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Working As A Junior Software Developer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Mostly Sitting

  • $69,256

    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.

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 Software 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 Software Developer Career Paths

Junior Software Developer
NET Developer Lead Technician Senior Manager
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Software Developer Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Front End Developer User Experience Designer User Experience Manager
Director Of User Experience
10 Yearsyrs
Interactive Developer Engineer Information Technology Manager
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
Web Developer Systems Analyst
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Programmer Analyst Senior Business Analyst Implementation Manager
Integration Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Software Developer Systems Analyst Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
NET Developer Senior Consultant Chief Technology Officer
President & Chief Technology Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Java Developer Senior Consultant Senior Product Manager
Principal Product Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Web Developer Senior Software Engineer Business Analyst
Product Owner
9 Yearsyrs
Java Developer Lead Developer Development Manager
Senior Development Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Senior Technical Program Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Interactive Developer User Experience Designer User Experience Architect
User Experience Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Java/J2ee Developer Senior Programmer Analyst Manager Applications Development
Vice President Of Application Development
11 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Engineer Engineering Manager
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Front End Developer Lead Developer Director Of Software Development
Vice President Of Software Engineering
14 Yearsyrs
Programmer Analyst Software Consultant Director Of Software Development
Vice President, Software Development
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Software Engineer 3.0 years
Software Developer 2.6 years
Lead Developer 2.5 years
Developer 2.2 years
Junior Developer 1.4 years
Top Employers Before
Internship 15.0%
Trainee 3.8%
Programmer 2.5%
Top Employers After
Developer 4.5%

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Junior Software Developer Demographics

Gender

Male

74.1%

Female

22.3%

Unknown

3.6%
Ethnicity

White

45.3%

Asian

25.9%

Hispanic or Latino

13.5%

Black or African American

8.7%

Unknown

6.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

25.0%

Russian

18.8%

Chinese

12.5%

Bulgarian

6.3%

Turkish

6.3%

German

6.3%

Mandarin

6.3%

Hindi

6.3%

Polish

6.3%

Italian

6.3%
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Junior Software Developer Education

Schools

San Jose State University

7.8%

University of Phoenix

7.8%

University of Washington

6.3%

Florida Atlantic University

6.3%

Rochester Institute of Technology

6.3%

University of Houston

6.3%

Lamar University

6.3%

University of Maryland - University College

4.7%

University of North Dakota

4.7%

Towson University

4.7%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

4.7%

Kent State University

4.7%

University of California - Irvine

4.7%

State University of New York at Binghamton

4.7%

Baker College

4.7%

Syracuse University

3.1%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.1%

ECPI University

3.1%

University of Houston - Clear Lake

3.1%

Stanford University

3.1%
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Majors

Computer Science

47.3%

Computer Engineering

11.0%

Information Technology

7.4%

Information Systems

6.1%

Electrical Engineering

5.1%

Computer Applications

3.7%

Business

3.4%

Engineering

3.4%

Computer Information Systems

2.9%

Management Information Systems

1.2%

Management

1.0%

Mathematics

1.0%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.0%

Physics

1.0%

Computer Programming

1.0%

Finance

0.7%

Photography

0.7%

Information Sciences

0.7%

Mathematics And Computer Science

0.7%

General Education, Specific Areas

0.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

51.5%

Masters

30.1%

Other

10.0%

Associate

4.5%

Certificate

2.1%

Doctorate

1.1%

Diploma

0.6%
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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 -
$115,000
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 Software Developer Advise Technologies LLC New York, NY Sep 08, 2015 $73,500 -
$83,500
Junior Rails Software Developer Evacuation Complete LLC New York, NY Sep 11, 2015 $73,445 -
$78,000
JR. Software Developer MNK Infotech Inc. Houston, TX Aug 31, 2016 $72,000
JR. Software Developer Versatech Inc. Washington, DC Dec 26, 2016 $72,000
Junior Software Developer EZE Castle Software, LLC, An EZE Software Group Company Boston, MA Aug 26, 2015 $71,802
Junior Software Developer EZE Castle Software, LLC, An EZE Software Group Company Boston, MA Sep 01, 2015 $71,802 -
$81,600
Junior Software Developer (Back-End) Spokeo, Inc. Pasadena, CA Aug 20, 2016 $71,510 -
$113,500
Junior Technical Consultant/Erp Software Developer Computer Business Solutions, Inc. Plano, TX Sep 07, 2015 $64,418 -
$75,000
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 Visanow.Com, Inc. Chicago, IL Dec 08, 2016 $60,000 -
$70,000
Junior Software Developer JK Moving and Storage, Inc. Sterling, VA Sep 24, 2015 $60,000
JR. Software Developer MNK Infotech Inc. Irving, TX Jul 28, 2015 $60,000

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Top Skills for A Junior Software Developer

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  1. Web
  2. Pl/Sql
  3. Database
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  • Worked with image processing applications to achieve desired effects for company websites.
  • Worked on the performance tuning part, as most of our applications have issues with the PL/SQL stored procedures.
  • Developed and maintained applications and databases by evaluating client needs; analyzing requirements; developing software systems.
  • Developed a single page, mobile-first, cross-device/cross-browser web application for real-time location sharing utilizing AngularJS, JavaScript API.
  • Involved in integration with payment gateway sites Environment: PHP, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, MySQL, Eclipse IDE

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