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Java developer job description

10 November 2023, by Josh Nel

When scaling your team, finding the right Java developer can be a challenge. A poor hiring decision can lead to setbacks, low-quality code, and wasted time. To ensure the right developers are applying for your role, we unpack what you need to include in a Java developer job description and the most important Java job requirements.


Java developer job description

A well-crafted Java developer job description is a key first step to ensure that the right people are applying for the role. Your job description should include the following information:

  • The position name
  • Your company’s name
  • The roles’ key responsibilities
  • Minimum experience and qualifications for the position, and
  • Key benefits you’re offering as part of your compensation package

When creating a job description, setting up a role scorecard can help you identify the essential skills and responsibilities for the position.

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Java developer roles and responsibilities

Before deciding on the specific responsibilities for a Java developer, it is important to understand the core skills to look out for when looking to hire top Java developers:

  • Strong understanding of the Java programming language and its ecosystem.
  • Object-oriented programming, data structures, and algorithms.
  • Popular Java web frameworks such as Spring Boot, Hibernate, and JSF.
  • Java development tools such as Eclipse, IntelliJ IDEA, and Apache Maven.
  • Relational databases, including MySQL and PostgreSQL.
  • Knowledge of version control, using Git and Bitbucket.
  • Familiarity with Agile development methodologies.
  • The Java SE (Standard Edition) platform.
  • Developing and deploying applications in a cloud-based environment like AWS, Azure, or GCP.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at the most common Java developer roles and responsibilities:

  • Design, develop, and maintain Java-based applications, ensuring they meet functional and performance requirements.
  • Collaborate with product managers, business analysts, and other stakeholders to gather and analyse software requirements.
  • Write clean, maintainable, and efficient code, following best practices and coding standards.
  • Troubleshoot and debug software defects and implement solutions to resolve them.
  • Optimize and enhance the performance of existing applications.
  • Participate in code reviews to ensure code quality and adherence to coding standards.
  • Create and maintain technical documentation.
  • Stay up-to-date with industry trends and technologies, continuously improving your skills and knowledge.
  • Work on multiple projects simultaneously and meet project deadlines.
  • Provide support to end-users and resolve technical issues as needed.

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