SharePoint Developer Careers

NUMBER OF JOBS

913,100

JOB OPENINGS

270,900

JOB GROWTH

30%

AVG. SALARY

$90,530 /yr

$43.52 /hr

All Stats from BLS.gov

Microsoft SharePoint is a web application development platform typically tied with content and document management—although later iterations of the software offer much broader capabilities, including development of Intranet and Extranet portals, social networking functions, online collaboration, business intelligence, enterprise search, and website development. Many ERP, CRM, and other enterprise software packages are at least partially integratable with SharePoint.

SharePoint is designed to be usable by non-professionals—but the tools’ capabilities are broad and in-depth enough that knowing your way around SharePoint software development can be very valuable to employers. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about the job.

What is the Typical SharePoint Developer Training? 

Most software development positions require a Bachelor’s degree—although with strong certifications and qualifications, you could potentially land a position without one. Still, a Bachelor’s degree can help you build up the base coding and programming expertise you need to then develop in-depth SharePoint expertise.

In general, there’s no degree program specifically for SharePoint. However, building up your credentials in this area is totally doable. Starting with expertise in HTML, CSS, XSLT, ASP.NET, and even Visual Studio are recommended. Other possible concentrations include jQuery and InfoPath—although experts will vary on the specific development skills you need to get the most out of SharePoint.

Finally, Microsoft offers a SharePoint certification program that will help you not only develop your skills in this area, but demonstrate to employers that you have the skills needed to work with SharePoint on a professional level.

Can I Become a SharePoint Developer With an Online Degree?

This field is quite open to online Bachelor degrees, and the Microsoft certification process is entirely online. You should have no trouble landing a job with an online degree in a technical field that prepares you with the right skills to learn SharePoint development.

Is There a High Demand for SharePoint Developers?

According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, demand in software development is projected to grow a whopping 30% within the decade—making this a high-growth field. Much of this growth can be accounted for by high demand in the mobile technology, healthcare, and cybersecurity sectors. In addition, software is lately being built into cell phones, cars, and even appliances in much larger numbers. Online applications keep costs down and let businesses customize more—hence the great need for software developers.

Naturally, your job prospects will be best if you keep abreast of the most cutting-edge programming tools—and SharePoint development is currently among those. However, there are always new tools and technologies being developed—and your career as a software developer may evolve in many different ways. In other words, if you want to keep abreast of the latest technologies, you may not always be a SharePoint developer alone.

What is the Typical SharePoint Developer Salary?

Application development experts make a median wage of $87,790 according to 2010 numbers—although this can vary depending on the part of the country you’re working in. Lower wages come in at around $54,360 and those on the higher end can make as much as $133,110. Specialization in areas such as SharePoint may boost your value to certain employers and markets.

What are the Pros and Cons of Becoming a SharePoint Developer?

In general, there’s a high demand for SharePoint skills today—and the wages are good. In addition, because it doesn’t require a high level of education for entry-level work, the investment to enter the field can be fairly small.

However, SharePoint is a highly specialized field—and other technologies may eclipse it in importance in just a year or two. It’s best to develop your qualifications in a wide range of application development skills, so that you can earn new certifications to sharpen your expertise when necessary as new technologies emerge. SharePoint is a great skill to have, and can be very valuable—but it may not carry you through the entire lifetime of your career.

Where to Look for SharePoint Developer Jobs

Indeed.com

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