A senior Java developer and Java tutor at Learning Tree International programming courses.
Java is a skill that is in high demand and that’s why I and so many others have jumped on board the bandwagon and became a java developer. This field has so much to offer a young coder. Things like a high salary and job advancement are nice to have in a world where it seems like nothing is certain.
Plus, you can work solo or, if you feel like being social, jump in on a collaboration. Not to mention you are free to do this job in a multitude of different fashions. Most common is either being an in-house or freelance programmer.
Which one is the right choice for you? Well in this article I am going to break down each option and give you a few tips and resources I have gathered together over my career in the hopes that I can help you figure things out earlier than I did. So, let's start with looking at the options and what each brings to the table.
Java is one of the most used languages when it comes to application and program development and that is why it is in such high demand. This career path will have many opportunities that end up laid out before you. The two main options that face you are working is an office as an in-house developer or freelance from whatever location you want.
This, in essence, is what I had to figure out and what you will eventually have to work out for yourself as well. Each option has its advantages and disadvantages.
An in-house Java programmer is an individual that is hired to create software on a permanent basis for a given company. An in-house position comes with a steady job and benefits, but there is less freedom and sometimes less money to be made.
Here are the pros/cons of an in-house Java programming job:
With a freelance position, you can work as contractors for several companies at a time, choosing specific projects and time frames. This can be a great way to build experience. And just like with an in-house position comes with its own advantages and disadvantages.
Here is a list of the pros/cons:
When a company is deciding on whether to go with an in-house programmer or a freelancer, there are some things that they will consider during this decision-making process, such as:
By analyzing these features, a company decides if they want to hire you. And all these things matter irregardless of it being an in-house or freelance position.
As a programmer, I have been asked by so many young developers what skills they need to be a successful programmer and the truth is that it really depends on the projects and what you plan to do with your Java skills.
But there are a few things that I think are critical to any successful career. Here is what I and a lot of my programmer buddies think is crucial to have in your tool kit:
These tips and suggestions will help you find the programming gig of your dreams and keep you in the know about where the industry is. There are a lot of great resources out there to help you learn and keep your skills fresh and up to date. These are some of the ones that I suggest you look at:
There are many resources that you can take advantage of. There are online courses and applications that use fun games to help impart experienced programmers’ knowledge as well as some amazing books that you can read to help you along the way as well.
Here are some of my favorites from both categories:
With these resources and the vast selection, you have available at your fingertips it will be easy for you to learn and envelope your skills. Then once you have built your skills and your portfolio it will be time to head out in the world and decide whether you want to be an in-house or freelance Java programmer.
Deciding to venture into online education to build your Java programming skills is really a great idea. I took the plunge and have built an amazing life around a career that will keep expanding and developing.
This keeps me engaged and employed (which is a great thing). I have been both an in-house programmer and a freelance programmer and both have had their good points and bad ones.
But before you even decide on which avenue you plan on going into you have to learn or improve your skills and that takes a little time and patience. Hopefully, with all this information and the resources I have laid out for you; you feel better equipped to start your journey.
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