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Brewing Java Jobs
Sanjeev Jain
Wednesday, May 3, 2006
Whatever Oracle chief Larry Ellison does, he does it in style. Whether it is acquiring smaller rivals or aligning with a complementary company, it shows his interest in that particular segment.

If it was the acquisition of two open source companies early this year, it is his personal interest in launching Java based products that brought him closer to Scott Mc Nealy, the head of Sun that owns Java. His message was clear: Prefer Oracle on Sun (over IBM) and Java Rules, .Net drools.

It wasn’t an attempt at nullifying the Microsoft technology; it was the reemergence of Java as a preferred technology that is finding fresh appeal amongst developers and companies alike.

Java has been on the rise all across even in the U.S. its largest market. Programmers with four plus years of experience in dealing with Java can look for jobs in the U.S. adtmag.com, a U.S. website says, looking at half a dozen major job markets shows that openings for Java developers outnumbered .NET openings by three to one in most markets, including Washington, D.C. and Boston (San Francisco runs about 2.5 to one, Java to .NET openings). Though the Midwest that includes states like Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, Illinois throws challenge of sorts as Java and .NET jobs are closer to even, with 1.5 Java job openings to every .NET opening.

International recruiting firm, Robert Half Technology (RHT) and Janco, a Utah-based international consulting company doing salary surveys since the 1970s, corroborate the good career news for the IT sector in the U.S. Their survey found that 16 percent of U.S. executives have plans of hiring full-time IT staff. Specialties experiencing the most growth, for this time period, are networking (19 percent); help desk/end user support (15 percent); application development (12 percent); data/database management (11 percent); and, information security (9 percent) and the good news is that most of it will come for Java programmers.

Adtmag.com says the U.S. economic growth has translated into a hiring frenzy and resulted in escalated salaries. A Sun Certified Java Programmer (SCJP) on an average per hour can earn anywhere between $60-90 depending in the city they want to work in. Those opting for permanent employment can look at anywhere between $60,000 and $80,000 per annum. This should not dishearten Indian Java programmers.
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