Java is a widely used programming language that enables the creation of high performance client-server applications using the Java J2EE platform. Anyone who chooses to specialize in Java should master the language to truly stand out. From creating secure mobile banking solutions to changing the way we shop, Java has been used to create countless web applications we use every day. The following are a few more things you should know about a Java engineer or developer’s job.
A Java developer creates custom-built apps based on their client or employer’s requirements using Java. The developer should strictly adhere to the project specifications drawn up by the project manager. Testing, maintenance and updates are also vital aspects of a Java engineer’s everyday grind.
Expected Skills of a Java Engineer
Besides having a strong grasp on Java, it is recommended that a Java developer learns complementary skills to boost their resume and possibly help in future projects. Some of the additional skills valued are the ability to master database operation and functionalities of the J2EE app development platform.
A Java engineer should also be eager to learn new things and frequently consume material to stay updated with the latest industry information.
Java Engineer Training
A Java specialization calls for strong IT skills, usually a college degree in engineering or similar training. Previous education at an engineering school is recommended even if the discipline chosen is not computer science. Other courses are also seen as helpful too, such as a BAC+4 in Applied Computer Methods or Computer Science or a BAC+2 (DUT or BTS in Computer Science).
If you are aspiring to be a Java engineer, you should spend your spare time trying to peruse related topics or indulging in some continuing education.
A Java Engineer’s Salary
A Java developer’s salary is directly proportional to skills and experience. Regardless of the credentials a Java developer possesses, they usually receive a salary higher than say, a web developer – thanks to the specialized knowledge they have.
A junior engineer with zero to minimal experience typically draws a salary anywhere close to €2,000 per month. Moderately experienced Java developers can take home a salary anywhere between €2,600 and €2,900. A senior engineer, on the other hand, can easily command a monthly salary of anywhere between €3,600 and €3,700.
Moreover, experienced developers can see themselves in project manager roles at a firm if they meet the expectations of their employers. Skills usually expected from a future project manager are excellent core skills, several years of experience, strong organizational and teamwork skills, etc. An experienced developer can expect a significant boost in salary upon becoming a project manager at a company, which can fall in the €5,000 and €6,400 range, or €4167 and €5334 bracket.