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What is a Java Developer?

Java is a widely-used – and one of the most popular – programming language used to create applications on websites, in video games, and in various software applications.

A Java Developer is a developer who specialises in using Java to design and build Java-based applications. They often work alongside software engineers and web developers in order to integrate their code into a larger project.


What should be included in a Java Developer job description?

Java Developers are primarily responsible for programming and building Java-based products or solutions. However, they may also be responsible for:

  • Being actively involved in the product development lifecycle
  • Testing and debugging new applications and/or code
  • Creating and maintaining technical documents
  • Enduring design meets project requirements
  • Maintaining and updating existing code/applications

What skills and qualifications should a Java Developer have?

While a tertiary education in software development, mathematics, or computer science is recommended, it is not required. Instead, candidates should be able to demonstrate:

  • Experience working with Java, JavaScript, Java applets, servlets, and JavaBeans
  • Experience working with Java frameworks
  • Knowledge of HTML5, and CSS3
  • Understanding of relational databases; SQL/NoSQL and ORM

Soft skills should include:

  • Problem solving
  • Critical thinking
  • Attention to detail
  • Communication
  • Project management
  • Translating technical concepts to non-tech clients

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