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Jobs in Java

Jobs in Java

It’s no secret that learning Java, the “write once, run anywhere” programming language, can make for a very lucrative career thanks to its wide use. Those just beginning their Java education can look forward to a rewarding career in the field with so many Java jobs on the market. But, exactly what jobs in Java are available? Today, we’ll take a look at the kinds of Java jobs open to Java developers. 

We’ll explore these questions: 

  • What jobs are available for Java learners? 
  • Is Java Developer a good career? 
  • How can I learn Java? 

What jobs are available for Java learners?

Java is a very widely used programming language. Like we explained in our “What is Java?” blog, “Java is used to develop web and mobile applications, video games, graphical user interfaces, and embedded systems. Android, one of the world’s most popular platforms, was built on Java. Additionally, the programming language can be used to develop electronic devices — everything from the computer to the TV to the washing machine. It’s safe to say Java is an incredibly popular and in-demand programming language. And, learning Java can greatly benefit your career.”

Due to this, learning Java can open up a world of career opportunities. Java coders are eligible for the following roles. 

Java Developer

Java Developers build and maintain applications in Java (obviously). Java Developer job postings often ask for applicants who have skills in database management and computer architecture. They’ll also need to know computer science fundamentals and possess soft skills like teamwork, time management, and communication. A Java Developer will take ownership over all phases of the software development lifecycle including: 

  • Requirement analysis
  • Feasibility study
  • Architectural design
  • Software development
  • Testing
  • Deployment 

Is Java Developer a good career?

The short answer? Yes, Java development can make for a very rewarding career. Java Developers are high earners too! Mid-level Java Developers earn an average salary of $89,848 annually, according to Glassdoor. And, your earning potential will increase as you become a more Senior Java Developer. As salaries typically range from $67,000 to $120,000 per year, an experienced Java Developer will likely be on the higher end of that spectrum. Whether you’re a beginner or Senior Java Developer, you can find an open position on LinkedIn to gain insight into the core Java skills companies are looking for. 

Software Development Engineer

Did you know that learning Java can help you land a job as an Amazon Software Development Engineer? Amazon’s Software Development Engineers are largely responsible for the development and maintenance of the company’s services like Amazon Music Services, Prime Video, and Amazon Web Services. Software Development Engineers at Amazon earn between $100,000 to $200,000 annually, according to Glassdoor. The average base pay currently sits pretty at $120,000.

Software Developer

A Software Developer is similar to a Java Developer in that they work to build and maintain websites and mobile applications. These developers can work in a variety of programming languages and are often picking up new languages and skills depending on their company’s current needs and system requirements. 

Software Developers have high earning potential and, like we discussed in the last few Kenzie News Roundups, these kinds of roles are some of the most in-demand tech jobs on the market right now. The salary estimate for Software Developers is $104,727 in the United States with a range of $71,000 to $155,000, Glassdoor reports. 

Java Architect

Java Architects aren’t all that different from the people who design iconic buildings like the Louvre, except these kinds of architects substitute stone for software. Java Architects are responsible for determining and upgrading software architecture to support Java-based applications. They will also assist with software design and integrating all Java-based applications. Java Architects are responsible for performing system performance tests and troubleshooting design flaws and system bottlenecks. Finally, they’ll review current architecture systems and make changes as necessary. 

Java Architects are also bringing home the bacon! According to Glassdoor, Java Architects earn an average base pay of $107,358 in the United States, with an average salary range of $77,000 to $149,000. 

Database Administrator

Database Administrators ensure that database systems perform as expected and make data easy for Data Analysts to find and interpret. These tech professionals focus on the security of data and monitor the performance of the database. Learning Java could help set you up for success in a database administration role. They often have development experience or education in information technology systems as well as possessing programming skills. A talented Database Administrator will be well-versed in Java or C#. 

Database Administrators based in the United States can expect to bring home an average base salary of $81, 434 annually, according to Glassdoor. The salary range typically sits between $58,000 and $114,000 per year. 

How can I learn Java? 

You can learn Java through self-taught methods, computer science degree programs, or bootcamps and certification programs. At Kenzie Academy, we teach learners all of the skills needed to land a job as a Java Developer with our 12-month Software Engineering program with Back End Java Specialization. This program was jointly developed with Amazon and gives learners access to curriculum previously only available to Amazon employees. 

Throughout the program, you’ll go beyond technical skills and hone soft skills through job readiness training. The Kenzie Placement Team will work alongside you through your job search and provide you with a career curriculum to help you gain valuable, transferable skills like communication, teamwork, time management, and more. 

You’ll Learn:

  • Software engineering best practices
  • Advanced backend Java development 
  • Cloud architecture
  • How to work as an engineer

Skills You’ll Gain:

  • Foundational programming concepts
  • Develop advanced Java applications using object-oriented programming, data structures, and algorithms
  • Designing, developing, and servicing databases (DynamoDB, SQL)
  • Understanding software development lifecycles
  • Working on an agile team using the scrum methodology
  • Ability to pass a technical assessment when interviewing for software engineering roles

Ready to get on the path to landing a job in Java? Head to our Software Engineering program page.


Ready to jumpstart your career as a Coder? Learn more about our Software Engineering program, or check out our free beginner’s coding program Kenzie Free.

Alexa Goins

Alexa Goins

Alexa Goins is the Content Marketer at Kenzie Academy. Before she joined the field of higher education marketing, she worked as a journalist and taught English in the South of France. When she’s not writing, you can find her reading non-fiction works, doing embodiment yoga, or planning her next trip to Paris. You can find more of her work at www.alexagoins.com.

  • Date
    May 17, 2021
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