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5 Reasons Why You Should Become a Java Developer

Posted: 20 Nov 2018

5 Reasons Why You Should Become a Java Developer

With IT skills in strong demand, deciding to become a Java developer can open opportunities to progress your career in both the private and public sector.

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Entry level roles typically require a Bachelors degree in computer science or a related discipline however some employers will consider candidates with other relevant skills or experience. You can enhance your CV and prospects of obtaining an entry level role by participating in Java related bootcamps, online learning and/or formal education programmes.

A good way to show a prospective employer that you are serious about becoming a Java developer is to have a portfolio of your work with examples of Java projects in which you have been involved. These might be work-related and/or college projects. As well as showcasing your technical ability, it is helpful if your portfolio also demonstrates your ability to collaborate with other developers. Being able to work with others and learn from feedback are competencies that many employers look for.

Career progression opportunities if you become a Java Developer

Career progression opportunities for individuals who become Java developers are excellent. Depending on your qualifications, interest and experience you may be able to advance into management roles or progress to senior technical roles such as technical architect or principal architect.

Keep in mind that the role of a developer covers more than just coding — development is an integral part of each stage of the engineering process so there are excellent opportunities to learn on the job.

Below, are five different reasons to consider Java development which may help you to decide if it is the right career for you.

Why become a Java developer?

1) Java is one of the most widely used programming languages. Used by more than nine million developers on seven billion devices worldwide, there is no denying Java’s popularity. Despite being released over 20 years ago, Java has been at the top of the TIOBE index, the measure of popularity within programming languages, for the last decade. Job prospects for people with Java skills are excellent with roles available across many different sectors.

2) There is more to Java developing than coding. When you become a Java developer, your work is varied due to the many different tasks that Java developers oversee. From designing interfaces to creating and testing dynamic applications, Java developers are involved at every stage of the development process.

3) Java development is collaborative. An advantage of being involved throughout the development process is that Java developers get to collaborate with other professionals, such as Web Designers, Web Developers and Software Engineers. Collaboration develops communication and other transferable skills which help advance your career as an IT professional.

4) Java is used in real-world applications. From healthcare to financial services, Java is used across many different business sectors, as well as on popular websites such as Facebook, Amazon and eBay. So, as Java developer, it is likely that your work will benefit not just the company you work for but also many ordinary people in real life scenarios.

5) Anyone can code. While there are some jobs that require a degree in computer science or a related field, programming is a skill you can teach yourself. Often, your experience with Java and developing software is more important than proving that you have a degree in the field. So, if you are interested in becoming a Java developer, remember that building a portfolio of your work can be just as important as having the right qualifications.

Finally, keep in mind that if you are serious about becoming a Java developer and/or developing a career in IT, it is a good idea to build up a relationship with a specialist recruiter who can keep you posted on current market trends and the skills that are most in demand. Whether you are looking for an entry level role or want to advance to a mid- or senior-level role, Eolas Recruitment can advise you on how to achieve your goals. Contact our specialists to find out more about current opportunities and how we can help you to advance your career.

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