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.
Uses version control.
Describes multiple vulnerabilities and how to prevent them when designing applications (e.g., encryption, SQL injection,
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)
Troubleshoots and effectively resolves basic to moderate infrastructure issues with confirmation from the customer that the issue has been resolved.
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/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, methods, 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
To be an Associate/Junior Developer, you need boot camp or coding academy for most employers, with some employers requiring an associates or Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Information Science or related field. Other preferred and/or required certifications for an Associate/Junior Developer include: CIO Certifications, Certified Associate in PM, Project Management, (CAPM) – Entry Professional (PMP), Information Technology Infrastructure Library (entry level).
Below is a list of TechPoint programs and our partner programs in Indiana that offer experiences to develop digital skills for an Associate/Junior Developer. These include certificate and degree attainment, internship programs, and mentorship to help you prepare for a career in tech.
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Here are the TechPoint programs and partner organizations for K-12 students to get training and experience in this field.
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Here are the TechPoint programs and partner organizations for career changers to get training and experience in this field.