Tech Pros Think Java/J2EE, SQL, .NET Key to Careers


Tech pros feel that mastery of Java/J2EE, SQL and .NET are key to their careers, according to a new survey by Dice.

Although the survey’s sample size was small, at 200 pros, the results nonetheless echo those produced by other Dice analyses over the past few months. Around 37 percent of respondents indicated they thought Java/J2EE was most in demand among popular skill sets, followed by SQL with 29 percent, .NET with 19 percent, C++ with 9 percent, and C# with 5 percent.

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Respondents were a mixture of software engineers, network administrators, DBAs and tech support. Data from the current survey dovetails nicely with earlier findings from Dice, which suggested that hiring managers were most interested in software developers, engineers, architects and leads skilled (in descending order) in Java/J2EE, .NET, C++, C#, SQL and HTML.

Future Tech

This latest survey didn’t only focus on current technologies. When asked about innovations that will most affect the future (and, by extension, their jobs), some 30 percent of tech pros indicated that wearable electronics were most likely to become the next big industry, followed by Internet of Things at 24 percent, Drones and Robots at 18 percent, and Biomedical at 17 percent. Another 12 percent thought the future lay in some other, unspecified direction.

That aligns with the majority of Americans, who believe such technologies are coming, even if they feel uncomfortable with the prospect of their arrival. Earlier this year, a survey of 1,001 adults by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project found that 53 percent of Americans thought that wearable electronics would represent a change for the worse, while 63 percent felt the same way about personal drones zipping around in U.S. airspace. Another 65 percent disliked the idea of robot caregivers for the elderly and infirm, while 66 percent seemed equally leery of the prospect of altering their children’s DNA.

In other words, most tech pros seem well aware of what employers want today—it’s just a question of the skills that’ll prove relevant tomorrow.

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5 Responses to “Tech Pros Think Java/J2EE, SQL, .NET Key to Careers”

  1. I don’t think Java is good to learn. Java for Android is ok, but Java on the server is used mostly in big companies, which do not want to hire you if you are over 35. If you want a long career in programming, pick something else.

    • Fred Bosick

      And the support staff will be restarting JVMs constantly. I don’t know whether that’s because Java isn’t suitable for enterprise computing, or the kind of programmers they hire after they get rid of the 35+ guys.

  2. @Bubba A lot of startup companies are choosing Java. They are generally not ageist. Java is a great and growing platform these days.

    J2EE is dead is died a decade ago. The future is Java EE. A far lighter, richer platform for development.

  3. HTML is not a programming language. SQL by itself is no good. Wether you do JAVA or some other language you still have to know SQL This report is bogus and written by people who have no clue.

    • Sergei

      @RAJ You are correct about the author of this report. If this survey was about programming languages, then .Net and HTML have no place here. How is that .Net gets 19% but C# only 5%?…