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Working As a Junior Programmer

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

  • Repetitive

  • $59,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Junior Programmer 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 Programmer

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 Programmer Career Paths

Junior Programmer
Programmer Programmer Analyst Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Programmer Project Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Programmer Project Manager Development Manager
Senior Development Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Programmer Analyst Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Programmer Analyst Information Technology Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Systems Analyst
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Systems Analyst Information Systems Manager
Information Systems Director
8 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Senior Programmer Analyst Manager Applications Development
Application Development Director
11 Yearsyrs
Software Developer Consultant Senior Project Manager
Director Of Technology And Services
11 Yearsyrs
Software Developer Consultant Senior Programmer Analyst
Application Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Software Developer Consultant Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Web Developer Owner Co-Founder
Chief Technology Officer & Founder
9 Yearsyrs
Web Developer Senior Software Engineer Information Technology Manager
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
Web Developer Senior Software Engineer Director Of Software Development
Vice President Of Software Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Information Systems Manager
Director Of Information Services
9 Yearsyrs
NET Developer Senior Consultant Information Technology Director
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
NET Developer Developer Solutions Architect
Solutions Manager
8 Yearsyrs
NET Developer Developer Information Technology Analyst
Information Technology Supervisor, Information Technology
6 Yearsyrs
Developer Senior Programmer Analyst Manager Applications Development
Vice President Of Application Development
11 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Information Technology Operations Manager
Manager Information Technology Applications
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Programmer Analyst 3.8 years
Senior Programmer 3.5 years
Lead Programmer 3.2 years
Programmer 2.5 years
Junior Programmer 2.0 years
Top Careers Before Junior Programmer
Programmer 20.7%
Internship 11.9%
Consultant 4.4%
Trainee 4.4%
Server 2.2%
Top Careers After Junior Programmer
Programmer 11.9%
Consultant 4.8%
Developer 2.5%

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Average Yearly Salary
$59,000
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$48,000
Min 10%
$59,000
Median 50%
$59,000
Median 50%
$59,000
Median 50%
$59,000
Median 50%
$59,000
Median 50%
$59,000
Median 50%
$59,000
Median 50%
$74,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Activision Blizzard
Highest Paying City
Redwood City, CA
Highest Paying State
Washington
Avg Experience Level
1.8 years
How much does a Junior Programmer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Junior Programmer in the United States is $59,898 per year or $29 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $48,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $74,000.

Real Junior Programmer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Junior Programmer Healthec, LLC Piscataway, NJ May 16, 2016 $108,805
Junior Programmer Healthec, LLC Piscataway, NJ Oct 28, 2015 $108,805
Junior Programmer Shubh Solutions LLC San Diego, CA Jan 11, 2016 $93,000
Junior Programmer Shubh Solutions LLC San Diego, CA Jun 28, 2016 $93,000
Junior Programmer Shubh Solutions LLC San Diego, CA Mar 16, 2016 $93,000
Junior Programmer Ellkay LLC Teaneck, NJ May 27, 2016 $91,562
Junior Programmer Larsen & Toubro Infotech Limited Hartford, CT Jun 12, 2014 $81,848
Junior Programmer TMC Bonds, LLC New York, NY Sep 25, 2012 $80,000
Junior Programmer Larsen & Toubro Infotech Limited Hartford, CT May 01, 2013 $74,173
Junior Programmer Trustees of The University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA Jun 27, 2016 $73,676
Junior Programmer TMC Bonds, LLC New York, NY Sep 21, 2012 $73,000
Junior Programmer Crystal Dynamics, Inc. Redwood City, CA Oct 01, 2011 $62,500
JR. Statistical Programmer Eliassen Group New London, CT May 26, 2015 $60,424
Junior Programmer David Widerhorn Consulting Chicago, IL Sep 01, 2015 $60,000
Junior Programmer Studiogpu, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Apr 28, 2010 $60,000
Junior Programmer TMC Bonds, LLC New York, NY Feb 22, 2012 $60,000 -
$100,000
Junior Programmer Transdev On Demand, Inc. Woodbridge, NJ Sep 15, 2016 $60,000
Junior Programmer (Supply Chain) 99 Cents Only Store Inc.; Commerce, CA Oct 01, 2011 $56,015
JR. Programmer Uniplus Consultants Inc. Manassas, VA Jun 20, 2011 $56,000
Junior Development Programmer Applied Software, Inc. Burtonsville, MD Oct 01, 2011 $55,349
Junior Programmer Eship Global, Inc. Irving, TX Mar 09, 2016 $55,000
Junior Tools Programmer Avalanche Studios New York Inc. New York, NY Sep 05, 2013 $55,000 -
$65,000
Junior Programmer MacRo International, Inc. Bethesda, MD Aug 30, 2010 $54,808
Junior Programmer Vigna Solutions, Inc. Alexandria, VA Sep 16, 2014 $54,512 -
$62,610

