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Java Developer / Engineer

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

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 3415 Java Developer / Engineer job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 60054 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 2010:

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 $105,552.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $109,421.

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 $97,111.

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%
Bachelor's Degree79%
Master's Degree16%
Doctoral Degree2%
Other2%

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 years11%
3 to 5 years49%
6 to 8 years27%
9+ years12%

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 Skills (32%)
  • Problem Solving (20%)
  • Teamwork / Collaboration (20%)
  • Writing (14%)
  • Troubleshooting (10%)

Defining Skills

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

  • Java (87%)
  • SQL (36%)
  • JavaScript (31%)
  • Software Development (30%)
  • Spring Boot (24%)

Necessary Skills

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

  • Git (19%)
  • Software Engineering (16%)
  • Scrum (14%)
  • Extensible Markup Language (XML) (13%)
  • DevOps (12%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • JDBC (7%)
  • Oracle PL/SQL (6%)
  • MongoDB (6%)
  • IBM WEBSPHERE (6%)
  • Java Message Service (JMS) (6%)

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
  • Junior Java Developer
  • Entry Level Java Developer

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

  • Deloitte (810)
  • JP Morgan Chase Company (755)
  • Penguin Random House (391)
  • Accenture (372)
  • Humana (344)

North Carolina

  • IBM (51)
  • Cynet Systems (36)
  • Infosys (33)
  • Atyeti (29)
  • DigiPulse Technologies (29)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

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