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August 9, 2016

By Lisa Dare



If you’re looking for an in-demand IT job, look no further than Java development. Java is the No. 1 needed skill, and it’s as popular in Boise as it is in Napa.

Java programming basics: Should you get certified?

There is lots of conflicting advice about whether or not to seek a Java (or any programming) certification.

Pros

  • A programming certification can help a new developer land an interview
  • Some large corporations and governments prefer or even require certifications

Cons

  • If you have on-the-job experience, a programming certification may not add to your credentials
  • Some people—especially in startups—perceive a person with certifications as an unsuitable fit for learn-on-the-fly tech culture
  • Your time might be better spent contributing to an open source project that will build and showcase experience

The nice thing about obtaining a certification is that you can choose whether or not to advertise the credential, depending on the situation.

Free Java classes for TEKsystems consultants

Whether or not you choose to pursue a certification, you can start learning Java for free through our partnership with Skillsoft. Skillsoft offers more than 70 hours of online Java tutorials (from Java SE6 through the more current Java SE8). The catalog of courses ranges from the fundamentals through defensive programming techniques.

Java certifications: SCJP/OCAJP

The entry-level Java certification, Certified Java Programmer, now goes by OCAJP since Oracle bought Sun, but some employers still ask for the SCJP.

  • Prerequisites: None
  • Exam cost: $245

Want to become an IT consultant with TEKsystems? Create or update your profile to receive IT job postings that match your skills and interests. Once you're working with TEKsystems, you'll have free access to Skillsoft's entire catalog of IT courses, including several popular certification tracks. You can also use Skillsoft to advance your IT career by developing the business and soft skills companies seek.  

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