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Top Skills for A Junior Programmer

  1. Web Application
  2. Pl/Sql
  3. Database
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Programmed training web applications for government contracts, designed and implemented interactive Flash Movies.
  • Created database Store procedures, functions and packages using PL/SQL and generated data entry forms and reports.
  • Redesigned and developed the company Intranet and interactive database to provide up-to-date technology, enhanced functionality and increased security.
  • Configure camera under LAN, WAN with operating systems like windows XP and VISTA and testing for DHCP and DNS configurations.
  • Assisted DoD Tier Site managers through development and maintenance of sites using ColdFusion, HTML, and SQL

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Top 10 Best States for Junior Programmers

  1. Washington
  2. Virginia
  3. California
  4. District of Columbia
  5. North Carolina
  6. Connecticut
  7. Massachusetts
  8. Rhode Island
  9. Oregon
  10. New York
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Junior Programmer Demographics

Gender

Male

61.1%

Female

27.1%

Unknown

11.8%
Ethnicity

White

51.4%

Asian

17.8%

Hispanic or Latino

16.2%

Black or African American

10.1%

Unknown

4.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

32.5%

French

10.0%

Italian

10.0%

German

7.5%

Chinese

5.0%

Romanian

5.0%

Japanese

5.0%

Mandarin

5.0%

Korean

5.0%

Portuguese

2.5%

Russian

2.5%

Marathi

2.5%

Hindi

2.5%

Cantonese

2.5%

Tamil

2.5%
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Junior Programmer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

8.5%

George Mason University

7.6%

Maharishi University of Management

5.9%

Nova Southeastern University

5.9%

New York University

5.1%

Wayne State University

5.1%

San Jose State University

5.1%

Full Sail University

5.1%

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

5.1%

University of Cincinnati

4.2%

Virginia Commonwealth University

4.2%

Rochester Institute of Technology

4.2%

Texas A&M University

4.2%

State University of New York Stony Brook

4.2%

Florida International University

4.2%

More Tech Institute

4.2%

Quinnipiac University

4.2%

Strayer University

4.2%

Northeastern University

4.2%

Northern Virginia Community College

4.2%
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Majors

Computer Science

39.0%

Business

8.4%

Computer Information Systems

7.6%

Computer Engineering

7.5%

Information Technology

6.7%

Computer Applications

4.9%

Computer Programming

4.2%

Electrical Engineering

3.6%

Information Systems

3.5%

Management Information Systems

3.2%

Mathematics

2.4%

Engineering

1.3%

Management

1.2%

Accounting

1.2%

Education

1.0%

Electrical Engineering Technology

0.9%

Marketing

0.9%

Computer Systems Security

0.9%

Computer Networking

0.9%

Project Management

0.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

49.4%

Masters

22.4%

Other

13.3%

Associate

8.7%

Diploma

3.2%

Certificate

2.0%

Doctorate

0.9%

License

0.1%
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