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Associate/Junior Developer

What is an Associate/Junior Developer?

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).

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Foundational Skills

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

Occupational Skills

Software Development Best Practices

Understands software assurance best practices and their use in software development.

Novice Level
  •  Uses version control
Emerging Level
  • 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)

Proficient Level
  • Troubleshoots and effectively resolves basic to moderate infrastructure issues with confirmation from the customer that the issue has been resolved

Core Coding Languages

Develops simple frontend, backend and/or mobile applications utilizing core coding languages (e.g., Java, C#, Objective C, JavaScript, Swift) on a development platform; integrates data storage (including SQL), libraries, methods, interfaces, and objects and uses code analysis and debugging techniques; web developers need to be able to integrate HTML, CSS, web services (including REST), and a web framework (such as Angular or Spring MVC) into applications.

Novice Level
  • Codes simple software tasks or routines in support of software development work

  • May create simple web pages

  • Able to create and execute unit tests

Emerging Level
  • Develops prototypes that can be used by a supervisor or senior software developer

  • Contributes to research and development processes

  • Creates applications leveraging object-oriented techniques that can be reliably used by a customer in production
  • Integrates data storage (including SQL), libraries, interfaces, and objects

Web Development

Understands commonly used web development languages such as AJAX, XML, HTML 5,and JavaScript.

Novice Level
  • Describes and uses the web development language of HTML

  • Builds an application using HTML, JavaScript, and JSON/XML

Emerging Level
  • Builds an application using HTML, JavaScript, and JSON/XML

  • Uses at least one Common framework (e.g., Twitter Bootstrap, Angular, React.js, or Spring MVC, Vue.js.)

General Database

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.

Novice Level
  • 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)

Emerging Level
  • Designs document, relational, or other schema (tables, stored procedures, etc.) components

  • Performs SQL CRUD operations with at least one database management software application

Software Development Tools

Utilizes an IDE (Integrated Development Environment) (e.g., Visual Studio) and a source control system such as TFS or GitLab.

Novice Level
  • 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

Emerging Level
  • 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

Design & Implementation

Assists customers in the gathering of requirements, and designs, implements, and supports simple technology solutions to existing business problems.

Novice Level
  • Describes a software development life cycle (SDLC)

Emerging Level
  • Assists customers to elicit and document customer requirements


Associate/Junior Developer

The pathway below represents an example career pathway in the ever-changing Digital Innovation Economy.

Associate / Junior Developer

IT Specialist

software engineer / developer

Technical Lead

quality assurance

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Experience + Training

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