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Working As An IOS Developer

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

  • $78,389

    Average Salary

What Does An IOS 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 IOS 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
C++ Developer 2.4 years
Developer 2.2 years
PHP Developer 2.1 years
IOS Developer 2.0 years
Web Developer 2.0 years
Android Developer 1.8 years
Junior Developer 1.4 years
Top Careers Before IOS Developer
Developer 6.3%
Internship 2.5%
Programmer 1.9%
Top Careers After IOS Developer
Developer 4.9%
Engineer 1.9%
Consultant 1.6%
Assistant 1.1%
Planner 1.0%

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IOS Developer Demographics

Gender

Male

76.6%

Female

16.5%

Unknown

6.8%
Ethnicity

White

40.8%

Asian

31.4%

Hispanic or Latino

13.7%

Black or African American

8.0%

Unknown

6.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

31.3%

French

12.5%

German

8.3%

Chinese

6.3%

Russian

6.3%

Danish

4.2%

Portuguese

4.2%

Japanese

4.2%

Mandarin

4.2%

Swedish

2.1%

Dutch

2.1%

Norwegian

2.1%

Vietnamese

2.1%

Burmese

2.1%

Hindi

2.1%

Polish

2.1%

Arabic

2.1%

Italian

2.1%
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IOS Developer Education

Schools

New York University

9.2%

DePaul University

6.3%

Arizona State University

5.6%

Stanford University

5.6%

University of Texas at Dallas

5.6%

University of Utah

5.6%

George Washington University

4.9%

University of Georgia

4.9%

University of Southern California

4.9%

Full Sail University

4.9%

San Diego State University

4.9%

Cornell University

4.9%

Northwest Missouri State University

4.2%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

4.2%

University of Missouri - Columbia

4.2%

University of Houston

4.2%

Florida International University

4.2%

University of California - Irvine

4.2%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.5%

Polytechnic Institute of New York University

3.5%
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Majors

Computer Science

48.5%

Computer Engineering

13.8%

Electrical Engineering

9.5%

Information Technology

5.3%

Engineering

3.9%

Business

2.8%

Computer Applications

2.7%

Computer Information Systems

2.0%

Information Systems

1.7%

Precision Metal Working

1.2%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.1%

Physics

1.1%

Management Information Systems

0.9%

Management

0.9%

Mechanical Engineering

0.9%

Computer Engineering Technology

0.8%

Mathematics

0.8%

Economics

0.7%

Biomedical Engineering

0.7%

Music

0.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

55.6%

Masters

29.4%

Other

10.0%

Associate

2.4%

Doctorate

1.4%

Certificate

1.1%

Diploma

0.1%
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IOS Developer Videos

Tour of the Apple iOS Developer Program

Career Advice on becoming a Computer Programmer by Misha G (Full Version)

Can I Be A Professional Mobile Developer? (iOS / Android)

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Real IOS Developer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
IOS Developer Indiegogo, Inc. San Francisco, CA Mar 21, 2016 $175,000
IOS Developer Indiegogo, Inc. San Francisco, CA Apr 01, 2016 $165,000
Lead IOS Developer Ziprecruiter, Inc. Santa Monica, CA Oct 20, 2015 $165,000
IOS Developer Wink, Inc. New York, NY Jul 15, 2015 $150,000
IOS Developer Wink, Inc. New York, NY Aug 17, 2015 $150,000
IOS Developer, Premiere Clip Adobe Systems Incorporated San Jose, CA Jun 15, 2015 $145,000
IOS Developer Salesforce.Com, Inc. Santa Monica, CA Aug 15, 2015 $142,000
IOS Developer Chartboost, Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 23, 2016 $140,250 -
$189,750
IOS Developer Scribd San Francisco, CA May 23, 2016 $140,005
IOS Developer Collective Health, Inc. San Mateo, CA Apr 26, 2016 $140,000
IOS Developer Jackthreads, Inc. New York, NY Nov 16, 2015 $140,000
Lead IOS Developer Myflicklist, Inc. Redwood City, CA Sep 01, 2015 $140,000
Lead IOS Developer ZUMA Ventures Management, LLC Santa Monica, CA Jan 02, 2016 $140,000
IOS Developer Scribd, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jan 02, 2016 $138,362 -
$150,000
IOS Developer Sysintelli Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Aug 24, 2016 $98,500
IOS Developer Mobile Apps Enterprises, LLC Mounds View, MN Feb 22, 2016 $98,089
IOS Developer Gracenote San Francisco, CA Jan 29, 2015 $96,900
IOS Developer Boostinsider Inc. Burlingame, CA Oct 01, 2015 $96,000
IOS Developer Boostinsider Inc. Burlingame, CA Jan 10, 2015 $96,000
IOS Developer Charter Global, Inc. Alpharetta, GA Jul 07, 2015 $95,000
IOS Developer The Weather Channel, LLC Atlanta, GA May 14, 2016 $95,000 -
$115,000
IOS Developer Aetherpal Inc. South Plainfield, NJ Sep 30, 2015 $95,000
IOS Developer TSQ Systems Inc. Gold River, CA Jun 09, 2016 $76,482
IOS Developer (Software Engineer) Textme Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 15, 2016 $76,107 -
$96,866
IOS Developer Acuity Brands Lighting Inc. Conyers, GA Nov 07, 2016 $75,338 -
$115,000
IOS Developer Etest It, Inc. Chicago, IL Sep 21, 2016 $75,000
IOS Developer Boardvantage, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Aug 17, 2015 $75,000

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Top Skills for An IOS Developer

  1. Application Store
  2. Custom User Interface
  3. Code Fixes
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  • Worked on Code Review, Code Fixes and bug Fixes.
  • Parsed JSON files and stored them in their respective dictionaries and used them as needed in the application.
  • Created the complete design and UI of the app using UIKit framework for both portrait and landscape mode.
  • Studied interface design for independent application development -Pursued Objective-C programming language
  • Worked on Google Maps API for Reverse Geo coding to drop the pin for an address to the Map View.

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  1. New York
  2. California
  3. Washington
  4. North Carolina
  5. Texas
  6. District of Columbia
  7. Delaware
  8. New Hampshire
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