The role of a Java developer is in demand at the moment, so it is the perfect time to consider a job in this field. A Java developer is responsible for the programming and development of software and applications using Java.
Java is a popular programming language, with a reported 9 million developers. It is known for its efficient processing speed in computer games, software and applications for both mobile and desktop.
A Java developer creates user information solutions by developing, implementing and maintaining Java based components and interfaces. They may collaborate with web developers and engineers to integrate Java into business applications, websites and software.
Duties may include:
- Analysing user requirements to define site objectives
- Design and develop user interfaces to internet/intranet applications
- Develop, test, implement and maintain application software
- Conduct software analysis
- Compare advantages and disadvantages of custom development and purchase alternatives, to recommend system solutions
- Take part in software development activities
- Create multimedia applications using authoring tools
- Identify application issues
- Recommend changes to improve established processes
- Researching new technologies and software
- Contributing to team meetings
- Trouble shooting development and production problems across multiple environments and operating platforms
It can be a challenging job and there are certain attributes that a Java developer ideally will possess: Web programming skills, teamwork, verbal communication skills, skilled at learning new computer languages, and the patience to solve problems.
Key technical skills:
- Java based web services
- J2EE framework
- Relational Databases SQL & ORM
- XML, X Query, XSL
- Test-driven development
- Object orientated analysis and design
Qualifications and experience needed:
Applicants without any kind of degree or education can be considered, if they have significant knowledge and experience of programming in Java.
However a professional certification is recommended, and most employers will require applicants to have a degree in computer science, mathematics, information systems or other related field.