Advice On Career Change To SharePoint Development

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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?

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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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16 Responses to "Advice On Career Change To SharePoint Development"

  1. Amit   September 30, 2010 at 10:03 PM

    I have 1.5 years of experience as a software Developer on dot net 2.0 with c#. Now i got opportunity to work as a SharePoint Developer in another company where they are going to give me free training on Share Point.I just wanted to ask you, is this really a good move to go for Share Point Developer ?

    Reply
  2. csdbabu   November 11, 2010 at 5:57 AM

    Hi,

    I am working as a Sr. Software Engineer in a small company. I am working on ASP.NET, C# , SQL Server 2005 and DotnetNuke(DNN). I have around 2 years of experience.

    Are these skills sufficient for my career? Should I go for MOSS for additional skills? Will it be beneficial for me?

    Thanks & Regards
    csdbabu

    Reply
  3. Niranjan   January 13, 2011 at 7:37 AM

    hi,
    i have completed my b.e with an 53% and i have choosen ibm rational robot software testing course,is my choice is correct if so can i get a job ?

    Reply
  4. ritu   October 13, 2011 at 2:42 PM

    Hi,

    I am a commerce student and them did MBA in finance and marketing. I am currently living in texas.
    I have been looking for job in USA but unable to get sponsorship as i am on H4 visa.
    I was wondering is it possible for me now to get into IT and specifically pursue share point?
    Is it viable decision for me.
    What are the requirements to become a Share point developer.
    Looking forward to your reply.

    Thanks

    Reply
  5. Swetha   December 6, 2011 at 5:25 AM

    Hi I am a Dotnet developer having 2 years experience,

    Now i want to learn Sharepoint, will it help in my career?

    Are there requirements for sharepoint with 2+ exp in dotnet, with 0 exp in sharepoint?

    Reply
    • Software Developers Training   December 6, 2011 at 5:47 AM

      Yes, learning SharePoint development after two (2) years of .NET Programming experience can help your career.

      The requirements for becoming a Sharepoint Developer is that you learn all the different aspects of SharePoint Development including:

      a. SharePoint Designing

      b. SharePoint Installation & Configuration

      c. SharePoint Development

      Reply
  6. balasundaram   December 8, 2011 at 1:27 AM

    Hi,
    I am a Software Programmer in .Net with 3 years of experience in a Single company. Now i got opportunity to work as a Junior DBA in my current working Company itself.

    I am confused to choose this? Please advice.

    Reply
  7. vijay   January 10, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    Hi,

    I have 2 years of PHP development experience and currently working on Sharepoint.

    I want to switch to Sharepoint is it possible to switch from PHP to Sharepoint?

    Please help me

    Reply
  8. Manoj Niit   January 30, 2012 at 4:13 AM

    I am a .NET professional with 3 years of experience in C#,VB.NET, Asp.NET and SQL2008 database.

    Right now I would like move my career to Microsoft Business Intelligence (MSBI) or Sharepoint but could not understand which will be a better career move for me.

    Please suggest ASAP.

    Reply
  9. Kandy   February 6, 2012 at 12:38 AM

    Hi,

    I am a VB.net developer and wants to learn Share Point. Is it a right move for me? Will I be able to learn Share Point?

    Please Advise

    Thanks & Regards

    Reply
  10. Jimmy (Jersey City, New Jersey)   April 11, 2012 at 3:25 AM

    How do i become a sharepoint developer.

    What all do I have to study in how much detail.

    Reply
  11. Shikha   April 16, 2012 at 12:04 AM

    Hi,

    I have 3 years of work experience as a software developer in ADF, ProC and SQL with a leading product company. But I’ve been out of work for 2 years because of family reasons.

    Now I want to start my career again, but do not want to get into software development. Something to do with Testing/Automation/Technical Writing would be my preference.

    How do I make this career switch?

    Reply
    • Sakshi   September 10, 2014 at 3:35 PM

      Hi,

      I have worked 7 years in IT.Vb,Vb.Net 2.0,SQL 2012 db,SSRS reporting,Maintenance and support to CRM applications.
      Due to re-location i am out of work from 2 years.Now when going back to homeland i want to start my career again.

      I am lacking in technology now.Confused what should i chose Development/CRM developer/Sharepoint developer/BI reporting/Testing..

      I know i should be deciding for me, but i need inputs what you people will do in such situation.

      Thanks in advance.

      Reply
  12. Niranjan   December 7, 2015 at 9:57 PM

    Hi,

    I am MCA graduate. Nw i recruited by one company for share point development. They will train me. As a fresher is it good to start my career as share point developer? Please suggest.

    Reply
  13. Sheetal Rana   June 7, 2017 at 11:12 PM

    Hello,

    I have no experience in any of the development filed however I am interested in doing SharePoint certification. So what would be my career move.
    Is it right to take this move without any experience and knowledge. Kindly suggest.

    Thank you

    Reply

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