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Java Certifications: What's Happening Now?

Remember when the Sun Certified Java Programer (SCJP) credential was hot...hot...HOT? Where did it go? Right on over to Oracle. See what's currently on offer in this Java certification round-up.

If you visit the Oracle Java and Middleware certifications page at Oracle University, you’ll find there are still a large number of credentials available under that heading – 49 of them, in fact, of which 14 specifically mention Java in their names and at least one more on NetBeans takes Java as a primary subject matter.

Despite Java’s recent security woes, which include a recommendation from the Department of Homeland Security in 2012 and 2013 that companies disable Java in employee Web browsers, there are still plenty of ongoing programming efforts in this language, and lots of certifications for interested programmers to pursue. Here’s a list of names and links for Oracle’s current Java offerings (links lead to Oracle's website):

In addition to Oracle’s own Java certs, other companies also integrate Java coverage into some of their credentials as well. IBM, for example, offers a variety of Java-inclusive credentials, including its Rational Functional Tester for Java. What I am seeing tells me that Java certification remains at least somewhat viable – a recent (March 21, 2013) Oracle University blog entitled “Wanted: Certified Java Experts” makes some interesting claims about Java, in fact, including

  • Java is still the #1 developer platform in the world
  • Java appears on 97% of enterprise desktops, 115 million TV set-top devices, and 3 billion mobile phones
  • Surveys of hiring managers and recruiters validate strong demand for skilled Java developers in the marketplace
  • Technical and labor resource/hiring sites including Dice, Jobstock, E-Skills, and the US Bureau of Labor Statistics all agree that Java remains among top technical skills in high demand

The latest Java versions from Oracle include Java SE (Standard Edition) 7, EE (Enterprise Edition) 6, and ME (Mobile Edition) 1. Certs at various levels including OCA (Oracle Certified Associate), OCP (Oracle Certified Professional), and OCM (Oracle Certified Master) are available for most of these, with additional Oracle Expert-level certs available for several EE topics. Check them out!

 

Ed Tittel

About the Author

Ed Tittel is a 30-plus-year computer industry veteran who's worked as a software developer, technical marketer, consultant, author, and researcher. Author of many books and articles, best known as developer of "Exam Cram" IT cert prep book series. Ed blogs on certification topics for TechTarget, Tom’s IT Pro, and PearsonITCertification.com, or you can check out his website at www.edtittel.com.