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Question about SCJP

Downey Smith

Joined: Apr 25, 2010
Posts: 5
Hi , i am still a student in college , will complete my B.S in Information Technology with a minor in math.
i would like to know if i am in the right path, i took 2 semesters of java( with the second including : linkedlist,stack,hash etc) , and will take another java course that deals with jsps and servlets also ASP.NET
, that is my first concentration required for this degree , the second concentration field i picked Unix/system administration, i dont know if i did the right thing here
but some of the other course that i took and will take include : Database management systems, applied networking, web dev. with java, unix admistration(2 courses)
. ASP.NET, technical report writing, and other 2 courses that deal with hardware and software in windows and linux.
my math minor includes the following: calc 1, 2 ,3 , differential equations, discrete math, linear algebra, statistics 1 and 2.
i did not take a "data structures " or " theory of algorithms" which are required for Computer Science

i am not sure if i am in the right track for the SCJP , i hear most people saying that , a SCJP and SCWCD or SCJD looks better with a Computer Science degree.
i am interested in the SCJP because next i would like to get the SCWCD , the java cert that deals with jsp and servlets, i am very interested in web programming with java.

so my question is : is it ok to try to get these certifications with my major? or should i have majored in Computer Science ?

Jeanne Boyarsky
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It depends on what you want to do when you graduate. If you want to program, the SCJP (etc) is helpful. If you want to be a DBA; not so much. The usefulness of the SCJP does not depend on your major.

Having database or sys admin skills will help you with breadth in your career. Don't worry that you didn't focus on "computer science" in school. It is all relevant.

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Rahul Manikuntla

Joined: Apr 07, 2010
Posts: 11
Oracle DB certification is also good.

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Downey Smith

Joined: Apr 25, 2010
Posts: 5
Rahul Manikuntla wrote:Oracle DB certification is also good.

Oracle DB cert is good , but my primary focus is on web development with javaEE
Also, for recent graduates, which certification combined with a college degree would be best to get a job?
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