A Career in SharePoint

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I have updated this post to reflect the current state of change for a career in SharePoint and added other skills such as Power BI, Azure and Office 365 to the mix. My personal opinion, as with any career that you may choose, is that actually seeing someone perform the job and experiencing it yourself before you decide to invest in learning it is very important. Admittedly, I myself have started to jump on the bandwagon of careers that were in high demand before understanding what it really was all about. Although we all may not get to choose exactly what we do in life to earn a living, understanding if you will be somewhat happy and able to perform the job functions of a career are a reality that many of us do not consider. Hopefully this post will guide you in making an informed decision and enlighten you of the different careers currently available working with SharePoint technology.

* Feel free to view my entire presentation:

 

If you have made it this far reading my post, I will assume that you already have a general idea of what SharePoint is and that you are ready to make the next step about making a commitment to pursuing a SharePoint career (or at least part of it). If not you can do some quick reading and investigation on the WikipediA SharePoint page.

 

Quick Overview of Career Opportunities & Benefits of a Career in SharePoint

At time of this writing, there are currently thousands of open jobs in the USA either specializing in SharePoint specifically or at least require some SharePoint knowledge. Typical uses of SharePoint (server) are intranets, document management, team collaboration portals, external customer portals, workflow scenarios, search, project management repositories and public internet sites for large corporations.

A sample of the types of companies and organizations using SharePoint would include financial, insurance, manufacturing, consulting and some government entities. Since the majority of the business solutions SharePoint are used for are needed by larger organizations (this may not apply to Office 365 users), there is usually a better chance you will get the better pay, benefits and career options that also come along with larger companies and organizations as well. In addition to this, SharePoint has grown in use far quicker than the amount of skilled labor available needed to create and support advanced solutions built upon it. Most rapidly growing technologies have this trait however.

 

Current Popular SharePoint Job Titles

  • SharePoint Administrator / Engineer
  • SharePoint Developer
  • SharePoint Business Analyst
  • SharePoint Project Manager 
  • SharePoint Power User (someone who uses SharePoint as a part of their job but is not all of their job) 
  • Architect (Solution Architect or Infrastructure Architect) 
  • Other (Designer, Trainer, etc.) 

* Job titles are interpretive, find example job descriptions from job websites

*The following “infograph” was compiled by searching job websites in the USA by job titles.

SharePointJobsBreakdown2017

If you would like a more detailed description of the skills needed for each job position please see my slides above, search job websites or check out the links I have to some other great SharePoint career articles at the bottom of this post.

 

What’s in a Name?

Job descriptions for SharePoint professionals can vary quite a bit. I have often been approached about a position titled as one thing but when reading the requirements it appears very much like something else. I have learned that often a recruiter, an HR representative or someone in IT who does not really understand SharePoint will create the job posting and thus it will not always be 100% accurate. Not to worry, this is just a suggestion to use job descriptions as a “guide” and not as a definitive rule on what you should learn.

 

How Do I Know a Career in SharePoint is Right for Me?

  • You are willing to commit a lot of your time to your career
  • You understand you will always be learning new technologies
  • You are analytically inclined, work hard and like to work with people (or pretend to at least – lol)
  • You are highly detailed and learn computer skills somewhat quickly

 

Creating a Career Plan

No one learned SharePoint or any technology overnight. It takes commitment more than anything. It won’t be easy, but having a career plan with several different resources will increase your options of succeeding greatly. To create a successful career plan for SharePoint, ask yourself:

  • Where are you at now?
  • What is your end goal (what job position or specific skills do you want to learn)? Have you researched popular job sites such as dice.com, indeed or LinkedIn to see what skills are currently in demand for the job you are pursuing?
  • What will your plan include and how to do you learn best (see my list resources to learn SharePoint for suggesstions)?
    1. College courses
    2. Online video training
    3. Tutor
    4. Books
    5. User groups
    6. In person training & conferences
    7. Test environment to experiment with (see my articles on SharePoint 2013 Development Environments to create your own “playground”)
  • What is your timeline? Be realistic! It will take weeks for an end user and months to a year for a Programmer or Architect.
  • How are you going to stand out in the crowd to get that new SharePoint position?  (certifications, examples of work)

Here is an example career plan of how I have learned SharePoint:

smapleCareerPlanSharePoint

 

Final Thoughts

It is ok to reassess things as you go try no to get frustrated and quit. If you are not able to figure something out, make a note of it, move on to something else and when you find help ask questions later. Feel free to contact me later if you need help (I do my best to respond where I can).

