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Working As An Android Developer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Mostly Sitting

  • $68,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Android Developer Do

Software developers are the creative minds behind computer programs. Some develop the applications that allow people to do specific tasks on a computer or another device. Others develop the underlying systems that run the devices or that control networks.

Duties

Software developers typically do the following:

  • Analyze users’ needs and then design, test, and develop software to meet those needs
  • Recommend software upgrades for customers’ existing programs and systems
  • Design each piece of an application or a system and plan how the pieces will work together
  • Create a variety of models and diagrams (such as flowcharts) that instruct programmers how to write software code
  • Ensure that a program continues to function normally through software maintenance and testing
  • Document every aspect of an application or a system as a reference for future maintenance and upgrades
  • Collaborate with other computer specialists to create optimum software

Software developers are in charge of the entire development process for a software program. They may begin by asking how the customer plans to use the software. They must identify the core functionality that users need from software programs. Software developers must also determine user requirements that are unrelated to the functionality of software, such as the level of security and performance needs. They design the program and then give instructions to programmers, who write computer code and test it.

If the program does not work as expected or if testers find it too difficult to use, software developers go back to the design process to fix the problems or improve the program. After the program is released to the customer, a developer may perform upgrades and maintenance.

Developers usually work closely with computer programmers. However, in some companies, developers write code themselves instead of giving instructions to the programmers.

Developers who supervise a software project from the planning stages through implementation sometimes are called information technology (IT) project managers. These workers monitor the project’s progress to ensure that it meets deadlines, standards, and cost targets. IT project managers who plan and direct an organization’s IT department or IT policies are included in the profile on computer and information systems managers.

The following are examples of types of software developers:

Applications software developers design computer applications, such as word processors and games, for consumers. They may create custom software for a specific customer or commercial software to be sold to the general public. Some applications software developers create complex databases for organizations. They also create programs that people use over the Internet and within a company’s intranet.

Systems software developers create the systems that keep computers functioning properly. These could be operating systems for computers that the general public buys or systems built specifically for an organization. Often, systems software developers also build the system’s interface, which is what allows users to interact with the computer. Systems software developers are creating the operating systems that control most of the consumer electronics in use today, including the systems in phones or cars.

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How To Become An Android Developer

Software developers usually have a bachelor’s degree in computer science and strong computer programming skills.

Education

Software developers usually have a bachelor’s degree, typically in computer science, software engineering, or a related field. A degree in mathematics is also acceptable. Computer science degree programs are the most common, because they tend to cover a broad range of topics. Students should focus on classes related to building software in order to better prepare themselves for work in the occupation. For some positions, employers may prefer a master’s degree.

Although writing code is not their first priority, developers must have a strong background in computer programming. They usually gain this experience in school. Throughout their career, developers must keep up to date on new tools and computer languages.

Software developers also need skills related to the industry in which they work. Developers working in a bank, for example, should have knowledge of finance so that they can understand a bank’s computing needs.

Other Experience

Many students gain experience in software development by completing an internship at a software company while in college.

Some software developers first work as computer programmers and then are given more responsibility as they gain experience. Eventually, they become developers.

Advancement

Software developers can advance to become information technology (IT) project managers, also called computer and information systems managers, a position in which they oversee the software development process.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Developers must analyze users’ needs and then design software to meet those needs.

Communication skills. Developers must be able to give clear instructions to others working on a project. They must also explain to their customers how the software works and answer any questions that arise.

Computer skills. Developers must understand computer capabilities and programming languages in order to design effective software.

Creativity. Developers are the creative minds behind new computer software.

Detail oriented. Developers often work on many parts of an application or system at the same time and must therefore be able to concentrate and pay attention to detail.

Interpersonal skills. Software developers must be able to work well with others who contribute to designing, developing, and programming successful software.

Problem-solving skills. Because developers are in charge of software from beginning to end, they must be able to solve problems that arise throughout the design process.

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Average Length of Employment
Media Developer 2.7 years
Software Developer 2.7 years
Java Developer 2.3 years
Developer 2.2 years
PHP Developer 2.1 years
Web Developer 2.1 years
Android Developer 2.0 years
J2ee Developer 1.8 years
Java Web Developer 1.8 years
IOS Developer 1.8 years
Game Developer 1.7 years
PHP Web Developer 1.7 years
Junior Developer 1.4 years
Top Employers Before
Developer 4.3%
Internship 2.1%
Engineer 1.9%
Programmer 1.7%
Top Employers After
Developer 3.3%
Engineer 3.0%
Internship 1.7%
Programmer 1.5%

Android Developer Demographics

Gender

Male

71.2%

Female

19.6%

Unknown

9.2%
Ethnicity

White

50.4%

Asian

35.1%

Hispanic or Latino

8.1%

Unknown

4.8%

Black or African American

1.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

28.1%

Mandarin

17.2%

Chinese

10.9%

French

10.9%

Cantonese

6.3%

Japanese

6.3%

German

4.7%

Arabic

3.1%

Korean

3.1%

Portuguese

1.6%

Polish

1.6%

Russian

1.6%

Carrier

1.6%

Thai

1.6%

Italian

1.6%
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Android Developer Education

