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


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 #

hi this is pradeep,pursuing engineering degree in computer science. i want to know about java certification details such as fees,syllabus,how can i apply.please help me.
thank u.
e mail:pradeep9106@gmail.com

Posted by pradeep on October 06, 2014 at 07:24 PM PDT #

Hi Pradeep,

Here is a link where you can view our Java SE certification paths:

Recommend that you first look at our Oracle Certified Associate certification credential for Java SE 7:

If you click on the exam and then view exam details, you can review the exam objectives. The price is also listed on this page.

Please let us know if you have any further questions.

Thank you,

Posted by guest on October 22, 2014 at 08:16 AM PDT #


I see that there is Sun Java Certification and Oracle Java Certification? Are they different?

I see that there are Associate level, Programmer level, and Developer level. Do I need to take the exams for each one of them (one by one)? Or can I just take the upper level?

I'm in New York. Can you recommend any book or resource where I can find and study on my own?


Posted by guest on January 25, 2016 at 09:22 AM PST #


I see that there is Sun Java Certification and Oracle Java Certification? Are they different?

I see that there are Associate level, Programmer level, and Developer level. Do I need to take the exams for each one of them (one by one)? Or can I just take the upper level?

I'm in New York. Can you recommend any book or resource where I can find and study on my own?


Posted by guest on January 25, 2016 at 09:23 AM PST #

All Java Certifications are now Oracle certifications. The Sun-branded credentials were the Java certifications that were issued before Oracle acquired Sun. The credentials you'd be pursuing now are all Oracle credentials. If you're pursuing SE 7 or SE 8 Java Programmer, you'll need to start with OCA and move up to OCP.

There is recommended training listed on each exam page and you can find helpful books through Oracle Press Books http://community.oraclepressbooks.com/. You can visit our website at certification.oracle.com and use the certification finder at the bottom of the page to select the certification you wish to pursue (I recommend Java SE 7 or 8 OCA). Click on the link and you'll be taken to a page that shows you the requirements for that certification path. You can click on the exam title to get to the exam page.

Brandye Barrington

Posted by Brandye on January 26, 2016 at 01:07 PM PST #

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