What are the career options for experienced Java developers

Career options for experienced Java developers

Undoubtedly Java is one of the most widely used programming language in the world which has generated career for many programmers. How many Java developers are there in the world? Are you one among the crowd? Did you think what are the career options for experienced Java developers? Do you want to differentiate yourself from the crowd and earn higher salary? In this post we will see some of the career options available for Java programmers to earn high salary.

DevOps Engineer

DevOps is a blend of development, quality assurance(QA) and system operations(build, deploy, configuration management, release management etc.). DevOps is a fast growing opportunity in the IT industry. You should be an all-rounder to be part of a DevOps team who understands and deliver the end to end software life cycle. The salary of a DevOps engineer is more than an usual Java developer. So if you are a Java developer try to understand what skills the QA team brings, and how they work – see if there’s a way for you to help. Also work with sysadmins and get yourself involved in system operations to become a full DevOps engineer.

Android/iOS developer

As the world is moving more and more into mobile space, mobile application development is becoming a hot skill. If you know Java, you can easily become an Android app developer. Once you have learned Android, learning iOS app development is not that hard.

Learn Niche products/platforms/tools

In IT industry, learning a new platform or tool is a luck. Most often you will be working only on the tools used in your project. If you are able to learn new tools or platforms like ATG (ecommerce platform), PEGA (BPM Tool), Guidewire, Amazon AWS etc you can able to get a high paying Job.

BigData/Hadoop developers

BigData is a growing trend. There is a lot of buzz around big data making the world a better place. Big Data and Hadoop are widely used in applications such as healthcare analytics, IT log analytics, card fraud detection, Social media analysis, and Call centre analytics etc. There are great career opportunities available for Hadoop developers. According to the Analytics Industry Report, hadoop professionals get 250% salary hike. Read more on this – 6 Reasons Why Java Developers Should Learn Hadoop.

Learn JVM languages

The Java Virtual Machine (JVM) isn’t just for Java anymore. Several hundred JVM programming languages are available for your projects. Learning other languages in JVM is always an appealing side. The most common or well-known JVM languages are

  • Clojure, a functional Lisp dialect.
  • Groovy, a programming and scripting language.
  • Scala, an object-oriented and functional programming language.
  • JRuby, an implementation of Ruby.
  • Jython, an implementation of Python.
  • Rhino, a JavaScript engine written fully in Java.

Learn Architecture Styles

Once you gained enough experience in programming, you can move on to next level by learning Design patterns and Architecture styles like Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA), REST, CLOUD/SAAS etc. You can become an Enterprise Architect or Java Technical Architect or Principal Engineer whose salary is high in the industry.

Apart from these, you can demand a high salary if you have a recognized technical certification in Java. Below are some of the popular Java Certifications.

  • Oracle Certified Associate, Java SE 8 Programmer (OCAJP/SCJA)
  • Oracle Certified Associate, Java SE 7 Programmer
  • Oracle Certified Associate, Java SE 5/SE 6 Programmer
  • Oracle Certified Professional, Java SE 8 Programmer
  • Oracle Certified Professional, Java SE 7 Programmer
  • Oracle Certified Professional, Java SE 6 Programmer
  • Oracle Certified Expert, Java EE 6 Web Component Developer
  • Oracle Certified Master, Java EE 6 Enterprise Architect

Visit this link to know more about  the above certifications.

That’s all about the career options available for Java developers to leap into the career ladder and earn high salary. If you know any other options or have any comments, post it in the comments section.


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  1. Hi..
    In our college we plan for the in-house software development team for the students. So what are the skill sets required for the students to develop a Java based software applications.

    • Hi,
      It depends on what kind of projects they will be handling. For desktop based applications, Core Java and Swing is enough. For developing web based applications, there will be three layers – 1. Front end(UI), 2. Backend(server) and Databases. So they need to one or more technologies at each layer. For example, UI can be developed using JSP or HTML5 or richfaces etc. For Backend one need to know Core Java,any one Java EE application framework like struts, spring, JSF, servlets etc. For database side they need to know SQL/PLSQL, JDBC, JPA or hibernate.

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