Schools

New York University

8.6%

University of Texas at Dallas

8.6%

Texas A&M University

8.0%

Maharishi University of Management

7.5%

Carnegie Mellon University

5.9%

Purdue University

5.3%

Arizona State University

4.8%

State University of New York Buffalo

4.8%

University of Florida

4.8%

Illinois Institute of Technology

4.3%

University of Texas at Arlington

4.3%

San Jose State University

4.3%

University of California - San Diego

4.3%

Syracuse University

3.7%

University of Maryland - College Park

3.7%

University of Iowa

3.7%

Northeastern University

3.7%

Northwestern Polytechnic University

3.2%

University of Southern California

3.2%

Cornell University

3.2%
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Majors

Computer Science

49.5%

Computer Engineering

17.5%

Electrical Engineering

7.9%

Information Technology

6.6%

Computer Information Systems

2.9%

Engineering

2.5%

Computer Applications

1.8%

Information Systems

1.8%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.6%

Business

1.4%

Computer Engineering Technology

1.0%

Information Sciences

1.0%

Mathematics

0.9%

Mechanical Engineering

0.7%

Management Information Systems

0.6%

Economics

0.5%

Physics

0.5%

Biology

0.4%

Biomedical Engineering

0.4%

Marketing

0.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

53.2%

Masters

34.6%

Other

6.7%

Associate

2.4%

Certificate

1.1%

Doctorate

1.1%

Diploma

0.9%

License

0.1%
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Real Android Developer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Lead Android Developer Prosperworks, Inc. San Francisco, CA Nov 29, 2016 $180,000
Android Developer Populus Group New York, NY Jul 06, 2015 $177,395
Android Developer Populus Group LLC New York, NY Feb 11, 2016 $177,395
Android Application Developer Judge Technical Services, Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 16, 2015 $166,960
Lead Android Developer Tophatter, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Jun 22, 2016 $164,382
Android Developer Upthere Palo Alto, CA Oct 14, 2015 $160,000 -
$180,000
Android Developer Populus Group New York, NY Jul 06, 2015 $156,525
Android Developer Valtech Solutions Inc. Dallas, TX Oct 09, 2015 $156,000
Android Framework Developer Barnes & Noble.Com Santa Clara, CA May 30, 2015 $153,200
Android Framework Developer Barnes&Noble.Com Santa Clara, CA Nov 20, 2015 $148,803 -
$160,000
Android Developer Flipboard, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Sep 06, 2016 $145,000
Lead Android Developer Mighty Software Inc. Palo Alto, CA Mar 30, 2016 $142,500 -
$160,000
Lead Android Developer Skout, Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 06, 2016 $139,000
Android Developer Charter Global, Inc. San Jose, CA Jul 29, 2016 $102,149 -
$120,000
Android Developer Sysintelli, Inc. Wilmington, DE Sep 29, 2015 $102,000
Android Developer Sysintelli Inc. Dallas, TX Dec 31, 2016 $102,000
Android Developer Sysintelli Inc. Dallas, TX Mar 02, 2016 $102,000
Lead Android Developer Today Tix, Inc. New York, NY Apr 25, 2016 $102,000 -
$180,000
Android Developer Charter Global, Inc. Pleasanton, CA Mar 19, 2016 $101,000
Android Developer Prokarma, Inc. Pleasanton, CA Sep 14, 2015 $100,360 -
$110,000
Android Developer Goodrx, Inc. Santa Monica, CA Jul 07, 2015 $84,781 -
$92,700
Android Developer Goodrx, Inc. Santa Monica, CA Jun 22, 2015 $84,781 -
$92,700
Software Developer/Android Developer Idexcel, Inc. Arlington, TX Jul 03, 2016 $84,000
Android Developer Mobileaware USA Inc. Boston, MA Sep 25, 2015 $83,533
Android Developer Teksystems, Inc. Dearborn, MI Sep 08, 2015 $82,437
Android APP. Developer Prodea Systems, Inc. Richardson, TX Jun 20, 2016 $81,952
Android Application Developer Prodea Systems, Inc. Richardson, TX Jun 20, 2016 $81,952
Ios/Android Application Developer Prodea Systems, Inc. Richardson, TX Jun 20, 2016 $81,952

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Top Skills for An Android Developer

UserInterfaceApplicationDevelopmentAndroidAPIAndroidSDKWebServicesJsonXMLSqliteEclipseIDECustomHtmlGITLayoutsGoogleMapsAPILinkDdmsSQLAsyncGPSADTPlug-In

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Top Android Developer Skills

  1. User Interface
  2. Application Development
  3. Android API
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Designed and developed Mobile Media application for Android mobile devices with extensive user interface development.
  • Write technical specifications and maintain all reports pertaining to application development process.
  • Used Android API's for accessing phone contacts.
  • Created and published native Android applications using Java and the Android SDK for tablets phones and.
  • Used XML Web Services for transferring and retrieving data from different applications.

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