Under the direction of a developer, Associate/Junior Developers are heavily involved in programming by implementing simple code or modifying established applications. They may be responsible for responding to client support requests by investigating, analyzing, debugging, and rectifying simple issues. They gather user needs to develop and maintain software solutions and work within a team to design and complete projects.
Associate/Junior Developers can expect to make an average salary of $72,900 annually (or $74,400 in total compensation package). The highest earners for this role can expect to see around $79,800 annually (or $82,500 in total compensation).
*Current as of December 2022.
Verbal and Written Communication, Emotional Intelligence, Problem Solving/Decision Making, Leadership, Initiative, Detail Orientation, Time Management, Listening, Read and Understand Logic, Collaborative and Teamwork, Risk Taking, Mentorship
Understands software assurance best practices and their use in software development.
Describes multiple vulnerabilities and how to prevent them when designing applications (e.g., encryption, SQL injection, CAPTCHA)
Describes object- oriented principles such as encapsulation or polymorphism
Describes the value of a design pattern
Manages version control (e.g., branching, merging)
Participates in code reviews and implements techniques to prevent vulnerabilities (e.g., encryption, CAPTCHA)
Codes simple software tasks or routines in support of software development work
May create simple web pages
Able to create and execute unit tests
Develops prototypes that can be used by a supervisor or senior software developer
Contributes to research and development processes
Integrates data storage (including SQL), libraries, interfaces, and objects
Describes and uses the web development language of HTML
Uses at least one Common framework (e.g., Twitter Bootstrap, Angular, React.js, or Spring MVC, Vue.js.)
Uses SQL basics (e.g., selecting, inserting, updating, deleting records), at least one database management software application, and database fundamentals such as normalization, schemas, and relationships.
Describes CRUD operations and at least one type of database (e.g. document, relational)
Uses database concept (e.g., tables, columns, rows, schema, relationships, indexes)
Designs document, relational, or other schema (tables, stored procedures, etc.) components
Performs SQL CRUD operations with at least one database management software application
Utilizes an IDE (Integrated Development Environment) (e.g., Visual Studio) and a source control system such as TFS or GitLab.
Utilizes an IDE to write code, perform version control, and debug simple software issues
Able to use a source control system such as TFS or GitLab
Debugs more complex software issues. Incorporates libraries and frameworks into base code solutions
Utilizes available features inside IDE such as unit testing automation and environment management
Assists customers in the gathering of requirements, and designs, implements, and supports simple technology solutions to existing business problems.
Describes a software development life cycle (SDLC)
Assists customers to elicit and document customer requirements
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