Software developers who specialize in.NET technologies may not have chosen the most beloved programming framework to focus on, but interest in Microsoft.NET development skills is accumulating within management circles. Managers need to fill job openings in which.NET skills are highly desired, if not absolutely required. In October, renowned tech industry jobs posting board Dice.com published their findings regarding a recent study of the job openings posted on their website. According to the examination of the thousands of listings found on Dice.com, jobs requiring.NET skills have seen a 25% growth rate over the last twelve months. Further evidence pointing to growth in demand for both newly minted and experienced developers can be found in the number of searches being performed by managers hoping to fill positions within their companies. The same Dice.com study also revealed a 27% increase in employer searches for.NET developers with zero-to-three years of experience and a 46% rise in the number of searches for individuals with four-to-seven years of experience.
In addition to the fear of being trapped in the.NET framework and then being unable to branch out into Java or PHP development, there was also the difference in developer salary depending on the technology in which they had specialized. Individuals developing using Java earn an average of $91,000 annually whereas.NET developers can expect to earn slightly less than that with salaries averaging around $83,000 per year. The fear of being labeled exclusively as a.NET developer with no ability to branch out has proven to be unfounded. Focusing on the Microsoft.NET Framework has not hindered developers’ careers the way some believed it would. The wage discrepancy between developers of.NET versus Java is closing as well.
This article has already referenced a study showing strong growth in demand for.NET skills. As demand continues to steadily increase and the current supply of qualified candidates dwindles, the opportunity for new developers to break into the industry is looking better and better. Also, as demand for.NET developers increases, the salaries offered to both established and entry-level developers will start to come into balance with the wages developers using other frameworks.
Along with increasing demand and increasing wages, developers have access to the community of other developers who can provide troubleshooting and support for one another. The capacity for development of rich and interactive user experiences is equal regardless of the particular platform being developed. Reasons to become competent in Microsoft.NET are abundant and convincing. Hopefully this means positive things for companies who need.NET developers and those either looking to break into the software industry or just looking to branch out and become more desirable to employers.