Hi fello Java programmers, Last year I got my certs in SCJP2 and SCWCD and was preparing for Weblogic 7 when I realized that there's very little work available in J2EE these days, at least in the NY market. The positions that are available -- the prestige and high-paying jobs -- are on Wall St. and they require advanced knowledge of derivatives, quant, risk analysis, etc. plus degrees in math, economics or related fields. Usually a C++ background is required as well. Knowledge of J2EE seems to be almost an afterthought. Certifications have little or no meaning to the people hiring for these positions. Almost all jobs in NY have these requirements. Luckily I've found a job as a desktop application support person and the law firm is very pro-Microsoft certification so I've decided to go for a couple of MS certs. Namely, the VB or C# desktop applications track. The job pays well, not as much as the Investment Bank developer jobs, there's no title, and expense account but it's sure beats being unemployed.
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