Java is one of the most popular programming languages on the web and so a career as a Java developer can open an enormous number of doors. Given the way that the world is heading â€“ i.e. with much of our lives now organised and developed online â€“ itâ€™s also a career that holds an enormous amount of potential for progression, whether youâ€™re looking to work in the UK or all over the world. However, being a Java developer is not for everyone so what skills do you need in order to fit well within this role? Are you computer literate? This is obviously absolutely key to anyone who wants to go into this area. By computer literate, you need to be more familiar with the workings of computer programs than simply answering emails or being able to access social media sites. You will need to understand how to operate the computer in order to be able to use it as a tool. Do you know what Java is? Ok this might sound a bit simplistic but unless you have a thorough understanding of what Java is then you donâ€™t really know whether youâ€™re the right person for the role. If you canâ€™t answer questions such as â€˜do you know how to use Java files?â€™ or â€˜do you know what Java file editors and compilers are?â€™ Then it might be worth doing a little more research before making any applications. What kind of working environment are you looking for? While not a skill as such, being suited to the working conditions of being a Java developer will be an important step on the path towards making a successful career of it. If youâ€™re happy to work long hours tackling work alone, often with minimal social interaction then youâ€™ll do just fine. However, if youâ€™re looking for a team environment with constant supervision then this may not be for you. What are your practical skills? In order to be a talented Java developer youâ€™ll need to pick up skills such as learning how to solve development and programming issues. However, there are also some skills and abilities that really need to be innate â€“ for example, you will need to be a patient worker and able to focus for long periods of time. Youâ€™ll also need to enjoy the analysis of getting to the heart of any problems that arise. If this sounds like you then JM Digital can help. We have some fascinating roles for Java developers â€“ get in touch with our team for more information today.