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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

  • $73,396

    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
Senior Software Engineer Software Development Manager
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Lead Developer Lead Designer Creative Director
Director Of User Experience
10 Yearsyrs
Applications Developer Business Analyst Information Technology Manager
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
Software Developer Technical Consultant Network Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Programmer Analyst Senior Business Analyst Implementation Manager
Integration Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
NET Developer Lead Developer Chief Technology Officer
President & Chief Technology Officer
13 Yearsyrs
NET Developer Senior Consultant Senior Product Manager
Principal Product Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Software Developer Senior Software Engineer Business Analyst
Product Owner
9 Yearsyrs
Java Developer Senior Software Engineer Development Manager
Senior Development Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Web Developer Product Manager Product Management Director
Senior Director, Product Management
14 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Senior Technical Program Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Java Developer Engineer Product Manager
Technical Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Applications Developer Interactive Developer User Experience Designer
User Experience Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Lead Developer Manager Applications Development Application Development Director
Vice President Of Application Development
11 Yearsyrs
Programmer Analyst Software Consultant Director Of Software Development
Vice President Of Software Engineering
14 Yearsyrs
Web Developer Development Manager Director Of Software Development
Vice President, Software Development
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Systems Developer 3.1 years
Software Engineer 3.0 years
Software Developer 2.6 years
Lead Developer 2.5 years
Java Developer 2.3 years
Solution Developer 2.3 years
Developer 2.2 years
Contract Developer 2.1 years
Web Developer 2.0 years
J2ee Developer 1.8 years
Junior Developer 1.0 years
Top Employers Before
Internship 15.6%
Developer 8.3%
Consultant 4.1%
Trainee 3.7%
Top Employers After
Developer 16.1%
Consultant 2.2%

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Junior Developer Demographics

Gender

Male

67.1%

Female

28.8%

Unknown

4.1%
Ethnicity

White

43.6%

Asian

29.9%

Hispanic or Latino

12.0%

Black or African American

8.8%

Unknown

5.7%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

29.4%

Chinese

9.8%

German

7.8%

Japanese

7.8%

Mandarin

7.8%

French

3.9%

Hindi

3.9%

Cantonese

3.9%

Italian

3.9%

Tamil

3.9%

Russian

2.0%

Portuguese

2.0%

Bulgarian

2.0%

Vietnamese

2.0%

Romanian

2.0%

Urdu

2.0%

Marathi

2.0%

Polish

2.0%

Bengali

2.0%
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Junior Developer Education

Schools

Rochester Institute of Technology

8.3%

New York University

6.0%

Full Sail University

6.0%

University of South Alabama

6.0%

Arizona State University

6.0%

National University

6.0%

Wilmington University

4.8%

University of Washington

4.8%

Ohio State University

4.8%

Drexel University

4.8%

University of Southern California

4.8%

University of Utah

4.8%

Southern New Hampshire University

4.8%

Weber State University

4.8%

University of Texas at Austin

4.8%

Stevens Institute of Technology

4.8%

Syracuse University

3.6%

Eastern Michigan University

3.6%

University of Massachusetts - Boston

3.6%

Wichita State University

3.6%
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Majors

Computer Science

36.9%

Information Technology

9.7%

Computer Engineering

9.5%

Computer Applications

6.0%

Electrical Engineering

5.4%

Business

4.7%

Computer Information Systems

4.7%

Information Systems

4.3%

Engineering

3.4%

Management Information Systems

2.4%

Communication

1.7%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.5%

English

1.3%

Finance

1.3%

Graphic Design

1.3%

Mathematics

1.3%

Marketing

1.3%

Education

1.1%

Information Sciences

1.1%

Accounting

1.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

55.1%

Masters

25.2%

Other

11.4%

Associate

3.8%

Certificate

2.4%

Diploma

1.7%

Doctorate

0.5%
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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

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  1. Web
  2. Pl/Sql
  3. Database
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  • Started as Junior developer, and developed programming skills, both in desktop and web applications.
  • Involved in Design and Development of PL/SQL Packages and Stored Procedures for various business requirements involving data loading and reporting.
  • Normalized the database to remove data redundancy.
  • Designed front end GUI for automated machines using HTML, JavaScript and C#.
  • Produced cross platform compatible JavaScript.

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