 

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  1. Hi Matthew ,

    I read the two articles 1)Poweshell 2)A career in Sharepoint and both the articles were pretty good as you had explained it very beautifully. I have question and if you find anytime please reply to it.
    I have total work experience of 3.10 yrs and am currently working as a Build and Release engineer for the past 1 yr. Before that i had 1 yr experience in ApplicationSuppport and 1 yr experience in ChangeRequests. After working for a while in Build and Release job position which is more of administrative than programming, i have developed an interest in administration related tasks. So having said that can i make a career as Sharepoint Admin?
    What are the skills required to be a SharePoint Administrator? Can you please provide me proper guidance to plan a career in Sharepoint with the job role i mentioned above.

    Thanking in advance.

    Regards,
    Sujith

  2. Hi Sujith,

    The job role of a SharePoint Admin will depend on the company you apply with. Some companies will only expect you to know SharePoint and be very skilled with the product itself. However, many companies will expect you to know SharePoint and a lot more such as Active Directory, WAN/LAN, IP, Firewalls, networking, IIS and other Windows Administrator responsibilities. I am not sure which country you are in, but in the USA I look at job boards such as dice.com or monster.com for “SharePoint Administrator” jobs and look at the requirements. This helps get an idea of what skills you would need if you were going to apply for that job today. Hopefully this will help you decide where you are at with your skill level. There are a lot of video tutorials on the web on how to learn the items needed to be a SharePoint Administrator, however learning the other skills of being a Windows Administrator is something that (in my opinion) comes more from skill and job experience than books or videos and is harder to learn.

    If you have more specific questions let me know.

    Matthew

  3. I think there are more opportunities as a developer than there are as an Admin (not to say there won’t be admin jobs still in the future). However becoming a SharePoint developer is a lot more work and takes months of learning. The jobs usually pay higher though. It has been my experience that I am receiving about 5 developer job offers for every 1 admin job at this time.

  4. Hi Matthew,

    The articles/links are excellent and very helpful.It did adress lot of my questions. However I would like to know if I want to be a Sharepoint business analyst are there any specific certificate preferred in the industry. I live in Canada and work for government.

    Thank you in advance for your advise

    Kala

  5. Hi Kala,

    It depends on the employer sometimes but being a SharePoint Business Analyst usually only requires that you have experience working with the product so you know what it can do. There is a very basic level end user certification for SharePoint here: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en-us/exam-77-886.aspx

    This might help you stand out a bit on your resume. I have taken some of the more advanced exams as well but they took many months to study for and most business analysts would not pursue them.

    Hope this helps.

    Matthew

  6. Hi Mathew,

    Thanks for your post, i am finding it very useful. I got a question to ask. I am a beginner in SharePoint development. May i know the areas in SharePoint which has high demand in IT industry. like, Web part, Workflow etc., Can you mention some areas on which major demand is. I am from India.

    Thanks,
    Abdul Salam

  7. Hi Matthew ,

    Thank you for your great article. I would like to ask you a question: I’m a Sharepoint Developer , for seven years.. Is it possible to be a Sharepoint specialist for specific feature like “Search” ? Is there any certification for Search Administration? Or can you suggest me any other feature to be expert?

