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Java Developers Are in Demand

Diana Gray
Sr. Principal Curriculum Product Manager

Written by Barbara Assadi with Virtual Earth

Here are a couple of interesting fact about Java, the programming language that runs on 7 billion (yes, that’s with a b) devices.

It was invented by accident by James Gosling and his team at Sun Labs, in 1992, to clean up some issues with C++; and it was initially called Oak until being renamed Java.[1]

Whatever its history and name, Java touches many places in our lives. For example, Java is used to develop apps for Android devices, banks and financial companies, the web, and scientific endeavors.

Java is also used in Big Data technologies, such as Hadoop, and on other systems that require high performance. Most government, insurance, education, defense, and healthcare organizations have web apps built in Java.[2]

To put it simply, Java is the foundation for almost every type of networked application and is the global standard for developing embedded applications, games, web content, and enterprise software.

With more than 9 million developers worldwide, Java enables you to efficiently develop and deploy exciting applications and services.

Java is a powerful and yet was designed to be a relatively easy-to-learn programming language. Three editions are in wide use today:

  • Java EE. With many commercial and open source implementations, this is the enterprise standard to build scalable business services for web and mobile applications.
  • Java SE. Used to develop secure, portable, high-performance applications for a wide range of computing platforms, Java SE supports end-user productivity and reduces the cost of applications.
  • Java Embedded. This edition is popular for developing highly functional solutions for embedded devices, such as those that are considered Internet of Things devices.

Pay and Opportunities for Java Developers Are on the Rise

With Java being so widely adopted, it’s no wonder that Java developers are in demand. At the time this blog was written, LinkedIn had over 9,500 job openings for Java developers.

TechRepublic reports that 2017 has seen immense growth in demand for developers, including those who are Java savvy, and that these jobs are currently in the top 10 of those positions hardest to fill.[3]

And according to Computer Weekly’s Survey of Appointment and Trends, “the demand for Java skills is soaring, creating a boom for programmers and causing headaches for employers and IT directors.”[4]

More good news is that Java-related careers continue to pay very well.

According to Salary.com, as of November 2017, the median annual Java Developer salary is $88,969, with a range usually between $75,309-$100,315; however this can vary widely depending on various factors.[5]

And a December 2017 Indeed.com search for job postings with Java in the job title returned over 25,000 jobs paying over $100K per year.

Is it Time to Take Java Classes Online?

To learn more about how to best leverage this technology to boost your career, consider enrolling in Oracle University’s Java training to deepen your understanding of how these solutions can help your business.

Courses are available in classroom, Training On Demand and Live Virtual Class formats.

Top courses:

Java SE 8 Fundamentals: introduces you to object-oriented programming and the core constructs of the Java language.

Java SE 8 Programming: uses the fuller features of Java SE to build applications, including database connectivity.

Architect Enterprise Applications with Java EE: teaches you how to define architectures for multitier, enterprise Java applications.

Find out more about Oracle Java and Middleware training today!

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