- Obtain a qualification in computer science with a focus on software development. A bachelor’s degree in information technology or software development will fit the bill.
- Secure an internship program while studying. An internship will help you gain relevant experience and mentorships from experienced developers.
- Basic system architecture
- Professional tooling use
- Design patterns, code smells, etc.
- Knowledge of design patterns, refactoring etc.
- A solid understanding of architectural paradigms
- Experience with server deployments and infrastructural maintenance
If you are at this stage, you’re working with a team and an excel by becoming a great team member and learning as much as you can while on the job. Here’s what you should do to become a great team member and move forward in your career:
- Clearly communicate your goals each workday instead of jumping right into technical specifics.
- When working in codebases, which can be quite overwhelming, develop a strategy before touching the code. For example, try breaking down problems into small steps.
- Keep an achievement log that allows you to document what that you’ve learned or complex problems you’ve solved. This log will be something to look back to if you have a slow or disappointing day. It will also help when it's time to revise your resume.
- Join a developer community, which are forums, Facebook groups or websites where you can interact with fellow Java developers to learn more about Java or seek help for a specific problem you are facing. You will also get to contribute to open-source projects and eventually attend conferences. A few Java forums you should visit regularly are StackOverFlow, Oracle Java Forum and Coderanch.
Intermediate developers take junior developer knowledge and skill to the next level, gaining more experience in the process. Some tips that’ll help you in this career point include:
- Joining a high-visibility project to gain experience fast and build a reputation within your company.
- Being ready to pounce on challenges that lie beyond your comfort zone to help build trust, confidence and a reputation.
- Finding a good mentor who can reel you back when needed.
- Continuing to learn and test new ideas and concepts.
- Find the tech stack, the list of all the technology services used to build and run a single application, you want to be skilled with and learn it in depth.
- Have the courage to take on challenging projects offered to you.
- Step outside your comfort zone and work on varied projects — even those outside your expertise.
- Keep track of your growing skills and determine the ones you’d like to expand upon.
- Have a good understanding of design patterns and know what problems each pattern solves.
- Ensure you’re always learning new things at your job. If it becomes stagnant, it may be time to move on.
Keep in mind that this rate varies with experience and by location. Per the BLS, the lowest 10% of web developers earn $39,550, while the highest 10% earn a whopping $142,080.
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