    Thanks,
    Mine

  8. Hi Mine,

    I don’t know of a specific certification for just “search” in SharePoint. I think most of us try to specialize in a few things such as workflows, search, coding with REST API, taxonomy or whatever it may be, but you should probably know a little about everything for job searching. Regarding search, I sort of specialized in it myself and to be honest I have not seen many job postings for it. I was kind of bummed when I realized that there wasn’t much demand at all. It is sort of an expected skill not a “specialty” that I see advertised on job requisitions. Most people want hard core C#/.net types of skills.

    My best advice on how to keep up to date on what people want/what would benefit you is to go search the job boards over at dice.com, indeed.com, linkedin.com, etc. and see what the job requirements are asking for.

    Hope this helps,

    Matthew

  9. Hi Abdul,

    Similar the last question on this post thread, my best advice on how to keep up to date on what people want/what would benefit you is to go search the job boards over at dice.com, indeed.com, linkedin.com, etc. and see what the job requirements are asking for. Once again, I see mostly people wanting strong C#/.net skills and yes web parts are a big part of it, but not all. You should learn a lot about what people are looking for after reading about 50 SharePoint Developer job postings.

    Hope this helps,

    Matthew

  10. I had an email recently from a student in England about to graduate, has some entry level SharePoint experience but no certifications asking for advice, here is my response:

    Hi XXXXX,

    I am not sure if the market in Great Britain is different than in the US but from the job postings I have seen it appears that they are at least somewhat similar regarding skills needed. Regarding certifications, I believe the easiest most basic level SharePoint certification won’t be released until July 2014 –> http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en-us/exam-77-419.aspx

    The second easiest exam to pass is the 1st level Admin class –> https://www.microsoft.com/learning/en-us/exam-70-331.aspx

    After that it depends on what your goal is for your career. Most people want to force you into a category of being an IT Pro/Administrator or a Developer. I will say that development jobs are about 5 times more popular and probably will have the longer future. However, learning C# and .net as well as the new client side object/app model is a lot of work and will take time. I would start with a SharePoint online/Office 365 account and start experimenting as much as you can with it (although you won’t be able to do much C# stuff on it). I think there also might be some Office 365 exams but they aren’t specific to only SharePoint vs. the Office suite online.

    When you decide what direction you are going to take with the development or the administration, I would try to create a full farm environment to experiment with and seek an internship or do a couple of projects for free/low pay so that you could put them on your resume. I have listed all of the training resources and how to build a development/test environment here:

    http://www.matthewjbailey.com/best-way-to-learn-sharepoint/

    http://www.matthewjbailey.com/sharepoint-2013-dev-environment/

    This process will take many months most likely (unless you are a super genius – grin). If you need any other help along the way let me know. Another thought is you should try to go to some SharePoint user groups in England and follow the “famous SharePoint consultants” in the UK on Twitter, lol (well the people that are like me who use social media a lot at least)… making some connections is always good.

    https://twitter.com/ChrisO_Brien
    https://twitter.com/MarkQJones
    https://twitter.com/MartinHatch
    https://twitter.com/harbars

    Hope this helps,

    Matthew

  11. Hi Matthew,
    I ham having 8 yrs of experience in C++ product development but not in sharepoint. I have little experience of 1 yr in sharepoint. I want to switch into sharepoint and thinking of developer certification for the same.
    I wanted to ask if companies will accept such experience for sharepoint job?

    Thanks,
    VC

  12. Hi,

    In the USA and UK it seems that almost all of the job postings I see are “Senior SharePoint/.net Developer”. I guess they say that because it is kind of hard to learn the skills well and they probably already went through someone who didn’t know what they are doing and want what they think is an expert. Few are willing to pay for the expert however. In your situation, it is hard to say. If you know C++ well I would think you could pick up on C# pretty well also. If you already have some .Net/Visual Studio skills then you need to learn about the SharePoint classes and how one develops and deploys code to it. I guess it depends how much time you want to spend learning. I think if you really want to learn SharePoint development, are willing to study to pass the SharePoint dev exams, will have some sample apps ready to show people in a job interview and can answer specific programming based questions to an employer, you could probably find a job. The good news is that there is so much free training on how to program in SharePoint on the internet that it is more about commitment than money in my opinion.

