dcsimg

What is a Mobile App Developer?

As more and more individuals begin using smartphones and tablets for everyday use, software companies are rushing to create apps that provide entertainment value or meet consumer needs. This kind of technology has created a boom in business for those who can create the apps that consumers can't live without. According to a report by the Nielson Company, 94 percent of U.S. citizens over age 16 used a smartphone in 2012. With statistics like that, it's no wonder why mobile app development has become big business. So, who creates the mobile apps that are so popular today? And how can you become a mobile app developer?

What is a mobile app developer?

A mobile app developer conceptualizes and creates applications for mobile devices. Some mobile app developers may create apps based on their own ideas, while others are hired by companies to create apps for their particular brand or product. In addition to creating apps, mobile app developers must troubleshoot for problems and ensure optimum performance. Not unlike traditional software developers, mobile app developers make use of technology to create the mobile applications that we use in everyday life.

How can you become a mobile app developer?

If you want to become a mobile app developer, you may want to start by earning a bachelor's degree in computer science, software development or a related field. You may also want to earn a specialized degree in software application development or mobile application development. Since mobile app development is an evolving industry, it's also important to stay up to date on current technological advances. Currently, there isn't an industry standard for certification. However, some companies may require a certification beyond postsecondary education. For instance, CompTIA and viaForensics recently introduced CompTIA Secure Mobile App Developer Certification. The Mobile Development Institute (MDI) offers MDICD, a certified developer certification. Additionally, Sun Certified Mobile Application Developer (SCMAD) is now available for the Java 2 Platform. Before applying for certification, it's important to verify which choice would be best for your situation and employer.

A bachelor's degree may not be required if you have substantial experience in mobile app development. For many employers, your abilities are more important than your educational background.

Why would you want to become a mobile app developer?

The mobile app industry is growing at a phenomenal rate. In fact, revenue from mobile consumer apps is expected to grow to 51.7 billion dollars by 2016 (schools.com). That's enormous growth by any measure and it may be the reason why so many computer professionals are eager to learn how to create mobile apps. With so much money on the line, companies may be willing to pay top dollar for the best talent in the industry. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the national mean annual wage for software application developers was $93,280 in May 2012 (BLS.gov/oes, 2012).

Do you have what it takes to become a mobile app developer?

Mobile app developers need a variety of skills in order to become successful. Most importantly, they should have a broad knowledge of computer software and technological concepts. The creative side of the industry also requires that mobile app developers have the imagination and desire to create the unique and must-have apps that we all enjoy. In addition to having the ability to conceptualize and design, mobile app developers need to know how to properly create a user interface that's easy to use and functional. Mobile app developers also need to have experience in database management, security, hardware interaction and memory allocation. In addition, they should also be knowledgeable in a variety of software programming and web development languages.

Sources:
"How to become a mobile app developer," schools.com, Kristin Marino, August 27, 2012, http://www.schools.com/visuals/how-to-become-mobile-app-developer.html
"Mobile Application Development," searchsoa.techtarget.com, Margaret Rouse, October 2011, http://searchsoa.techtarget.com/definition/Mobile-application-development
"The Mobile Consumer - A Global Snapshot," PrepaidMNVO, February 2013, http://www.prepaidmvno.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Mobile-Consumer-Report-2013.pdf
"Software Developers, Applications," Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics, May 2012, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes151132.htm#nat
"Your next job: Mobile app developer?" Computerworld, Beth Stackpole, June 27, 2011, http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9217885/Your_next_job_Mobile_app_developer_

Schools
Refine School Matches
Hide filters
  • SUBJECT Clear All

    See More

  • DEGREE

    See More

  • PROGRAM TYPE

  • START TIME

    LOCATION
    Please enter valid US or Canada Zip.
            Results open in new window

            Searching Searching ...

