What Is a Java Architect?
Java is a programming language and computing platform that is available on laptops, cell phones, game consoles, applications, and websites, among others. Java architects build, design, and develop solutions using Java technologies. Architects work with the development team, provide technical guidance and code review, and assist in debugging persistent issues.
|Educational Requirements||Bachelor's degree at minimum|
|Job Skills||Java, various technical skills, communication, teamwork, ability to work independently|
|Median Salary (May 2019)*||$118,967|
|Job Outlook (2016-2026)**||6% (for all computer network architects)|
Sources: *Payscale.com; **U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
A java architect will need to have a bachelor's degree in computer science or computer-related field. This is a very technical job, so a certification program adds credibility to your skillset. Oracle, the company who owns Java, offers training and certificates through their online university. Some companies may even give preference to candidates who have advanced degrees, so continuing your education in some way is typically a good idea.
A java architect must have many technical skills and usually up to 10 years' working experience with Java products. Fluency in Java, coding standards, and Java standard libraries is essential, as is familiarity with front and back-end development practices. Java architects will work with a team but also must work proficiently on their own. A few more skills that are typically needed are:
- Architecture experience with synchronous and/or asynchronous messaging compounds, standards, and technologies, such as MQ Series, SOAP, SOA, and HTTP messaging
- Version control systems such as Git, CVS, or SVN
- Automated build systems
- Security concepts and web application security
- Fundamentals in object-oriented design, functional programming, data structures, algorithm design, and problem solving
Career Outlook and Salary
Payscale.com reports that the median salary in May 2019 for java architects was $118,967, making this a well-paid position. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates a growth of 6% for all computer network architects from 2016 to 2026, which is about average compared to all other careers.
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