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Java Job Market

 
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Hello,

Does anyone know about the current Java job market in the NE United States or Canada? Say, Portland, Seattle and/or Vancouver areas.

Or perhaps the Java job market in general.
I've heard that this field is becoming saturated - and that worries me.

Thanks,
Richard
 
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It's hardly saturated. Everyone and their mother has been asking me if I know any Java developers in NYC. I can think of 8 people/companies off the top of my head who would jump at any decent developers they can find.

When I last built a team in NYC a little over a year ago it was already tight finding developers.

I haven't looked at resumes lately, since I personall haven't been hiring; however, I can say that I've hired people for over 7 years, and you have to recognize that the market is stratified. For example, I've seen markets where there was strong demand for developers 3 years or more, but developers 0-3 years had trouble finding jobs. During past cries for additional H1-Bs I've seen tight labors markets with companies unable to find qualified workers, and yet at the same time plenty of people with little or no experience complaining that they can't get jobs (as to whether the H1-Bs being sent over were qualified, is another issue).

So the short answer is: demand for Java developers in NYC (and in Boston, too from what I hear) is quite tight; about the levels I saw in early 1998. The longer answer is: it depends on your qualifications.


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Thanks Mark!

I'm a US Citizen who has a BS in Computer Science (the curriculum mostly focused on Java development) and 4 years of professional Java Web experience at my current job. All in all Java's been a very good friend of mine for the past 8+ years. All Java - all the time.

I'm also studying my butt off for the SCJP and planning on taking the exam in late March - just before I send out my resumes.

I feel like such a nerdy Java machine. This is all I know and I really enjoy it.

Thanks for your response - I feel a little better!

Richard
 
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