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

Comments:

Will this exam help me to develop android application too?

Posted by Akhaumere on March 22, 2013 at 04:33 PM PDT #

Oracle University's training that will prepare you for this exam will help you to some degree. Since the Android APIs are written in Java, what you learn about basic Java syntax and techniques are transferable. But to actually build an application, you would need to learn the Android APIs included with Google's Android SDK.

Posted by Kate on April 17, 2013 at 03:05 PM PDT #

What would be the basic level of certification that is in demand by the industry at this time? As someone that has been a DBA (Teradata) for many years I'm looking to expand my skill base with Java but I'm unsure of where to start?

Posted by Martin on May 14, 2013 at 12:56 PM PDT #

Martin - We would suggest starting with the Java SE 7 Oracle Certified Associate exam: http://education.oracle.com/pls/web_prod-plq-dad/db_pages.getpage?page_id=504 which is a pre-req for the Java SE 7 Oracle Certified Professional Exam: http://education.oracle.com/pls/web_prod-plq-dad/db_pages.getpage?page_id=458&get_params=p_track_id:JSE7Prog. The OCP level exam is the most popular exam we offer for Java.

If you have some Java SE 6 experience, these exams are also available for that version of Java.

Posted by kate on May 14, 2013 at 02:42 PM PDT #

Thanks Kate.

Not related to Java but still related to certification:

Would you recommend someone with my experience (many years Teradata DBA, certified Teradata Master V2R5) who wishes to get Oracle certified study for the 'Oracle 11g Certified Database Administrators Associate' as an initial starting point. At this time I zero experience with Oracle.

Thanks again for your help.

Posted by Martin on May 15, 2013 at 06:52 AM PDT #

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