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Become A Junior Software Developer

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Working As A Junior Software 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

  • $69,045

    Average Salary

What Does A Junior Software 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.


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 Software Developer

Software developers usually have a bachelor’s degree in computer science and strong computer programming skills.


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.


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 Software Developer Career Paths

Junior Software Developer
Interactive Developer Senior Java Developer Senior Consultant
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Systems Administrator
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
NET Developer Sharepoint Developer Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Java/J2ee Developer Lead Technician Information Technology Specialist
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Senior Software Engineer
Lead Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Software Developer Senior Software Engineer
Lead Technician
6 Yearsyrs
Web Developer Applications Developer Senior Software Engineer
Principal Software Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
NET Developer Lead Developer Business Analyst
Product Owner
9 Yearsyrs
Java Developer Lead Technician Business Analyst
Quality Assurance Lead
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Quality Assurance Lead
Quality Assurance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Interactive Developer Senior Web Developer Senior Software Engineer
Senior .NET Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Front End Developer Freelance Web Developer Senior Software Engineer
Senior ETL Developer
5 Yearsyrs
Java Developer Interactive Developer
Senior Front End Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Systems Analyst Senior Software Engineer
Senior Java Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Programmer Analyst Systems Analyst
Senior Programmer Analyst
7 Yearsyrs
Programmer Analyst Quality Assurance Analyst
Senior Quality Assurance Analyst
6 Yearsyrs
Front End Developer Senior Web Developer Senior Software Engineer
Senior Quality Assurance Engineer
7 Yearsyrs
Java/J2ee Developer Engineer Quality Assurance Engineer
Senior Quality Assurance Tester
6 Yearsyrs
Software Developer Applications Developer
Senior Software Engineer
6 Yearsyrs
Web Developer Interactive Developer
Senior Web Developer
6 Yearsyrs
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Junior Software Developer Demographics


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  • White

  • Asian

  • Hispanic or Latino

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Russian

  • Chinese

  • Mandarin

  • German

  • Bulgarian

  • Turkish

  • Wolof

  • Cantonese

  • French

  • Hindi

  • Polish

  • Italian

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Real Junior Software Developer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Junior Software Developer Tower Research Capital LLC New York, NY Jan 09, 2016 $135,000
Junior Software Developer Fixstream Networks, Inc. San Jose, CA Feb 11, 2015 $110,000
Junior Software Developer, Applications Anvato, Inc. Mountain View, CA Sep 16, 2016 $105,000
Junior Software Developer Fidelis Corporation Schaumburg, IL Jul 01, 2015 $103,626
Junior Software Developer Flextrade Systems Inc. Great Neck, NY Oct 17, 2016 $95,000
JR. Software Developer Interactive Brokers LLC Greenwich, CT Sep 27, 2015 $95,000 -
JR. Software Developer Xamarin, Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 17, 2016 $90,000
JR. Software Developer Atlas Informatics Corporation Seattle, WA May 08, 2016 $90,000
JR. Software Developer Open Access Technology International, Inc. Minneapolis, MN Jan 07, 2015 $87,550
Junior Software Developer Camin Cargo Control Inc. Linden, NJ Jul 14, 2016 $87,298
Junior Software Developer Randstad Technologies, LP Phoenix, AZ Sep 12, 2015 $80,000
JR. Software Developer Customer Care Inc. San Ramon, CA Aug 09, 2015 $80,000
Junior Software Developer Merge Healthcare Solutions, Inc. San Diego, CA Aug 20, 2016 $78,509
Junior Software Developer Power Advocate, Inc. Boston, MA Jul 15, 2016 $78,000
Junior Rails Software Developer Evacuation Complete LLC New York, NY Sep 11, 2015 $73,445 -
JR. Software Developer Versatech Inc. Washington, DC Dec 26, 2016 $72,000
JR. Software Developer MNK Infotech Inc. Houston, TX Aug 31, 2016 $72,000
Junior Software Developer EZE Castle Software, LLC, An EZE Software Group Company Boston, MA Sep 01, 2015 $71,802 -
Junior Software Developer EZE Castle Software, LLC, An EZE Software Group Company Boston, MA Aug 26, 2015 $71,802 -
Junior Software Developer Balatarin, LLC. Marina del Rey, CA Sep 14, 2016 $71,510
Junior Software Developer (Back-End) Spokeo, Inc. Pasadena, CA Aug 20, 2016 $71,510 -
Junior Software Developer-Client Server Novara Geosolutions, LLC Norwell, MA Aug 29, 2016 $63,549
Junior Software Developer Hyland Software, Inc. Westlake, OH Aug 23, 2016 $63,440
JR. Software Developer Open Access Technology International, Inc. Minneapolis, MN Jan 06, 2016 $63,140
JR. Software Developer MNK Infotech Inc. Irving, TX Jul 28, 2015 $60,000
JR Software Developer Visanow.Com, Inc. Chicago, IL Dec 08, 2016 $60,000 -
Junior Software Developer Restaurant Application Development International LLC Oak Brook, IL Sep 09, 2016 $60,000
JR. Software Developer MNK Infotech Inc. Atlanta, GA Aug 31, 2016 $60,000

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Top Skills for A Junior Software Developer


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Top Junior Software Developer Skills

  1. Pl/Sql
  2. Web Application
  3. Database Design
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Developed PL/SQL stored procedures that can save, retrieve and update user configuration settings.
  • Web Application Developed using Web Technologies 2.0.
  • Involved in database design and implementation.
  • Used JavaScript for client side validation controls.
  • Proofread newly written web pages and fix the HTML code on mistakes.

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