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Working As A Junior Software Engineer

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

  • $70,725

    Average Salary

What Does A Junior Software Engineer 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 Engineer

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 Engineer Career Paths

Junior Software Engineer
Web Developer Business Analyst Senior Programmer Analyst
Application Manager
9 Yearsyrs
NET Developer Senior Consultant Senior Manager
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Software Development Manager
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Applications Developer Interactive Developer User Experience Designer
Director Of User Experience
10 Yearsyrs
NET Developer Lead Technician Information Technology Manager
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
Software Developer Technical Consultant Network Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Systems Analyst Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Java Developer Engineer Lead Engineer
Integration Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Web Developer Lead Developer Chief Technology Officer
President & Chief Technology Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Interactive Developer Senior Software Engineer 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 Developer Systems Analyst Systems Manager
Senior Manager-Systems
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Web Developer Senior Software Engineer Senior Project Manager
Senior Technical Program Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Interactive Developer Engineer Sales Engineer
Technical Account Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Java/J2ee Developer Interactive Developer User Experience Designer
User Experience Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Applications Developer Manager Applications Development Application Development Director
Vice President Of Application Development
11 Yearsyrs
Java/J2ee Developer Lead Developer Director Of Software Development
Vice President Of Software Engineering
14 Yearsyrs
Web Developer Development Manager 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
Software Analyst 2.6 years
Top Employers Before
Internship 18.5%
Trainee 3.8%
Programmer 3.8%
Top Employers After
Developer 3.2%
Consultant 2.1%

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Junior Software Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

66.2%

Female

28.1%

Unknown

5.7%
Ethnicity

White

43.5%

Asian

30.2%

Hispanic or Latino

10.7%

Black or African American

8.8%

Unknown

6.7%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

20.7%

French

13.8%

German

6.9%

Arabic

6.9%

Portuguese

3.4%

Hindi

3.4%

Czech

3.4%

Chinese

3.4%

Filipino

3.4%

Vietnamese

3.4%

Marathi

3.4%

Turkish

3.4%

Mandarin

3.4%

Slovak

3.4%

Ukrainian

3.4%

Russian

3.4%

Cantonese

3.4%

Korean

3.4%

Italian

3.4%
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Junior Software Engineer Education

Schools

San Jose State University

9.4%

University of Texas at Dallas

8.3%

University of Central Florida

7.3%

University of Texas at Austin

6.3%

Illinois Institute of Technology

5.2%

Rowan University

5.2%

Northeastern University

5.2%

State University of New York Stony Brook

5.2%

University of Texas at Arlington

4.2%

University of Florida

4.2%

University of West Florida

4.2%

Santa Clara University

4.2%

Strayer University

4.2%

Rochester Institute of Technology

4.2%

Oklahoma State University

4.2%

George Washington University

4.2%

West Virginia University

4.2%

George Mason University

4.2%

Texas A&M University

3.1%

Northwest Missouri State University

3.1%
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Majors

Computer Science

46.5%

Computer Engineering

14.6%

Electrical Engineering

8.2%

Information Technology

7.8%

Computer Applications

3.6%

Computer Information Systems

3.4%

Information Systems

2.5%

Engineering

2.0%

Business

1.8%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.6%

Management Information Systems

1.6%

Physics

1.1%

Computer Programming

0.9%

Information Sciences

0.7%

Mathematics

0.7%

Computer Systems Security

0.7%

Economics

0.7%

Computer Networking

0.7%

Project Management

0.5%

Finance

0.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

53.6%

Masters

32.4%

Other

6.5%

Associate

3.3%

Doctorate

1.9%

Diploma

1.7%

Certificate

0.5%
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Real Junior Software Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
JR. Software Engineer Airbnb, Inc. San Francisco, CA Apr 20, 2016 $160,000
JR. Software Engineer Airbnb, Inc. San Francisco, CA Apr 08, 2016 $150,282
Junior Software Engineer Airbnb, Inc. San Francisco, CA Dec 29, 2016 $144,000
Junior Software Engineer Airbnb, Inc. San Francisco, CA May 26, 2016 $125,000
Junior Software Engineer Airbnb, Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 16, 2016 $125,000
JR. Software Engineer, Infrastructure Airbnb, Inc. San Francisco, CA Apr 11, 2016 $120,000
JR. Software Engineer IBG LLC Greenwich, CT Jan 09, 2016 $120,000 -
$161,000
JR. Software Engineer Vs Solutions, Inc. San Jose, CA Oct 09, 2016 $112,000
Junior Software Engineer Airbnb, Inc. San Francisco, CA Feb 02, 2015 $110,000
JR. Software Engineer-Server Engineering Team Minerva Networks, Inc. CA Nov 02, 2016 $109,762
JR. Software Engineer, Order Routing IBG LLC Greenwich, CT Sep 01, 2015 $105,000 -
$125,000
Junior Software Engineer Richrelevance, Inc. San Francisco, CA Oct 17, 2016 $100,000
Junior Software Engineer Richrelevance, Inc. San Francisco, CA Oct 15, 2015 $100,000
JR Software Engineer Solarcity Corporation San Francisco, CA Jun 09, 2016 $84,500
Junior Software Engineer Nihaki Systems Inc. Woodbridge, NJ Jun 20, 2016 $83,800
Junior Software Engineer QSI Management LLC Solana Beach, CA Sep 14, 2016 $80,287
JR. Software Engineer Kyyba Inc. Farmington Hills, MI Jun 03, 2015 $80,000
Junior Full-Stack Software Engineer Everyfit, Inc. Boston, MA Jun 16, 2016 $80,000
JR. Software Engineer In Test Raise Marketplace Inc. Chicago, IL Sep 15, 2016 $80,000
Junior Software Engineer Wrightspeed, Inc. Alameda, CA Apr 09, 2016 $79,498
Software Engineer Junior Yellowpages.Com LLC Glendale, CA Nov 07, 2016 $71,510
Software Engineer Junior Yellowpages.Com LLC Glendale, CA Aug 06, 2016 $71,510
Software Engineer Junior Yellowpages.Com LLC Glendale, CA May 23, 2016 $71,510
JR. Software Engineer The Optera Group Westminster, CO Sep 13, 2016 $70,500
JR. Software Engineer Capsquare Systems Inc. Troy, MI Sep 12, 2016 $70,500
JR. Software Engineer Optima Tax Relief, LLC Santa Ana, CA Oct 09, 2016 $70,138
JR. Software Engineer Healthfusion, Inc. Solana Beach, CA Mar 09, 2015 $70,000 -
$90,000
Junior Software Engineer IPC Systems Hillsborough, NJ Sep 01, 2015 $70,000

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Top Skills for A Junior Software Engineer

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  1. Company Website
  2. Pl/Sql
  3. Test Plans
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Developed PL/SQL stored procedures for data manipulation and querying data from PL/SQL database.
  • Design test plans, scenarios, scripts, or procedures.
  • Developed system in Micro-service architecture using JSP, HTML5, Bootstrap, JavaScript, MySQL, Hibernate, Apache Web Server.
  • Project 1: Inventory Management and Purchasing System This web application is designed to track purchases and Inventory of the company.
  • Created forms to collect and validate data from the user in HTML5 and ReactJS.

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