Are you future ready? Building a career in Mobile App Development

Are You Future Ready? Building A Career In Mobile App Development
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Avantika Monnappa

Last updated December 1, 2016


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When it comes to the IT industry, there are plenty of career paths one can take.  But one field that has seen a tremendous rise in popularity, of late, is that of Mobile App Development.  
 
With over 4.88 billion mobile phone users globally, mobile devices have become ubiquitous. And using Mobile Apps for everything from shopping to design to playing video games has become commonplace.
 
Besides, apart from the major players such as Apple, Samsung, and Blackberry continuing to release new products and launching fresh product lines, regional players like Micromax, Xiaomi, and OnePlus are ramping up production and launching innovative promotional campaigns, grabbing large shares of the market and adding to the mobile-user base.
 
As a result, Mobile App use has seen a surge, and will likely remain upwardly mobile for a long time to come. App developers thus need never worry about securing a job, or worry about what the future might hold for them.
 
The blossoming startup scene has also contributed a large chunk of the demand for mobile app developers, and many of these start-ups are prepared to pay very competitive salaries to deserving candidates. Companies like Flipkart and Myntra are already switching to only mobile and no web environments, so in a sense, the revolution in computing devices witnessed two decades ago is now being played out on the Mobile front.

What's The Attraction Of Getting Involved In Mobile App Development? 

#1. The allure of designing something new and fresh.

#2. The opportunity to be able to reinvent the way mobile technology is used.

#3. The fact that app developers can work anywhere – all they need is access to a good internet connection and a good SDK.

Stages To Becoming A Mobile App Developer

As a mobile app developer, your apps will likely be written in such popular programming languages as Objective C, C++, C# or Java.  The specific choice of language naturally depends on what mobile platform and OS it is they are creating the apps for.  For example, if is for Apple's iOS, they would need to know how to use Objective C, whereas Java is the language to acquire proficiency in for Android Apps.

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Most employers these days look for mobile apps developers who possess at least a bachelor's degree in one of the following disciplines:
 
- Software Engineering
- Mobile Application Development
- Mobile Computing
- Computer Science 

Or any related field of study that is program based 

Training programs:

There are a few training programs available for mobile app developers through 2 mediums:

1. College/ University

2. Online training – There are online training providers who give training in mobile app development. Simplilearn offers training courses like Certified Android App Developer and Certified iOS App Developer which will help professionals get the best updated knowledge in the domain.

3. Certifications - Currently there are only three certificates in mobile development that you can attain:  
- CompTIA Mobile App Security+
- OCA (Oracle Certified Associate)
- OCP (Oracle Certified Professional)

Companies, today, want their developers to have up-to-date knowledge in the domain. The best way to do this, of course, is by taking a training course or getting real-time experience.

What’s The Pay Like?

With the necessary qualifications and experience, your salary per annum can range from between $89,000 and $125,000.   This will of course depend on who you are working for and what programs you are using to develop your mobile apps, as well as on the amount of experience you have earned.  

What Would I Be Doing As A Mobile App Developer?

As Mobile App Developer, your responsibilities will depend on a number of factors.  The first of these, of course, is the employer.  The second would be how much experience you have in developing apps, with the third major factor being the platform\OS you develop apps for.

You will be:

1. Responsible for developing applications, but also testing and improving them.  

2. Quality and functionality of apps is in line with your clients’ requirements.  

3. Write code for apps for specific operating environments.

4. Design and develop the app’s interface. 

5. Communicate ideas and designs with team members

6. Provide support for your app, so that any issues that arise can immediately be dealt with.

7. Devise fixes and workarounds for any issues that arise.

Who will you be working with?

1. Analysts

2. Project managers

3. Software engineers

4. Other app developers

What's The Outlook As A Mobile App Developer?

The demand for new and innovative mobile apps continues to grow. Because of this rapid growth there are plenty of opportunities for you to work either as part of a company or on a freelance basis.
 
According to many IT recruiters and managers, the demand for mobile app developers far exceeds the supply, at the moment. Over the next few years, the job market is expected to grow substantially. In fact, it is believed that by 2020, as many as 300,000 new mobile app develop roles will be created, of which the major will involve work on iOS and Android apps.
 
So finding a suitable position that meets your particular skill sets now or in the future won't prove difficult.  But the challenge will, of course, be to come up with an app that is completely unique and innovative.

About the Author

A project management and digital marketing knowledge manager, Avantika’s area of interest is project design and analysis for digital marketing, data science, and analytics companies. With a degree in journalism, she also covers the latest trends in the industry, and is a passionate writer.


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