They say, "Coding is easy to learn but hard to master." As with many things in this life, Java is a fun and relatively easy programming language to get into. But what may be really difficult is to become an expert in what you do. You may work for your first, second, or third year after completing the course and think you're already a high-skilled programmer. However, you still haven't gotten a promotion and may feel a bit frustrated from time to time. This brief article will shed light on what you can do about that.
What's It Like to Work as a Junior Java DeveloperAfter completing the course or graduating the college, the most straightforward path is to start working as a Junior developer at a software company. There, your learning path will continue since you're going to acquire practical Knowledge as mad, and your skills will improve daily. Most likely, you'll do a lot of stand-ups and have meetings about any issues besides just coding. Also, note that Junior developers are often tied to Senior developers and other team members to complete projects. In brief, a Junior Java developer's job duties include:
- Writing codes (both those that meet industry standards and documenting codes for other developers to understand).
- Communication with product managers about new, cool features to add to products.
- Working with designers to create mockups of app interfaces.
- Debugging codes that contain errors.
- Troubleshooting in existing applications.
- Conducting tests to ensure that apps function well.
- Installation of apps on servers and maintaining them.
- Analyzing data to determine whether the product is profitable.
- A solid understanding of the Java language and its features.
- Familiarity with frameworks and libraries like Java Enterprise Edition, Hibernate, Spring, and Apache.
- Knowledge of databases.
- Analytical thinking.
- Strong communication skills.
Salary and OutlookOf course, Junior Java developers' salaries vary depending on their level of education, practical experience, and the type of company they work for. But, the median annual wage makes approximately $73,952 per year (about $35.55/hour). Also, you may expect additional compensation in the form of bonuses. If we compare this salary to the revenue of Middle Java developers, the number will be significantly higher — $105,000 per year or $50.48 per hour. Sounds quite tempting, agree? Yet, it's not only about money. You'll get involved in much more exciting and challenging projects as a Middle Java developer. Additionally, middles typically have more freedom when choosing projects to work on.
Who is Middle Java Developers, and What Are Their Responsibilities/Duties?A Mid-level Java developer is a programmer who has already spent about 2-5 years in IT and has experience in this field. During this time, an uncertain "green" coder will likely have grown into a fully-functional programmer who can write their code and come up with solutions without turning to seniors for supervision and help. Mid-level developers typically are the specialists who do the central part of programming work on the projects (i.e., write the main part of the code base). In more detail, the most common responsibilities of a Middle Java Developer are:
- Writing and maintaining the code.
- Analyzing and implementing the best coding practices into the project code.
- Analyzing the requirements of the project and adapting the code to them.
- Revision of those areas in current projects that need improvement.
- Executing tests.
- Implementing quality assurance procedures.
- Analyzing the needs of designers, QA testers, and other specialists involved in the projects.
- Cooperation with other developers.
- Documenting every part of the development process.
- At least 2-3 years of experience as a Java developer.
- At least several different software projects.
- Ability to write high-efficient and easily-testable code.
- Ability to conduct software analysis, testing, and debugging.
- Ability to design, program, implement and maintain Java apps without supervision.
- Ability to program high-volume and low-latency systems for extensive scaling.
- Solid Knowledge of the frameworks like Maven, Gradle, Spring, Hibernate, Spring Boot).
- Solid Knowledge of tools for unit testing like JUnit, Mockito, etc.
- Readiness to be involved in all phases of the project lifecycle.
- Desire to come up with alternative approaches.
- Good soft skills and ability to communicate with both technical and non-technical customers.