recently listed Red Hat Certified JBoss Developer (RHCJD) among "The Seven Mobile Development Skills that Will Increase Your Pay."

The Red Hat certification team is delighted to see this recognition, especially for one of our enterprise developer-focused certifications.  Like our more widely familiar system administration certifications, our developer certifications are earned by passing hands-on, practical exams in which you must write functional code on the clock.  These exams are among the most challenging we offer and are rather unique in the industry.

Nevertheless, some might find RHCJD's inclusion in a mobile development-oriented "Top" list a little surprising. RHCJD is straight-up Java Enterprise Edition (JEE) spec-level coding.  One might view JEE as the world of your bank and your insurance company, not the high-flying, ever-changing world of mobile application development, right.

Let me share why I see RHCJD as a logical addition to this list.

Consider the world of mobile apps.  Mobile is a space filled with apps that could reasonably be called trivial or even downright silly.  I have a few such apps on my phone and you probably do, too.  Were fun, silly apps the entirety of the mobile app space, RHCJD would probably not make such a list nor should it.

Nevertheless, mobile has become central to modern IT.  The travel and hospitality industries do not find mobile silly, as their customers increasingly bring business to them via smart phones.  Logistics companies sending delivery drivers out with touch-screen pads to capture delivery information in real time do not find mobile trivial.  You probably would not consider the tablet a nurse or doctor brings into your hospital room as silly or trivial, either.  The list goes on and on but the point is short:  mobile is growing because enterprises are finding ways to create value and stay competitive through mobile.

And "enterprises" are why RHCJD, with its premise of validating spec-level JEE coding skills, should be on's list.  The power of mobile is not in the mobility alone, but in pairing mobility with connectivity so that an enterprise's IT resources are available through a smart phone or tablet.  Mobile apps are typically extensions of existing enterprise applications, not net-new endeavors developed in a vacuum.

Consequently, someone who has proven skills in JEE is someone who can understand how mobile apps fit within an enterprise's existing applications and data.  An RHCJD is just such a person and it appears
that employers are learning this subtle, slightly counter-intuitive truth when hiring.

Why get certified as a RHCJD?

Red Hat Certified JBoss Developer (RHCJD) demonstrates your ability to improve, fix, and extend existing Java Enterprise Edition (JEE) applications.
3 reasons to certify yourself with RHCJD:
1. Validate your capabilities by engaging in real-world Java scenarios.
2. Improve your job prospects & job stability, accelerating your career growth.
3. Higher Average Salary Compared with Non-Certified Colleagues.
4. Industry Credibility.

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Randy Russell is the director of Certification and leads the team that develops and delivers Red Hat's certification programs and exams.  A long-time proponent of performance-based testing, he has served on the board and as president and chairman of the Performance Testing Council, as well as having presented on this subject and others at industry conferences such as the Association of Test Publishers, the European Association of Test Publishers, CeDMA and TSIA.  Prior to joining Red Hat, Russell was a system administrator and programmer at an environmental economics consulting firm.

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