The Sollers Buzz blog is designed to keep you in the know regarding the jobs of the future. We pride ourselves in having our thumb on the pulse of the Information Technology industry, and in turn, offering content and courses you need to make informed choices about your job, career, and future. Today, we cover the in-demand skill of Java. What it is, why it’s useful, and the career tracks and salaries associated with it.
One of the most popular roles in the world of Java is that of the Java Developer. This position creates complex web-based applications such as drop-down menus, dynamic images that change when you hover a mouse over them, as well as sounds that play when you click certain items on a website. Java is used extensively on e-commerce websites to collect various data points and validate the user information that is being entered. With e-commerce sites become rapidly more popular and as they begin to overtake malls and other brick and mortar operations, this skill becomes more and more in-demand.
Holding the position of a Java Developer means you are able to modify the design an functionality of almost any website. A website is the backbone of every brand and therefore, clients place a high priority as well as a significant amount of budget dollars behind it. As a developer, you have the ability to write brand new programs from scratch or revise what has already been created. You will also take on projects such as revising and testing existing java based projects to ensure they are fully optimized and operational.
Lastly, the position of Java Developer is one that values experience. More seasoned Java professionals are often called on to mentor and guide entry-level IT staff. Companies rely on their deep knowledge of various subjects to quickly solve an array of client problems. The more Java experience you gain, the more valuable you will become and the more likely you will be to find and retain a job and career. “All of our industry research tells us the same things about Java Developers. They are highly sought after and valued due to their wide range of problem-solving abilities” said Deepa Sukumaran, Head, Program Management and Operations at Sollers. “We knew that if we were going to offer jobs of the future, java had to be one of them.”
Of course, these job responsibilities mean very little if they do not help you earn a salary and build a career to support yourself and your family. Luckily, companies understand the value that java developers bring to the table and are willing to pay for these skills. In a comprehensive report, PayScale lists the national average salary for a Java Web Developer at $75,000. As previously mentioned, companies value those with experience in this area, so more seasoned professional can earn well over $110,000. If you are thinking about investing in your career, becoming certified as a Java Web Developer is a solid and exciting choice!
However, if you are going to invest in learning these skills, you want to be sure you are learning the tools and languages that will help you earn the highest salary and give you the best chance of long-term employment. In the same report put out by PayScale, they list the top 3 skills that positively affect your salary as Java, Spring, and Hibernate. “This report proves that we are preparing our students for the jobs of the future because our programs teach those skills and many more.” added Deepa.
As we have mentioned before, it is your responsibility to take control of your career. Technology is developing rapidly and companies need skilled and experienced employees to keep up. Becoming well versed in the languages, tools, and practices of java will result in a long and prosperous career as a Java Web Developer.
Established in 2007, Sollers is an institution of higher education, specializing in the Life Sciences and Information Systems and Technology. We provide students with the essential knowledge and applied skills they require to meet the demands of the growing healthcare, government, financial services, and technology fields.