Java Certified Professional
So, you think you might like to become a Java certified professional. Java is a popular programming language that is used to create software and applications. A Java certified professional is someone who has earned an industry certification that tells employers you have the knowledge and skills to develop software and create applications. This knowledge may be required by employers in many fields of programming and development.
Java programmers generally work in an office setting. Programming can be an individual task, but it is often completed via teams of programmers. Some programmers are able to work from home.
Some computer programmers have an associate's degree but most have completed a bachelor's program. After earning a degree, programmers are then able to earn a variety of certifications, including those in Java.
|Degree Level||Bachelor's degree|
|Degree Field||Computer science or related degree|
|Experience||Varies; typically 1+ years|
|Licensure and Certification||Voluntary but suggested; available through Oracle|
|Key Skills||Reasoning and problem solving skills; extensive programing and application development knowledge; dependability; ability to work alone or in teams|
|Salary||$77,550 per year (median for computer programmers)|
Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (May, 2014), Oracle.com, O*Net Online.
So, what are the career requirements necessary for this type of job? Most employers look for someone with at least a bachelor's degree. The degree field you choose will likely be computer science or related field. Employers look for different experience levels depending on the position. Most will look for at least one year of programming experience. Many employers look for someone who is Java Certified. Oracle is the company that offers these certification programs. The key skills needed for a position like this include reasoning, problem solving ability, extensive programing and application development knowledge, dependability, ability to work alone or in teams. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for a computer programmer is $77,550.
So, how do you go about becoming a Java certified professional?
Step 1: Complete a Bachelor's Degree
Employers typically look for programmers and developers with at least a bachelor's degree. Students can study through a variety of computer-related programs, such as the Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. In addition to Java programming, students will study other programming languages as well operating systems and computer networks.
Step 2: Choose a Certification Type
There are a variety of certifications available for developers and programmers in fields such as web components, business components, mobile apps and server development. Certification exams are designed around the use of Java in specific situations, often directly related to a particular career path. It is recommended that a person acquire a working knowledge of Java before taking the certification examination.
Research the Certifications Available
Many of the advanced certifications available in Java require a prerequisite certification through Oracle. Some certifications also require specific training, an essay and an exam.
Step 3: Prepare for Certification
Preparing for a Java certification exam may involve attending training classes, available online or on-campus, taking practice exams or completing essays. Each exam has different preparation options, but there are no mandatory preparation methods that cover all of the examinations. Exams also have clearly defined objectives so individuals will know what information is covered before they take the exam. Individuals should carefully review these objectives and study the appropriate areas before signing up for the certification exam.
Step 4: Advance Your Certification
Advance your career by continuing to advance your certification. Java certification will make a programmer more valuable as an employee and demonstrate that he or she has expertise in a given area. Oracle's certification website reports that 'More than 80% of people who earned an Oracle certification reported a salary increase, promotion or career improvement.'
Take a look at the Oracle website to see the vast range of certification options. Once you are a Java certified professional, there are many other certifications you can earn to continue to increase your value to future employers.
Obtain a bachelor's degree, determine the type of certification you want to pursue, prepare for the certification process and continue to advance your certifications are the steps required to make the most of a career as a Java certified professional.