I have worked in Java since 2000 and kind of frustrated when I see IT people working on other platforms expressing low opinion about people working in Java. The general comment is that Java programmers are available in plenty and that they are paid low. People generally think that Java is very simple language so for them core java, enterprise java, open source projects everything is just plain Java.
I have thought a lot and I am now thinking that I should seek a career change to SAP to seek a more glorified job. The options that I have are SAP BW since it is a hot area or SAP SD since I have 6 years prior domain experience in sales management. I think that SAP BW is primarily meant for people who are expert in database. Somehow I have never been interested in database technologies other than writing some simple sql statements. Either way it would mean a major career shift for me as I would have to start from scratch. I would also have to spend considerable amount of money in training and learning.
There is this other option for Java developers nowadays is to do Java programming on SAP platform. The general thinking is that people in SAP are paid 20% more than people in Java. I am not sure whether this is true for people who are programming in Java on SAP platform.
I need advise from fellow Java developers as to what do they think their opinion is on this matter.
The issue here is when the supply exceeds demand then the product in this case Java Developer becomes a commodity item. So everyone is considered as just a Java Developer. Some of the the developers may be doing brilliant work but then the general opinion is that he/she is working in Java and conclusion is she/he makes less money as the billing rates are low in Java or the salarys are low in Java.
On the other hand people working in SAP are held in high esteem as they make lot of money. The general opinion is people making more money are brilliant and people earning less money are average.
I don't have the option to move to SAP today. I have to create the opportunity for myself. I have to undego training and get certification and apply for a job change within my organization. The HR in my organization consider people for a particular position based on experience. It is not going to be a cake walk. I need to prove myself all over again if I get the job.
The other option is to keep trying for a manager or architect position within my organization. Such positions are few and one has to stand out in the crowd of Java programmers who are more or less equally experienced.