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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

  • $57,524

    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
Software Developer Senior Programmer Analyst
Application Manager
9 Yearsyrs
NET Developer Senior Consultant Business Systems Senior Analyst
Business Systems Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Programmer Senior Software Engineer
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Web Developer Systems Administrator Information Technology Director
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Director Of Technology And Services
11 Yearsyrs
Web Developer Business Analyst Information Technology Manager
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Technical Consultant Network Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Programmer Analyst Systems Analyst Systems Administrator
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Programmer Systems Analyst Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Systems Engineer Software Developer
Lead Software Developer
5 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Analyst Systems Manager MIS Manager
MIS Director
6 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Project Coordinator Estimator Project Manager
Owner/Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Programmer Analyst Project Leader Business Analyst
Product Owner
9 Yearsyrs
Programmer Analyst Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Programmer Senior Programmer Analyst
Senior Programmer Analyst Lead
5 Yearsyrs
Software Developer Engineer Systems Engineer
Systems Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Programmer Lead Technician
Technical Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Engineering Manager Engineering Director
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Programmer Analyst Senior Analyst Assistant Vice President
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Programmer Analyst 3.8 years
Senior Programmer 3.4 years
Lead Programmer 3.1 years
Programmer 2.6 years
Junior Programmer 2.0 years
Java Programmer 1.7 years
Top Careers Before Junior Programmer
Programmer 16.6%
Internship 11.7%
Consultant 5.5%
Trainee 4.9%
Top Careers After Junior Programmer
Programmer 11.4%
Consultant 5.6%
Developer 2.3%

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Junior Programmer Demographics

Gender

Male

67.6%

Female

28.7%

Unknown

3.7%
Ethnicity

White

50.5%

Asian

19.2%

Hispanic or Latino

15.7%

Black or African American

9.5%

Unknown

5.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

31.4%

German

8.6%

French

8.6%

Italian

8.6%

Chinese

5.7%

Romanian

5.7%

Japanese

5.7%

Mandarin

5.7%

Korean

5.7%

Portuguese

2.9%

Marathi

2.9%

Hindi

2.9%

Cantonese

2.9%

Tamil

2.9%
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Junior Programmer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

10.5%

Rochester Institute of Technology

6.6%

New York University

5.3%

Maharishi University of Management

5.3%

Northeastern University

5.3%

Strayer University

5.3%

Nova Southeastern University

5.3%

Stratford University

5.3%

George Mason University

5.3%

State University of New York Stony Brook

5.3%

Wayne State University

5.3%

Arizona State University

3.9%

San Jose State University

3.9%

Florida Institute of Technology-Melbourne

3.9%

Virginia Commonwealth University

3.9%

Southern Connecticut State University

3.9%

Athens State University

3.9%

American University

3.9%

Kennesaw State University

3.9%

Towson University

3.9%
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Majors

Computer Science

37.4%

Business

9.1%

Computer Engineering

7.2%

Information Technology

7.0%

Computer Information Systems

6.5%

Computer Programming

4.8%

Information Systems

4.1%

Management Information Systems

3.7%

Electrical Engineering

3.5%

Computer Applications

3.3%

Mathematics

2.4%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.5%

Education

1.5%

Engineering

1.5%

Accounting

1.5%

Management

1.3%

Computer Networking

1.1%

Project Management

0.9%

Communication

0.9%

Economics

0.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

47.5%

Masters

22.3%

Other

15.0%

Associate

8.1%

Diploma

4.2%

Certificate

1.9%

Doctorate

0.9%
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Real Junior Programmer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Junior Programmer Healthec, LLC Piscataway, NJ Oct 28, 2015 $108,805
Junior Programmer Healthec, LLC Piscataway, NJ May 16, 2016 $108,805
Junior Programmer Shubh Solutions LLC San Diego, CA Mar 16, 2016 $93,000
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 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
JR Programmer Accountants World, LLC Hauppauge, NY Sep 01, 2013 $60,000
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 (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. Database Objects
  2. Pl/Sql
  3. Web
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  • Develop Database objects like table, view, triggers and indexes using Oracle * Plus.
  • Developed PL/SQL Procedures and database triggers for the validation of input data and to implement business rules.
  • Programmed database-driven web based accounting and inventory applications for international oil and gas companies.
  • Developed Web Forms for User Interfaces using ASP.NET and C#.NET using Server Controls, HTML Controls and User Controls.
  • Installed/configured Oracle 10g: use PL-SQL to query complex information in the database to provide total quality assurance.

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