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How to get a job of a "Java instructor"?

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Hi all,

I've been working as a programmer / developer (mostly with Java) for the last 4.5 years. I am at that point in my career where I'd like to try myself in other areas.

I am mostly interested in a "Java instructor" role.

Do I need to contact Sun in regards to this? Do they employ Java instructors? Are there any particular qualifications that one needs to have in order to apply for the Java instructor role?

I'd greatly appreciate your thoughts on this subject.

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yes, Sun employs Java instructors.
So do many other companies offering programming training.

As to training, you might want to take out a course in instruction. While not required, a poorly trained instructor is bad for his students (and in some places you might be required to have a teaching degree/diploma in order to teach at all).
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Some organizations like BEA have professional services division where they conduct training sessions on their products. You can check out that as well.
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I served as an Associate Professor at the local community college teaching C many years ago, even though I'm 1-1/4 years from a 4-year degree and still holding (for about 10 years now!). For that position, 5-10 years of industry experience and a few friends on the inside were all that was required.

Fortunately for the students, I didn't migrate to that as a career. I'm not the instructor type.
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