Thursday Mar 21, 2013

Wanted: Certified Java Experts

Considering how hot Java is these days, getting Java certified can be a powerful addition to your resume.  With companies highly valuing certification during the hiring process, here are some of the reasons you should consider pursuing one of the most highly recognized and valued credentials in the industry.

So much Java - so few experts.

Java is still the # 1 developer platform in the world. Java is everywhere and it keeps growing, with 97% of enterprise desktops, 115 million TV devices and 3 billion mobile phones now running Java.  Recent surveys given to hiring managers and recruiters have validated the huge demand for skilled developers in the marketplace. More specifically, for skilled Java developers.  

If you're still deciding whether it's worthwhile to earn a Java Certification, here are a few interesting facts about the demand for Java developers - cited from top labor and technical sources:

  • Dice.com: "More than 1 in 5 of the 77,000 jobs posted on Dice contained some mention of the need for Java know-how."
  • Jobstock.com: "The Java development skill set is a highly valued IT skills set in strong demand globally."
  • US Bureau of Labor Statistics: "Employment of software developers is projected to grow 30% from 2010 to 2020."
  • E-Skills: "The top technical skills demanded by employers over the past year include: Java..."

Certification is a differentiator in the job market.

In a 2011 CompTIA survey, 86% of hiring managers indicated that IT certifications are a "medium" to "high" priority during the candidate evaluation process. Keep in mind that certification is not only a validation of the skills you possess; it also demonstrates your dedication to skill development and professional growth - a big plus to a hiring manager.

Java certifications help you develop a well-rounded skill set.

Preparing for a certification not only helps you address knowledge gaps; it helps you become more productive in your job. Certification tests you on a broad range of skills related to a specific technology area. Exam topics are an effective way to brush up on concepts you may have forgotten about or haven't applied in recent years. 

The net result: better coding skills, higher productivity and greater performance.  

Certification can help you advance your career and potentially earn more.

Of the 700 network professionals surveyed by Network World and SolarWinds in 2011, 74% indicated that certifications led to promotions, new jobs or pay raises.  Although earning a Java certification "alone" won't be your magic ticket to wealth and fame, combining it with productive experience shows prospective companies and clients that you're able to put your in-depth knowledge and skills to good use.

The 2013 Salary Guide from Robert Half International also shows that developers with Java expertise earn 9% more than the national average. Furthermore, the 2012 IT Skills and Certification Pay Index from Foote Partners named the Oracle Certified Master, Java Enterprise Architect Certification one of the most profitable certifications in the industry.

Conclusion: it does pay to know Java.

Take the first step; earn a Java Certification from Oracle University.

Java certifications are now available for Java SE 5, Java SE 6, Java SE 7, Java EE 5 and Java EE 6. New certifications will be released soon after the release of Java EE 7. 

View details about Java Certifications through the Oracle University website today. You can also increase your chances of passing your certification exam by investing in a Java Certification Discount Package, which includes a free exam retake – just in case you don’t pass on your first try.

 -Kate, Oracle University Market Development Manager

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