            Matching School Ads
            Physical Therapy Aide/Sports Rehab Program
            • Offers training in various types of massage therapy, physical therapy/sports rehab, and personal fitness training & wellness.
            • Teaches in an environment that promotes learning and encourages empathetic and compassionate therapists.
            • Career service professionals work directly with students from the start of their program, and help them pursue employment in day spas, luxury hotels, cruise ships, and other locations.
            • Students can work in the SOCHI Massage Clinic to gain experience and build their career skills.
            • Financial aid representatives help students develop a personalized financial plan to finance their tuition.
            Show more [+]
            • Financial Aid
            Executive Master of Health Administration
            • Ranked among the Best National Universities in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
            • Ranked 8th among the Best Online Graduate Education Programs in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
            • A private, co-ed college founded in 1821 and located in downtown Washington, D.C.
            • Its student-faculty ratio is 13:1, and 55.1% of classes have fewer than 20 students.
            • Has distinguished alumni including Senator Harry Reid, former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, and actress Courtney Cox.
            Show more [+]
            • Accredited
            • Online Courses
            • Accelerated Programs
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits
            Master of Science in Communications
            • Master of Science in Communications offered online through Syracuse University’s world-renowned Newhouse School of Public Communications.
            • Ranked among the Best Global Universities in 2016 by U.S. News & World Report.
            • Specializations include Advertising, Public Relations, and Journalism Innovation.
            • Coursework provides students with communication strategies for today’s changing media landscape.
            Show more [+]
            • Online Courses
            Drug & Alcohol Treatment Specialist
            • Provides students the opportunity to train at home in their spare time to get their high school diploma, train for a new career, or enhance current skills.
            • Offers programs in psychology/social work, business management, medical billing, criminal justice, and more.
            • Member of the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA), the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE), and the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE).
            • Features a fully flexible schedule with no classes to attend, leaving the study pace up to the student.
            Show more [+]
            • Online Courses
            MS in Communication
            • Communications@Simmons prepares students to become leaders who achieve their organizational, professional, and personal goals through a strategic integration of communications theory and practice.
            • The rigorous, practice-based curriculum ensures that students develop the key skills and competencies necessary to successfully navigate the shifting landscape of the digital world.
            • Simmons’ faculties are scholars and practitioners who provide individualized attention to students, guiding their professional and personal development through hands-on engagement.
            Show more [+]
            • Online Courses
            MSN - Family Nurse Practitioner

            Nursing@Simmons, the innovative, online nursing degree program from Simmons School of Nursing and Health Sciences prepares Registered Nurses for the next stage of their careers.

            You need to have a Bachelor’s degree and RN license to be qualified for this school.

            • Online Courses
            Basic Computer and Microsoft Office Skills

            The Accounting Academy was founded in 2005 and has been continuously approved to operate by the California Bureau for Private-Pstsecondary Education. 

             

            The Accounting Academy is a career/vocational school specializing in training adult student to obtain entry and staff level positions in the accounting profession by teaching practical. real-world job skills that are not covered in college courses. 

             

            • Online Courses
            Master of Science in Communication

            Purdue University offers a strong foundation of tradition and history, an environment of intellectual curiosity and discovery, and a supportive, student-centered approach to learning. Founded in 1869 as a land-grant school, the University is known today for its prolific faculty as well as a record of distinguished research and achievement in aerospace, engineering, technology, science, and math. Our goal is to educate and develop men and women of personal integrity and scholarly excellence.

            • Online Courses
            California Real Estate License
            • Has over 350 employees who provide personalized, one-on-one live student support.
            • Partnered with AmeriCorps to create the Segal AmeriCorps education award that pays up to $5,500 towards tuition.
            • Provides 100% tuition assistance for military service members who qualify.
            • Offers JANET, the Job Assistance Network that covers instruction on résumé writing, cover letters and weekly job leads for up to three years.
            • Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC).
            Show more [+]
            • Online Courses
            Commercial Truck Driver Program - 310 Clock Hours
            • Features small class sizes and with class options in the day, evening, and weekend.
            • Member of the Commercial Vehicle Training Association and a proud sponsor of HirePatriots.
            • Offers lifetime job placement assistance, and financial aid to those who qualify.
            • Programs are available in commercial truck driving and CDL driving training.
            • Campus is located in Yuma, Arizona.
            Show more [+]