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Is Learning SharePoint A Good Career Move?
The company I work for wants me to learn and gear up to become a SharePoint developer.
But I am not sure if this the right move for my career and if Sharepoint is a valuable skill to add to my resume?
For your information I have been working for that company for 8 years mainly as a Client/Server developer using PowerBuilder.
But for the last 3 years I have also picked up and worked on Informatica/Teradata along side my main job.
Which one has more market demand and may be also a better pay; Informatica, SharePoint or PowerBuilder?
Transitioning to SharePoint development is a good career move for the following reasons:
In the last year, there has been an increase in the demand for SharePoint software development skills.
Because of that we have been receiving calls from IT recruiters asking for sharepoint developers or consultants for high-paying SharePoint projects.
SharePoint developer billing rates are rising because of the demand for skilled developers
$60+/hr. and more or six figure salaries are available is in-spite of the current economic situation.
If you learn SharePoint as part of a general strategy of learning Microsoft .NET, C#, ASP.NET and OOP, then you have nothing to lose because you can be hired for SharePoint Jobs or Microsoft.NET Jobs.
Right now the market demand for SharePoint is going through the roof.
After many years of iteration and development, the current version of SharePoint is being well-received, adopted and implemented by IT Managers.
Is there a future for SharePoint you ask? The turth is that no-one can predict the future ... but you can make a bet or an informed decision based on the past!
So, based on Microsoft\'s marketing performance in the past, learn Microsoft.NET, C#, ASP.NET, SQL Server and then SharePoint now because in 2 years time, you will be one of those highly-paid, SharePoint Consultants or Developers!
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