    I hope this helps.

    Matthew

  13. Hello Matthew,

    I’m a Software Tester with 15 years of experience. I’m currently looking for a career change, so decided to take Sharepoint Admin training. Upon completion of my training, I became indecisive on the direction to go with Sharepoint. Could you advise on what I can do to move me to a higher level in my careerpath to work with Sharepoint.

  14. Hi Mathew,

    Thank you so much for this wonderful article. I have been searching for something to give me direction into becoming a SharePoint Developer. I am just starting my adventure in SharePoint, and my current manager would very much like to see me purse a career in becoming a SharePoint Developer.

    Could you please recommend books, classes, or any advice for a beginner like me? I have been taking some classes through Microsoft website.

    Thank you for your time,
    Karen

  15. Hi Betty,

    This is a bit dependent on your skills and interest. There are jobs available for SharePoint Administrators, however I am seeing more of them requiring a large breadth of networking skills including TCP/IP, Active Directory, DNS, troubleshooting hardward and/or virtual machine issues and a lot more. Also, being able to create PowerShell scripts (which is close to programming) is usually required.

    That being said, from my personal view, I see about 4 times as many SharePoint Developer jobs available vs. Administrator. However, it is a lot harder to learn C# development and all of the .net frameworks and you would usually be thrown into a position with tons of code that you would be expected figure out on your own (not easy for a beginner).

    So, you would have decide where you want to invest your time and what would make you happy but there are going to be more development jobs around than any other for SharePoint in the future I believe. However, that does not mean you should abandon being and Administrator if that makes you happy.

    The only other SharePoint options really are very specialized with only a few openings here and there. These would be for a SharePoint Business Analyst (less technical), a SharePoint Trainer (depends on audience) or a SharePoint Technical Project Manager (usually requires PMP & development skills).

    I hope this helps, in any case you will need to invest time and effort to pursue whatever it is you would like to become.

    Regards,

    Matthew

  16. Hi Karen,

    The first question I have for you (if you are planning at staying at your current job for awhile) is how are you using SharePoint development for at your company? Are you only allowed to use OOTB (out of the box) functions, can you use InfoPath, SharePoint Designer or even create custom .wsp, web parts and web services in C# with Visual Studio? Usually your IT Admin will have already placed governance on this so you know what the limits within your company are. After you find out what you are allowed to use at your company with customizing SharePoint, I would need to know your skills with being a developer in general also. Have you developed anything before at all (i.e., JavaScript, HTML, CSS, VB, C#, Java, a basic website, etc.)? This is my suggested path of learning for SharePoint development and it will depend your situation:

    1. If you have never developed anything, spend time learning how to build a web page/site from scratch using HTML, CSS & JavaScript (not even SharePoint).
    2. If you know how to things in step 1, spend a few weeks becoming a ‘Power User” by learning everything SharePoint can do already with OOTB (out of the box) features.
    3. If you know how to things in step 2, start learning InfoPath & SharePoint Designer.
    4. If you know how to things in step 3, start learning the fundamentals of C#, Visual Studio & .net.
    5. If you know how to things in step 4, then start learning the SharePoint specific classes that are an expansion of the .net framework.

    Here is a page of many of the learning resources available to look at now: http://www.matthewjbailey.com/best-way-to-learn-sharepoint/

    If you can give me some more specifics on what you want to learn, what you are allowed to do at your company and where your experience level is at, I can try and guide you some more.

    I hope this helps.

    Matthew

  17. Hi Matheww,
    I been working in sharepoint 2007 environment for the past 3 years, now all the jobs are require 2010 exp. will this be limitation for me , should i get certified in 2010 ???

