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Class of 2014 advised: Get into Java for a happy working life

Lucy Carey
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Clap along if Java developing is for you! According to new study, young professionals who work with Java top the tables for job satisfaction.

Raised on a technical
heritage unimaginable even a few decades ago, the newest wave of
developers came of age immersed in a virtual world. Having grown up
with computers and smart phones as much a part of their lives as
phones and TV were to Generation-X, Millennials are conditioned to
be comfortable in STEM (science, technology, engineering and
mathematics) fields like no generation before.

So perhaps it’s natural that in a recent Forbes
commissioned survey by job search and review site

CareerBliss
, developers topped the charts as
the happiest of all young workers. Specifically, it was Java devs
who took the number one spot, with Web Developer, more general
Software Developers, and a series of other tech, web, and
IT-focused positions following closely behind. Following behind
Java devs in the top five were Embedded Software Engineers, .NET
Developers, Medical Technologists, and QA Engineers.

To compile their study, Careerbliss collected
data from 25,000 independent company reviews between January 2011
and March 2014. Their research takes into account job elements that
affect “work happiness,” including an individual’s manager and
coworkers, encouragement and rewards received, opportunities for
professional growth, company environment and culture, workflow, and
day-to-day responsibilities

Although a there’s a general assumption that Java
developers tend to be older and more established, with younger
people generally gravitating to newer and trendier languages, clearly there’s a
sizable number still opting to work with the legacy platform. In
part, this may be related to high wages on offer for Java devs,
whose salaries topped the charts for the
highest earning employees
on the market  in
2013.

For any post-2008 graduate, finding a job is a
more daunting prospect than ever, with internships and other
voluntary positions supplanting many of the traditional entry-level
jobs. The advent of a globalized work force has drastically shrunk
employment prospects in some sectors, and wreaked havoc on work
conditions in others. That’s not to say tech is all sunshine and
roses, but it is at least a fertile environment, with software
development jobs predicted to grow 22% between 2012 and
2022.

Another factor to take into account, if you listen to
the marketing guys, is that Millennials are characterized as being
largely creative individuals, who thrive when given the
opportunity to be innovative in their work. As Forbes writes, by
definition, software developers are the “the creative minds behind
computer programs,” and anyone in this field will find ample scope
to let their imagination flow, if they look in the right
places.

In-demand developer skills vary from year to year, but if you’re
looking to zero in on lucrative skills to hone alongside Java,
according to a
TechRepublic
roundtable, hiring trends in 2014
will tilt heavily towards Big Data, with a rising interest in
employees who can use tech like Hadoop to generate meaningful
analytics. Also in demand will be mobile, cloud, and security
related skills. Handy to know if you’d like your early twenties
career to be more distinguished by something a little more valuable
than endless hours of unpaid labor and coffee runs. 

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