How to accelerate your Java Developer career

The world of Java has continued to evolve and adapt year on year since it was released over 20 years ago and it shows no signs of slowing down now. It has kept its position as the most widely used programming language worldwide with a 22.7% market share, beating Python to second place (21.69%) and Javascript, a distant 3rd place (8.53%)

(according to PYPL, Google Trends data – based upon how often programming language tutorials are searched online)

It’s safe to say that there have never been so many roles to choose between and it seems every day, as an agency, we receive requests for people with a knowledge of Java to work on a wide range of projects.

It can therefore prove a challenge to know whether you are making the right decision with your next Java career step. Sure, you could go down the route of the job paying slightly more, but will that give you the exposure to the latest areas of tech?  Will you be able to advance your career further and gain a wider set of skills?

We've looked at some of the key trends that our customers seem to be gravitating towards with their new hires. Hopefully this list will go some way in helping you decide the route you want to take to accelerate your java developer career and ensure that you're ready for the future

1. Microservices

With Service Oriented Architecture proving popular but somewhat lacking, increasingly, developers are turning their attentions to Java Microservices. As recruiters, we are getting many more requests for experience, or at the very least, an interest in learning Docker or similar. Companies are now choosing to develop complex procedures and products in smaller components to allow for changes and improvements in the future

2. Developing at pace

High speed production of high quality working code is becoming somewhat of a priority. Kotlin is coming up repeatedly and the use of this, or other developer-centric languages, instead of something like Scala is seen as a real positive. The interactive tool JShell is also becoming more widely used as a tool for learning Java programming with its ability to provide immediate feedback proving very useful

3. The Internet Of Things (Iot)

Despite being right about so many things, Steve Jobs' belief that Java was a dying language couldn’t have been more wrong. Whereas the late Apple founder went some way to distance himself from the language, developers are now turning to the language as their language of choice.  Java is used for coding any number of everyday items from security and home automation through to patient monitoring systems in the world of healthcare (and any number of toasters, fridges etc. in between!). The reason for this is Java is essentially universal. There are no restrictions and it is easy to adapt any of its huge library of APIs to the process, rather than rewriting something fresh.

4. The Unity with JavaScript

One major thing we have noted is that just as the Java market has continued to boom, our team specialising in front end technologies has seen a similar growth in demand. Pretty much every tech house hiring for Java developers is keen to have candidates. Brush up on your front end knowledge – it’s a string to your bow that will really help increase your worth on the market

5. Looking to the Clouds

In the past, the norm was to migrate existing applications to services such as AWS, Google and Azure. There has recently been a transition to apps being developed directly to the Cloud and therefore being Cloud native. Hiring managers are choosing to look for people with experience in developing such products and adding this to your CV will really increase your value

With all the changes, improvements, iterations and additions to the world of Java, one thing is certain – it’s going nowhere.  Other technologies have come and gone, whereas Java has stood the test of time and is a fantastic language, no matter what stage you are in your career.  It's used across pretty much every platform and the fact more people are learning it now than ever before means that there is no better time to get coding!


Written by Dan Jones

Dan Jones

Added 14-Mar-2018