As a Java developer, you might have thought about how to earn money. It is not only you, but almost everyone wants to maximize their income using their skills. Also, many Java developers are looking to change their job for multiple reasons such as no skill development, low pay, etc.
If you fall in one of the above category, you are in the right place as we are going to discuss some creative ways to earn money as a Java developer. But before we get into that, let’s learn why Java offers so many ways to earn money.
Java is one of the leading programming languages among developers. It is also used for teaching computer science to the beginners. Furthermore, its authority and popularity can easily be gauged by the IEEE Spectrum's’ third interactive ranking. It is currently 2nd in place. The same pattern can be seen on Livecoding.tv, where Java is one of the most popular language among broadcasters.
Just like any other programming language, you can work in different domains and make impact. So, what positions you can fill in with your Java skills? Let’s explore the different possibilities below.
Broadcast Java development and become a freelancer
You have done tons of Java projects. They all are cooked to perfection, but other than your GitHub repository, you don’t have much to showcase. That’s very common for current generation of developers and is in no way a bad way to showcase your skills. However, the art of hiring is now changing a lot, where managers are more interested to see the programmer in action, rather taking a look at what he has done in the past. So, how do you get past this requirement and make yourself noticed?
To get noticed, you need to start broadcasting Java development and projects. There are many platforms you can do this. But, a good fit would be Livecoding.tv, where you can broadcast and also build your portfolio for the freelance marketplace that they offer. Not only you got to show your skills to other users on the website, but you are also building your portfolio. Unlike other traditional freelance platforms such as UpWork, you building your portfolio is a visual way, enabling any potential client to gauge your skill.
Build internet of things
IoT (internet of things) is the latest buzz in the industry. The ability to connect the surrounding devices is novel in nature. A clever piece on Oracle discusses on the impact of Java on IoT. Clearly, there is a lot of scope if you decide to work on IoT. The market is growing and it will not slow down in near future.
So, how do you get started? You can either build devices that are capable of doing IoT or build software that enables devices to work harmoniously in an IoT environment. Read this handy guide on how to get started with IoT using Java.
Do cloud computing
Just like IoT, cloud computing is a hot trade to dive into. Java with its portability feature helps you to develop and manage cloud computing solutions. Also, Java is a multi-purpose programming language enabling you to work on mobile, desktop and cloud application. Heroku, for example, provides a cloud platform that utilizes Java. Also, there are many PaaS that helps you to dive deep into the cloud computing. Both Google Cloud Platform and Microsoft Azure have provisions to host Java applications and manage them efficiently. Still confused? Read the simple article on Java Cloud Development to get started.
Invest your time building robots
There are so many claims going around that predicts that robots will take over trivial jobs. Can this happen? According to many prolific thinkers, artificial intelligence is coming, and it is all about time, when jobs will be cut into half and we will be doomed. Even though many jobs cannot be replaced, but new jobs will be created thanks to the robot uprising.
As a Java developer, you can help build, maintain, and innovate the robots of the future. You can build applications for robots to use. Or, if you are feeling really confident, you can go forward and build robot operating system. The scope is huge, and it is a good time to get started on the journey now.
Write web apps
Java web development is still popular despite of the negative annotation given to Java programming language when it comes to building web apps. With tools like Play Framework, Java development can be done pretty fast when compared to other agile web development frameworks, such as Django or Ruby on Rails. Also, Java will be always the choice for web apps that require high performance. For example, Twitter started with Ruby on Rails, but ported to JVM due to performance issues. There is still market for web apps developed using Java.
Maintain a Java blog
If you love Java programming language, you might want to convert your passion to blogging. Blogging is a tough trade to get in as you will get minimal returns during the start of your blogging career. So, it is advised to do something in conjunction with blogging. By blogging, you can create a brand for others, enabling you to earn a hefty amount. Not to mention there are multiple techniques you can use to monetize the blog content and create a passive income after some time. You can find some quality Java blogs here. Check them out and you will understand the amount of work required to create a quality blog.
Become a scientist
With the boom in scientific innovation, there are many ways one can contribute to the scientific pursuit in many fields. Solving problems with programming languages is not new. Most of the time, Python is used for problem solving purposes, but Java is not far behind. In this Quora thread, you can read about different Java libraries that can be used to do scientific work. Java can easily be used to create models using its 2D and 3D libraries and enable you to be at top of your game.
Developing games is one of the best ways to utilize your Java talent. You can use your knowledge to get a job in an existing company or start developing indie games. There are many developers who use Java as their core language to develop games. To get started, you can check out the gamedev videos here. Still not convinced? Check out Ankira developing 2D Metroid game using Java programming language below.
As a Java developer, you can do a lot of stuff and engage yourself in as many ways as possible. The only thing that you need to take care off is not try to do too many things at once. Stick to one field and excel at it before you try out something different.
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