Java Jobs Flying Under the Radar

The market for Java jobs continues to grow as Java remains one of the most popular enterprise programming languages.

Java's scope has expanded in recent years, and it's allowing Java programmers to apply their talents to exciting projects and explore new roles and industries. If you're relatively new to the field or looking for a fresh redirection in your programming career, you may not be aware of some of the interesting positions that call for expertise in Java. Here are some Java jobs that may be flying under your radar.

3D Graphics Developer

3D is an increasingly common media used in business and web applications, especially as 3D modeling software and 3D printing technologies become more cost-effective and easy to adopt for enterprises. A Java developer can learn Java 3D, a scene graph-based 3D application programming interface, to gain opportunities designing cutting-edge graphics tools.

SaaS Implementation Specialist

SaaS (Software as a Service) rose to prominence as a part of cloud computing’s overall growth, but has become a driving enterprise force in its own right. Many companies are turning to SaaS deployment as a means to spur productivity and centralize their software platform. Java jobs in this field are available to programmers who can help in client-side development and front-end integration.

Business Analyst

Data analysis is all the rage these days and business analysts are in high demand. You can put your Java knowledge to use as an analyst in a number of different sectors. Both customer relationship management (CRM) and enterprise resource planning (ERP) software can be built using Java, and your ability to blend analytical skills with programming proficiency can help you develop critical applications customized to your company's needs. Java skills can help boost your level of compensation, too. According to the Robert Half Technology 2014 Salary Guidesalaries for CRM and ERP business analysts in the United States can start as high as $109,000 and $115,250, respectively. Add Java skills and you could lift your starting salary by 9 percent.

Chief Information Officer (CIO)

Why not aim for a seat at the top table? Forbes contributor Peter High recently wrote about the importance of getting CIOs out of tech silos and into the boardroom. Many companies have trouble finding CIO candidates who can balance IT depth with business management skills, but concerns about information security and data analysis make finding the right person a must. If you can combine software development talent with business management skills, and the right amount of experience, you could be a top candidate for a high-level position like CIO. Knowledge of Java can help you to expertly apply back-end software development considerations to front-end business objectives. As development and usage practices increasingly overlap in software-centric enterprises, the scope of Java jobs will continue to grow. Newly created hybrid positions and changing roles encourage professionals to possess skills on both sides of the enterprise application approach.

Do you know of other unique or lesser-known Java jobs? Share your knowledge with other readers in the comments below. Also, be sure to check out Robert Half Technology's software engineering job resource center to find some of the most in-demand Java jobs out there.

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