  18. Hi Vinni,

    I had thought I saw that Microsoft was going to retire the 2010 exams but it appears from looking at their website (listed below) they are still available. That being said, this is a “transition” time between SharePoint 2010 & 2013 (with an estimated delivery of the next version of SharePoint in late 2015). So, I am not sure if you are more of an admin or a dev, but being certified never hurts. If you are an admin, the difference in the exams for 2010 to 2013 are not too drastic (except the new app stuff). If you are a dev however, there is a lot different. If you are a dev, even though Microsoft is pushing the new app model, I don’t know of many jobs you can find without good knowledge of C# programming. Most people interviewing you are going to ask if you have experience with a certain version, if you don’t have any experience with 2010 I would set up your own test environment, learn 2010 very well and get at least one certification for it.

    Hopefully this advice will guide you somewhat.

    Matthew

    SharePoint 2010 Exams (see bottom of page)
    https://www.microsoft.com/learning/en-us/sharepoint-certification.aspx

    SharePoint 2013 Admin:
    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en-us/mcse-sharepoint-certification.aspx

    SharePoint 2013 Developer:
    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en-us/mcsd-sharepoint-apps-certification.aspx

  19. Will there be a need for SharePoint administrator in near future as SharePoint Online and Office 365 is picking phase from traditional on-premise.

  20. Hi Kannan,

    You have a good question. My personal thought is that there will be less of a need for Admins and more need for developers in the future. However, this does not mean there won’t be any admin jobs available. Remember some companies have very complex environments or security concerns and they will never be able to move to Office 365. Even if the move it to AWS or AZURE, you will still have to administer it the same way as you would if it is on prem. In general though, I see a lot more development jobs than admin jobs just so you know.

    Hope that helps a bit.

    Matthew

  21. Hi Marlene,

    To be honest recruiting for SharePoint jobs is not easy. Everyone seems to want senior level experience but few will pay for it. There is also a shortage in the market of highly skilled SharePoint workers. That being said, most of the sites I see people use are dice.com, LinkedIn.com and a bit of Monster.com. In larger cities networking in person is more popular at user groups and events, however, I am not sure of how many user groups for SharePoint there are in New Mexico.

    Hope this helps.

    Matthew

  22. Hi Matthew,

    I was hoping you could give me some insight on how I can land a job as a Sharepoint Admin, I have over 5 years in experience and I am having trouble finding a good lead on dice.com or monster.

    I reside in Columbus, OH. Any help on this would be greatly appreciate it.

    Thanks-
    Asmaa

  23. Hi Matthew,

    I have 3+ years of exp on SharePoint including 2007 & 2010. Now I have just started working on sharepoint 2013. Till now I have never worked on C# and server level solutions.
    I have very good knowledge on “out of the box features of sharepoint, Infopath, Workflow (specifically Nintex), Excel & VBA, HTML, CSS and Javascript”. I have developed lot of Project Management tools and solutions using sharepoint and above stated skills.
    I am now looking for job change with same skills.
    Can you please suggest, if there are enough opportunities in SharePoint without having the C# and server side exp?

    Thanks,
    Nitin

  24. Hi Asmaa,

    I don’t know anyone in Ohio directly. Have you tried to search for all companies using SharePoint in the Ohio area and contacting them? Another idea might be paying for LinkedIn and contacting SharePoint people in Ohio. I think there is a SharePoint Saturday for Ohio on the http://www.spsevents.org site (check out past events), you could see all the speakers and sponsors there to get some ideas too. Lastly, try searching Twitter, FaceBook or Craigslist.

    Hope that helps.

    Matthew

  25. Hi Nitin,

    If you want to become a SharePoint developer, I would say you almost certainly will have to learn C#. There are very few SharePoint programmer jobs available where you don’t need to know it. That is changing with Office 365 moving to a JavaScript client side model but I think it will be a couple of years before you can get by without C#. If you want to be a SharePoint business analyst, administrator, power user, manager or something else however you can probably get by without C#.

    Matthew

  26. Hi Matthew,

    Thanks for your inputs Matthew.
    Frankly, I don’t love the development and would like to see myself as analyst rather than a developer. So, do we have enough opportunity in IT for SharePoint Business Analyst?
    As of now, I mostly get the interview calls for development not for the analyst role?

