Become a graduate Java specialist

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Become a graduate Java specialist

Recent research in the United Kingdom has shown an increase in the shortage of IT specialists entering the sector from 4.2% last year to 6.8% this year,Guest Posting according to the National Computer Centre (NCC). The three main factors driving this shortage are;

  • According to WhatPC the demand for IT services and software is driving growth. Last year the industry in the UK was worth £66.5 billion and there is therefore a great demand for IT graduates to fill positions such as graduate developer jobs, java graduate jobs and graduate programmer jobs to sustain growth.
  • New research has shown that the number of IT students has fallen by 50% over the last five years.
  • With an ageing population there will be a high number of retirees by 2015 with 20% of the work force aged 55 years old or over.

These figures from the IT industry have revealed that the lack of IT staff has created a substantial skills shortage in the sector, with over 140,000 new recruits needed to fill demand. This is the main reason why there is such a push for graduate Java specialists to enter the field.

James Gosling, also better knows as the father of the programming languages for Sun Microsystems, recently announced his concern about the lack of IT education in countries such as the US. He therefore decided to set up partnerships with universities and schools and succeeded to make Java graduate jobs grow in popularity amongst IT students.

According to IT Jobs For Graduates,, Java graduate jobs account for more than 5% of the total jobs on site. Aside from that these jobs offer advantageous salaries starting from £25,000 for a Java graduate job position in the United Kingdom.

In the meantime companies like Sun Microsystems have already started preparing for the IT skills shortage, in order to be able to fill Java graduate job positions in the future. To cope with this future skills shortage in Java graduates, Sun Microsystems has launched a few initiatives to make programming appeal to the students and young people. These initiatives include Java for kids which is an introduction to computer programming that provides an interactive, self-paced tutorial to Java. Students will learn about project design, object-oriented programming, console and graphic applications and many elements of the Java language. The tutorial also includes some detailed computer projects for students to build and try, through guessing games, card games, noughts & crosses, and even basic video games. These initiatives are understandable for kids aged 10 and up, and no programming experience is necessary, which makes it the perfect way for kids to start their graduate Java job career.

BlueJ is another initiative which provides an integrated development environment for the Java programming language, developed mainly for educational purposes, but also suitable for small-scale software development.

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