For those who wondered whether Java had a future now that it's under the Oracle umbrella, fret no more. A recent survey by job-hunting site Dice.com found that the people who are hiring IT pros put Java/J2EE at the very top of their hiring criteria.
The survey's findings map -- in this case -- to the Dice.com job listings, said Dice.com senior vice president Tom Silver. "On our site, there are over 14,000 postings looking for Java and J2EE developers, and it's a 58 percent rise from this time last year."
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Dice.com's annual survey had 600 responses from HR managers and independent recruiters; of its respondents, approximately 45 percent were direct employers, meaning they're looking for people to work at their specific company. Of those direct employers, perhaps half are companies with more than 500 employees.
What are the remaining nine terms that the 600 survey respondents supplied as the most wanted in their hiring? In order: "security," "software developer," "SAP," "database administration," ".Net," "Oracle," "SharePoint," "C#," and "active federal government security clearance."
While the demand for Java programmers among the survey respondents is clearly reflected in Dice.com's listings, not all terms match so tidily. For example, though "security" comes in as the second most in-demand IT skill for tech jobs, there are only 2,700 security-related positions on Dice.com. Silver explains the gap between what hiring managers say they want versus what's mentioned in the job listings by pointing out that the more specialized a skill set, the smaller the overall demand may be -- but the existing demand is urgent since finding candidates who match that highly specific skill set is difficult.