Android Developer 1.8 years
PHP Web Developer 1.7 years
Game Developer 1.7 years
Java Consultant 1.7 years
Java Programmer 1.7 years
Web Page Developer 1.6 years
Ssis Developer 1.5 years
Junior Developer 1.0 years
Top Employers Before
Internship 17.4%
Developer 7.2%
Consultant 4.7%
Trainee 3.4%
Volunteer 3.0%
Top Employers After
Developer 16.5%
Consultant 2.2%

Junior Developer Demographics

Gender

Male

67.3%

Female

28.9%

Unknown

3.8%
Ethnicity

White

58.2%

Asian

27.5%

Hispanic or Latino

8.6%

Unknown

4.3%

Black or African American

1.4%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

36.5%

German

7.7%

Chinese

5.8%

Japanese

5.8%

French

5.8%

Mandarin

5.8%

Portuguese

3.8%

Hindi

3.8%

Italian

3.8%

Tamil

3.8%

Russian

1.9%

Bulgarian

1.9%

Romanian

1.9%

Urdu

1.9%

Marathi

1.9%

Cantonese

1.9%

Polish

1.9%

Arabic

1.9%

Bengali

1.9%
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Junior Developer Education

Schools

New York University

6.3%

Full Sail University

6.3%

Rochester Institute of Technology

6.3%

University of South Alabama

6.3%

National University

6.3%

Wilmington University

5.1%

University of Washington

5.1%

Ohio State University

5.1%

Drexel University

5.1%

California State University - East Bay

5.1%

Arizona State University

5.1%

University of Utah

5.1%

Southern New Hampshire University

5.1%

Florida State University

5.1%

Syracuse University

3.8%

University of Florida

3.8%

Florida Atlantic University

3.8%

University of Massachusetts - Boston

3.8%

Temple University

3.8%

Wichita State University

3.8%
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Majors

Computer Science

34.3%

Computer Engineering

9.0%

Information Technology

8.8%

Business

6.7%

Computer Applications

5.5%

Electrical Engineering

5.0%

Computer Information Systems

5.0%

Information Systems

3.6%

Engineering

3.4%

Marketing

2.2%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.9%

Management Information Systems

1.9%

Communication

1.9%

Finance

1.7%

English

1.6%

Political Science

1.6%

Graphic Design

1.6%

Mathematics

1.6%

Education

1.4%

Psychology

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

54.4%

Masters

23.1%

Other

12.9%

Associate

4.2%

Certificate

3.1%

Diploma

1.3%

Doctorate

0.9%

License

0.1%
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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 Sep 01, 2015 $91,374
Junior Developer ICAP Services North America LLC Jersey City, NJ Jan 09, 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/Tester Randstad Technologies, LP Washington, DC Aug 22, 2015 $80,000
Junior Developer (Software Applications) Innerworkings, Inc. Chicago, IL Sep 02, 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 Sep 04, 2015 $70,970 -
$80,000
Junior Developer Noble Americas Corp. Stamford, CT Apr 09, 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

Pl/SqlWebFormsDatabaseDesignHtmlJavascriptSQLServerProceduresWindowsXPASPCSSUserInterfaceC#.NETXMLCustomWebApplicationAPIJqueryJSPAjaxBusinessLogic

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Top Junior Developer Skills

  1. Pl/Sql
  2. Web Forms
  3. Database Design
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Created Stored Procedures for product search in PL/SQL.
  • Add functionality to the intranet by adding new web forms using ASP.NET 4.0.
  • Performed analysis, database design and development.
  • Developed web pages for various modules like purchase invoices using Classic ASP and HTML.
  • Involved in design & development of WebPages/reports using ASP.NET, JavaScript.

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