With Java being one of the most popular coding languages throughout the world, there is always a need for those who have a strong knowledge of it. Well known for its efficient processing speed and with an estimated 10 million developers using the language, it’s more than just something for coffee lovers.
To discover more about the intricacies of the Java Developer role, we sat down with our dedicated Java Development Specialist Mert Amcaoglu and asked him about everything from earnings to opportunities.
How much do Java Developers earn?
The salary of a Java Developer usually depends on a candidate’s experience and seniority, however, the industry median salary is around £34,000. Depending on the business they work for, Java Developers could be required to work in teams or on their own.
With coding skills in high demand throughout Europe, many Java Developers have decided work on their own terms as contractors. This could lead to Java Developers earning up to £400-£500 a day, depending on how many projects they’re working on.
What qualifications will you need?
Most employers will want applicants to hold a degree in computer science, information systems or mathematics. However, the need for a formal qualification is only a major requirement for more junior roles, more senior roles tend to look at work history and portfolio work.
“I think in the beginning of the career when you are a junior developer having a degree definitely helps. As your career progresses, I think degrees fall into the background as experience and relevant skills become more important.”
These degrees are preferred as they tend to offer Java practice throughout the course, but those who are self-taught can still thrive within the industry providing they can prove their proficiency.
How much experience is required to be a Java Developer?
Much like the pay scale, the amount of prior experience required is dependent upon the seniority of the role.
“In my experience of recruiting for Java Developers around Europe, junior roles may accept candidates with little to no experience with the hopes to train them up in the specialisms that business would require.
“Meanwhile, those looking for more senior roles may be confronted with requirements of 6-7 years of experience.”
With a digital skills gap still present throughout Europe, there is always a competitive job market for those with the skills to code with various levels of experience.
Do I need any specific skills and attributes?
There are a variety of skills and attributes that the industry will find desirable when candidates are being evaluated. The most common among these are:
Proficiency with the Java coding language
Knowledge of batch processing and open source frameworks, such as Spring Batch
Skilled usage of Java mapping tools like Hibernate
Ability to use integrated development environments such as Eclipse
“When hiring at a junior level, companies only ask that Java Developers have the basics to begin their career. This way, they can be trained to work with the company’s processes, on their tools and to their standards.
“Senior Java Developers on the other hand will typically be brought in to help change things, or be promoted internally”
What roles can I transition from?
Career progression is an important part of any job and the ability to develop and grow into more senior roles is crucial. Throughout their software development careers, many developers will learn to be proficient in a variety of coding languages whether that be because a new job requires it, or for more personal projects they’re working on in their spare time.
Java has remained one of the most popular and in-demand coding languages, so anyone who has previous experience with it throughout the software development industry could potentially transition into a career as a Java Developer.
Which sectors and industries need Java Developers?
From healthcare to Silicon Valley’s tech industry, Java Developers are always in demand around the world. The role often makes them responsible for overseeing the entire lifecycle of any applications created for the industry they work in, from concept and design to the testing and further maintenance. Any business that wants to remain modern will likely require some Java experience
As Java is a crucial part of just about any application, software and website you could find yourself producing work for almost any sector.
Why does the Java Developer role exist?
As one of the world’s leading programming languages, Java rose to prominence due to its object-orientations and relatively easy learning curve. Java Developers are able to offer businesses a way to improve and deliver their project lifecycle at any stage of their career.
“With apps and online services now essentially being a necessity for every industry, the need for those who can code is consistently growing in sectors all around the world”
If you’re interested in starting a career as a Java Developer, or you’re looking for your next challenge, we have opportunities at every level throughout Europe. Drop off your CV today to firstname.lastname@example.org and let Eurostaff find the next step on your career path.