    Thanks,
    Nitin

  27. Hi Nitin,

    My recommendation would be to search the popular job websites in your area to see how many opening there currently are for a SharePoint Business Analyst. In the USA, there are maybe 10-20 openings I see currently nationwide. When you compare that to over 1500+ postings for a SharePoint Developer, it doesn’t seem very large. It doesn’t mean that becoming a SharePoint B.A. is impossible as I have been one for many years, but it will probably be harder to come by this position. In general, regardless of which technology you choose, the future is in development mostly (there will always be exceptions of course). Just some things to ponder before making a final decision.

    Matthew

  28. Hi Matthew,

    I’m an entry level sharepoint developer. I just want to know what is an Architect (Solution Architect or Infrastructure Architect). Is a sharepoint developer is a path to become a Solution Architect for sharepoint? Thanks!

    Karl

  29. Hi Karl,

    A Sharepoint Architect is one of the job titles that I have seen to have different meaning depending on the company posting the job. As mentioned in many of my other comments I would look at job openings with this job title on Dice, Indeed, Monster & LinkedIn to see what types of requirements companies are looking for. In some cases the job is about creating the infrastructure and topology for a SharePoint implementation. In some other cases it is about figuring out how to use SharePoint to create a business solution to solve a business need, which sometimes may or may not include programming.

    I hope this helps.

    Matthew

  30. Hai Mr. Matthew J. Bailey,

    Thank you so much for your valuable info about sharepoint, Sir i would like to know about one thing please clarify.

    i would like to change in my job as well as platform, i have 3 years experience in Windows system admin and also certified in active directory, so i am planing to move ahead with sharepoint in my career.

    is this right thought or not? and is it good for my career? please suggest.

  31. Hi,

    My first suggestion to you is to have you search job websites in the area you live to see how many SharePoint jobs there are. If you feel there are a lot, then that is the first step. Second is to ask if you are looking to become an admin or a developer. My guess is you are looking at administration since you have worked with AD and such. I believe there will be a lot of SharePoint jobs for at least the next five years or more. However, one note I made recently at a presentation was that things are starting to change in the world of SharePoint. Microsoft has been pushing its cloud technologies over its on-premises software now and it is starting to make a presence. I will be posting an article on the state of SharePoint jobs in the USA (not sure where you are located) in a few days. Take a look at that to get a better idea of what you think you should do. You should also ask on other job boards such as LinkedIn about the future of careers in SharePoint. If you did not have any Windows experience at all I might just say for you to look at some other things, but if you already have 3 years of Windows Server and AD, then SharePoint might be the next step in growing your skills.

    Hope this helps.

    Matthew

  32. Hi Matthew,

    Thank you for your useful inputs.

    Although Im confused in choosing my career path. Would you be able to advise? I work as a Operation Coordinator in an organization (AUS) where my primary responsibility is to manage the websites/intranets built on Sharepoint (Previously I was selling IT solutions oversees through out my career – to cut it short not interested in persuing further in the OZ market) So basically, I was given very basic training on how to manage it from the front end. Over the time I have gained interest in learning sharepoint into more depth as I want to work within the IT function of a business. Having said this…can you please advise of where to start from and which way to go ? Do I need to start with Power End User and move into BA side of thing and PM eventually or do i need to get into the Sharepoint Administration and developer henceforth?

  33. Hi Omar,

    It is hard to find a “happy balance” between what you enjoy and what there will be a job available for. In general if you want to move forward with SharePoint I think you have to be able to master it as a “Power User” as the first thing. You should be able to know everything that comes out of the box, what all the web parts do, all of the different services and features, etc. Then you should decide what your longer term goal is. If you want to be a B.A., you won’t have to learn as much but will probably have less opportunities. If you want to become an admin, there will be some jobs doing it as we move forward but the reality is that most of the jobs are and will be in development. Regardless if you choose being a dev or admin, I think it is important to learn a bit of the other skill set anyways. It just helps with a greater understanding all around. Business Analyst and Project Manager jobs are usually a lot less technical. So it depends if you enjoy more working and managing people or more working with the technology itself.

