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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

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 Software Developer

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 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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Average Length of Employment
Systems Developer 3.4 years
Software Engineer 3.2 years
Software Architect 3.2 years
Lead Programmer 3.1 years
NET Developer 3.0 years
Internet Developer 2.8 years
Software Developer 2.7 years
Web Site Developer 2.7 years
Media Developer 2.7 years
Software Analyst 2.6 years
Intranet Developer 2.5 years
Lead Developer 2.5 years
Developer Analyst 2.5 years
Solution Developer 2.4 years
C++ Developer 2.4 years
Java Developer 2.3 years
Contract Developer 2.3 years
Developer 2.2 years
Web Developer 2.1 years
PHP Developer 2.1 years
GIS Developer 2.0 years
Java Web Developer 1.8 years
Junior Programmer 1.8 years
J2ee Developer 1.8 years
PHP Web Developer 1.7 years
Java Programmer 1.7 years
Web Page Developer 1.6 years
Junior Developer 1.4 years
Top Employers Before
Internship 16.0%
Trainee 3.7%
Programmer 2.5%
Operator 2.5%
Top Employers After
Developer 4.5%

Junior Software Developer Demographics

Gender

Male

74.2%

Female

22.4%

Unknown

3.4%
Ethnicity

White

58.4%

Asian

25.9%

Hispanic or Latino

9.6%

Unknown

5.2%

Black or African American

1.0%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

20.0%

Russian

15.0%

Chinese

10.0%

Mandarin

10.0%

German

5.0%

Bulgarian

5.0%

Turkish

5.0%

Wolof

5.0%

Cantonese

5.0%

French

5.0%

Hindi

5.0%

Polish

5.0%

Italian

5.0%
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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%

Kent State University

4.7%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

4.7%

State University of New York Stony Brook

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

47.4%

Computer Engineering

11.4%

Information Technology

7.2%

Information Systems

5.9%

Electrical Engineering

5.4%

Computer Applications

4.0%

Engineering

3.5%

Business

3.2%

Computer Information Systems

2.5%

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%

Information Sciences

0.7%

Mathematics And Computer Science

0.7%

Education

0.7%

General Education, Specific Areas

0.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

51.9%

Masters

29.6%

Other

9.9%

Associate

4.3%

Certificate

2.6%

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

Pl/SqlWebApplicationDatabaseDesignJavascriptHtmlC#.NETProceduresUserInterfaceSQLServerCSSWindowsXPXMLJqueryJSPAjaxWebServicesWebPagesManagementSystemAsp.NetMVCClientSideValidations

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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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