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Java Developer / Engineer

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

A Java Developer or Engineer designs or improves computer software using the JAVA computer programming language. Oversees the JAVA software application development process. Analyzes customer or user needs, designs programs, writes code or instructs computer programmers, tests design, and documents programs. May assist with upgrades or maintenance.

Job Outlook

There were 3107 Java Developer / Engineer job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 53192 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Software Developer / Engineer industry, which includes the Java Developer / Engineer career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2015:

Salary

Many new Java Developer / Engineer jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $112,311.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $112,305.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Java Developer / Engineer postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $105,372.

Education and Experience

Posted Java Developer / Engineer jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree1.09%
Bachelor's Degree43.93%
Master's Degree9.99%
Doctoral Degree0.65%
Other0.93%

Posted Java Developer / Engineer jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years6.75%
3 to 5 years45.44%
6 to 8 years31.85%
9+ years15.96%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Java Developer / Engineer positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Communication (25.53%)
  • Problem Solving (18.15%)
  • Troubleshooting (Problem Solving) (16.28%)
  • Management (11.92%)
  • Leadership (9.02%)
  • Mentorship (8.4%)
  • Writing (8.32%)
  • Information Technology (6.76%)
  • Innovation (6.72%)
  • Operations (6.59%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Java Full Stack Development (10.68%)
  • Java (Programming Language) (94.89%)
  • Agile Methodology (42.49%)
  • Git (Version Control System) (21.08%)
  • Spring Boot (38.27%)
  • JavaScript (Programming Language) (27.9%)
  • Apache Tomcat (11.46%)
  • Angular (Web Framework) (26.82%)
  • Software Development (25.06%)
  • Application Programming Interface (API) (24%)
  • Amazon Web Services (34.22%)
  • Computer Science (31.09%)
  • Java Platform Enterprise Edition (J2EE) (23.32%)
  • Apache Kafka (17.59%)
  • Java Persistence API (7.85%)
  • Gradle (5.75%)
  • Hibernate (Java) (16.52%)
  • Apache Maven (15.14%)
  • CI/CD (22.19%)
  • Spring Framework (39.02%)
  • Junit (13.14%)
  • Software Engineering (25.27%)
  • Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) (9.51%)
  • RESTful API (29.13%)
  • SQL (Programming Language) (32.69%)
  • Microservices (35.37%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Atlassian Confluence (3.29%)
  • Back End (Software Engineering) (6.05%)
  • Full Stack Development (25.42%)
  • Application Development (12.11%)
  • HyperText Markup Language (HTML) (14.17%)
  • Microsoft Azure (14.62%)
  • Test Automation (7.95%)
  • JIRA (9.56%)
  • Automation (13.11%)
  • Unit Testing (15.48%)
  • Business Requirements (10.35%)
  • Continuous Integration (10.11%)
  • Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) (16.33%)
  • Unix (7.12%)
  • Software Design Patterns (12.61%)
  • Version Control (8.94%)
  • Relational Database Management Systems (7.2%)
  • Code Review (12.39%)
  • Debugging (17.26%)
  • MongoDB (9.17%)
  • Front End (Software Engineering) (13.37%)
  • DevOps (15.19%)
  • MySQL (6.8%)
  • Software Development Life Cycle (12.86%)
  • Relational Databases (10.15%)
  • Linux (9.38%)
  • PostgreSQL (9.48%)
  • Python (Programming Language) (15.27%)
  • Scalability (14.11%)
  • Scrum (Software Development) (16.13%)
  • Project Management (5.78%)
  • Object-Oriented Programming (OOP) (9.16%)
  • OpenShift (3.98%)
  • JSON (10.75%)
  • JQuery (6.79%)
  • Systems Design (5.12%)
  • TypeScript (6.85%)
  • NoSQL (11.53%)
  • Node.js (Javascript Library) (9.2%)
  • Programming Languages (8.43%)
  • Systems Development Life Cycle (7.99%)
  • Web Services (21.14%)
  • Scripting (7.8%)
  • Test-Driven Development (TDD) (10.99%)
  • React.js (Javascript Library) (20.45%)
  • Bitbucket (5.12%)
  • Extensible Markup Language (XML) (10.91%)
  • Kubernetes (19.72%)
  • Docker (Software) (19.06%)
  • Jenkins (19.09%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Spring MVC (5.54%)
  • Spring Batch (3.24%)
  • Enterprise JavaBeans (2.1%)
  • Oracle WebLogic Server (2.51%)
  • JavaServer Pages (6.59%)
  • Eclipse (Software) (6.65%)
  • IBM Websphere Application Server (3.08%)
  • Java Servlet (3.45%)
  • Java Message Service (JMS) (5.61%)
  • WildFly (JBoss AS) (3.63%)
  • IntelliJ IDEA (2.35%)
  • Java Database Connectivity (5.5%)
  • Java Enterprise Edition (4.24%)
  • Apache Struts (3.61%)
  • Mockito (4.33%)
  • Swagger UI (2.19%)
  • Low Latency (2.02%)
  • Object-Relational Mapping (4.09%)
  • SonarQube (2.72%)
  • Java 8 (6.52%)
  • Artifactory (1.85%)

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is listed.

  • Spring Batch (5.35%)
  • Agile Methodology (70.18%)
  • Hibernate (Java) (27.28%)
  • Java Database Connectivity (9.09%)
  • Object-Relational Mapping (6.75%)
  • SonarQube (4.49%)
  • Apache Kafka (29.06%)
  • Artifactory (3.06%)

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Java Developer / Engineer skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Java Developer
  • Full Stack Java Developer
  • Java Engineer
  • Java Software Developer
  • Lead Java Developer
  • Full Stack Java Software Engineer
  • Lead Java Software Engineer
  • Full Stack Java Engineer
  • Java AWS Developer
  • Java Technical Lead

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Java Developer / Engineer jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • JPMorgan Chase (1382)
  • Capital One (1226)
  • Randstad (1130)
  • Cognizant Technology Solutions (912)
  • Motion Recruitment (857)
  • Citigroup (602)
  • Humana (584)
  • Kforce (557)
  • Guidehouse (542)
  • Diverse Lynx (506)

North Carolina

  • Randstad (308)
  • Fidelity Investments (98)
  • Kforce (66)
  • Cognizant Technology Solutions (64)
  • ManpowerGroup (58)
  • Wells Fargo (48)
  • Spectraforce Technologies (47)
  • Charlotte, Nc (43)
  • The Matlen Silver Group (41)
  • Infosys (40)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!