    Remember also, Microsoft is pushing Office 365 and Azure quite a bit now so over the next few years that will probably be part of anyone’s career who works with MSFT technologies. There isn’t much depth to being an admin for Office 365 at this time (you could learn that in a short time) but developing for the cloud is an ongoing skill that will probably grow faster long term.

    Hope this helps,

    Matthew

  34. Hi Matthew,
    As I began searching the net for some advice on a career in SharePoint..I came across this article of yours. Thanks for this insightful article. Got some pointers.

    Further, request your help..
    I am an freelance consultant dealing in Knowledge Management. By education I am a bachelor in computer science. I worked as a software engineer for 6 years (in Visual Basic, Javascript, CSS, SQL Server, later .Net 1.2 etc), after that I took up KM consulting that didn’t include technology development but dealt with process implementation. For the past 8 years I have been into KM consulting. Sort of lost touch with software development. As you know, a lot of organizations globally use SharePoint to develop their KM solutions. Now I am exploring to train myself into SharePoint or Business Analytics as a career path to look for jobs in North America. I am appearing for PMP certification in October this year.

    However, I’m not sure if employers will accept me as a SharePoint developer or a project management role in SharePoint after having extensive consulting experience. Having said that I don’t want to present myself as a pure KM consultant who is freshly trained into SharePoint rather show some experience working in SharePoint development considering my background in software development and exposure to KM portals, best practices in KM technology solutions such as lessons learned repository using SharePoint, or social collaboration portal built using SharePoint. I understand software engineering principles from companies point of view rather than only theory. As for analytics as a career, I’d be freshly trained without any experience. However, business analytics fascinates me.

    I’d like to seek your advice on the following:-
    1. SharePoint or Business Analytics…best option
    2. What all should I focus on as part of SharePoint learning…key areas of SharePoint that recruiters will look for in a developer.
    3. Hard parts of SharePoint where lack of expertise lies in the market and recruiters are finding hard to find this talent especially in North Americas.

    Apologies for being long on this.

    Thanks in advance for all your valuable advice,
    SKumar

  35. Hi Matthew,
    Thank you for your such a valuable article, I am really planing to doa career in share point and as far as i understand i would like to go for SharePoint Administrator ,as i do not have a development back ground, My basic background is for technical Support which includes basics about networking , Active directory and VMware ,so cold you please guide i don’t have any experience relevant to SharePoint but i am really looking forward to make a Career in it ,so please Advise will my background be suitable for being sharepoint Admin

    Regards,
    Maan

  36. Hi Matthew,

    Hope you are doing good!

    I have total 9 years of work experience in Technical Writing and e-learning. During the tenure, I used SharePoint as repository (upload, download, version control) and maintenance( creating new pages, adding web parts, design of a page).

    I am thinking of shifting my career to the SharePoint field completely. I do not have any programming background ( but can learn)however, I am from engineering education background.

    I need your guidance about-how to go about this new endeavour.
    and how much commitment, time investment is required and future of the SharePoint, current demand of the SharePoint, which version of SharePoint to start.

    Thanks
    Vicki. R

  37. HI

    Please assist, i would like to be a Sharepoint Consultant, where do i Start?

    thanks
    KG

  38. Hi Kgotso,

    First, you need to decide which part of SharePoint you want to specialize in. The majority of the growth is in development, but there are still other areas to move into if you feel you would be a better fit into one of those. Second, you need to have above average experience in that area so that someone will want to hire you. Third, you need to make a name for yourself by publishing blog posts, speaking at events, writing books or for other sites, getting certified and networking with other SharePoint professionals. Also, try contributing to project on GitHub and doing a lot of social media coverage. Nothing “magic” is going to happen overnight. Most people who have become successful have taken years of consistently putting a lot of effort into this, but the rewards can be nice if you don’t give up. I hope this helps you with some general advice, feel free to ask more if you need further information.

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