A junior software engineer designs codes for new software and also modifies current software. They are responsible for correcting defects and debugging software. They also recommend changes to existing software, as well as develop ideas for implementing future software. A junior software engineer must be able to keep up with rapidly changing computer technology. They must be proficient in Java-based applications, as well as work with a team of other engineers and/or information technology (IT) professionals. Junior software engineers must be able to do custom development, integrate older tools and technologies, and continuously build their own skills. They must be able to research and analyze existing programs and assist in preparing documentation for work assignments. They also conduct regular quality assurance activities such as a peer review and during meetings.
Junior software engineers typically need a bachelor’s degree in computer science, mathematics, or a related field. However, many organizations will substitute education for substantial experience in programming languages, operating systems, and software.
Junior Software Engineer Tasks
- Work closely with the team, and report clearly and accurately to management.
- Troubleshoot, test and validate software issues; resolve issues with due urgency and maintain thorough documentation of all software solutions.
- Perform engineering level tests to find defects; troubleshoot and debug development and production issues.
- Assist with research and develop; design software systems and applications.