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Java Developer

Use expert knowledge of computer science and specialisation in Java programming to develop software for a range of applications.

What's it like to be a Java Developer?

A Java Developer is a Software Developer who specialises in the design, testing and implementation of software using the Java programming language. Although the name is similar, Java should not be confused with JavaScript, a distinctly different programming language.

Tasks and duties

  • Gathering project requirements by liaising with clients and stakeholders.
  • Analysing project requirements and designing solutions and features.
  • Using computer software and hardware to write and modify programming code.
  • Modifying and documenting the program code to correct errors.
  • Solving problems using logic and methodical testing processes.
  • Developing testing and validation processes.
  • Deploying code to the live environment.
Java is one of the oldest programming languages still in wide use and is commonly used in the development of apps, most notably for the Android platform.
Java Developers commonly work to a process known as the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC), which contains six stages: analysis, design, development and testing, implementation, documentation, and evaluation.
Java Developers interact with computers daily, and work in teams at large companies where new software is created, at digital agencies or within the IT department of a business. Like other Software Developers, they may also work freelance on a contractual basis.

What can I earn as a Java Developer?

The most common salary  for a Java Developer is between $100k and $120k
Source: SEEK job ads and SEEK Profile data

How to become a Java Developer

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It is possible to work as a Java Developer without formal qualifications, however many employers prefer individuals to have qualifications in the field of computer science.
  1. Complete a qualification in Computer Science with a focus on software development. This could be a Diploma of Information Technology (ICT50115) or Bachelor degree majoring in Software Development.
  2. Look to secure a placement in an internship program while studying. This will provide you with relevant experience as well as guidance and mentorship from experienced Software Developers.
  3. Complete an online or in-person course specialising in Java. Boot camp style “coding camps” are good ways to develop your specialisation in Java.

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What skills are employers looking for?

Employers want:

  • Web savviness
  • Software development
  • Design
  • Performance testing
  • Written skills
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How do Java Developers rate their role?

Latest reviews from 11 Java Developers surveyed on SEEK

Latest reviews

4 out of 5Nov 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Science
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Java Development
The good things
I used the latest technologies in the team that keeps you competitive in the market. It is a friendly environment where you can go and talk to senior managers if you want to. Gives you a good work li...
The challenges
Keep yourself upto date with technologies otherwise it may be a struggle to cope, which is actually again a good thing.
4 out of 5Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Graduate Diploma of Management
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Web Services
The good things
The good thing about being a java developer is that you will always be learning. API's and best practices are constantly changing so you'll need to be able to learn and usually only by information yo...
The challenges
This role is becoming narrower over time as business logic is now decided by business analysts and testing driven by test teams. There is a general drive to dumb down this role so no mistakes can be ...
5 out of 5Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
College degree
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
E-commerce
The good things
I’m a team leader for charging platform structures and automation testing, CI CD with Jenkins, dockerise app and deploy app by kubernetes as a micro service.
The challenges
Quick deliver high quality code to production environment in agile development model, we have used Cucumber to design integration testing and regression testing, upgrades or scales system with kuberne...
5 out of 5Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Science
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Travelling Industry
The good things
It’s highly in demand as many backend systems are written in Java and it plays well with Micro Servie architecture.
The challenges
It can be very overwhelming because of number of APIs and technologies available in Java world
5 out of 5Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Information Systems
Experience
10+ years
Specialisation
Enterprise resource planning
The good things
Everyday you have a different problem to solve, most of the time you have to learn something new and it is exciting. Never bored!
The challenges
Few times I had to solve problems with no time and with no clue how to do that and the bosses sometimes don’t understand and they don’t help you when they put pressure on you or don’t let you concent...
5 out of 5Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
bachelor of science
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
software engineering
The good things
development in an ease enviornment, using a wide variety of tools and platforms
The challenges
learn a lot of useless things while waste plenty of time.
5 out of 5Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Information Systems
Experience
Less than a year
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Emergency services
The good things
This is a good workplace. Extremely service oriented. But few political alignments of employers bring a type of negative culture. But goodness supersedes shortcomings
The challenges
Job security is the primary challenge
4 out of 5Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Science
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Software development
The good things
If you like to work on different projects and constantly being challenged then working as a contractor will be a good fit for you. It’s a nice way to keep you up to date with the market and latest tec...
The challenges
The challenge with software development as a contractor is trying to keep up to date with the emerging technologies so you can keep yourself relevant in this dynamic market.
5 out of 5Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of IT
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Information Technology
The good things
It's very good, and work life balanced
The challenges
It's good technology to know
5 out of 5Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Engineering (Electronic)
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Software Engineering
The good things
Variety of tasks Good learning opportunities
The challenges
Balancing hands on with scrum duties
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What are the job opportunities for Java Developers?

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Job opportunities

Java Developer jobs on SEEK
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Projected job growth

National increase over next 5 years
21%
2018
2023
Source: LMIP. Software and Applications Programmers
Latest Java Developer jobs on SEEK
Huxley Associates
Sydney > CBD, Inner West & Eastern Suburbs
Mid to Senior level - Long term contract - Leading financial services client - Sydney CBD - $700-800pd
Private Advertiser
Sydney > CBD, Inner West & Eastern Suburbs
Senior Java Developer to work with a large global FinTech trading business
Infopeople
Sydney > CBD, Inner West & Eastern Suburbs
Our client is a NSW Government Agency who are seeking a strong Java/J2EE Developer for a 6 month rolling contract position based in Sydney.
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Transaction Network Services
Adelaide
Working within the execute / delivery phase of TNS’ (SDLC) to develop software which meets or exceeds the company’s quality and performance standards.
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