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Working As A Mobile APP Developer

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

  • $81,261

    Average Salary

What Does A Mobile APP 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 A Mobile APP 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
Software Developer 2.6 years
Developer 2.2 years
PHP Developer 2.1 years
Web Developer 2.0 years
Android Developer 1.8 years
IOS Developer 1.7 years
Game Developer 1.6 years
Junior Developer 1.4 years
Top Careers Before Mobile APP Developer
Internship 5.5%
Developer 5.2%
Consultant 2.7%
Programmer 2.5%
Top Careers After Mobile APP Developer
Internship 4.5%
Developer 4.1%
Consultant 3.2%
Volunteer 2.7%
Engineer 2.3%

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Mobile APP Developer Demographics

Gender

Male

72.7%

Female

19.8%

Unknown

7.5%
Ethnicity

White

44.4%

Asian

27.0%

Hispanic or Latino

14.5%

Black or African American

8.6%

Unknown

5.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

28.6%

French

23.8%

German

9.5%

Italian

9.5%

Swedish

4.8%

Portuguese

4.8%

Chinese

4.8%

Dutch

4.8%

Japanese

4.8%

Arabic

4.8%
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Mobile APP Developer Education

Schools

Oklahoma State University

9.1%

San Jose State University

6.1%

University of California - Santa Cruz

6.1%

University of Texas at Austin

6.1%

Syracuse University

4.5%

University of Florida

4.5%

University of Kentucky

4.5%

Temple University

4.5%

Boston University

4.5%

Harvard University

4.5%

University of California - Davis

4.5%

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

4.5%

Johns Hopkins University

4.5%

University of Toledo

4.5%

University of Houston

4.5%

Maharishi University of Management

4.5%

University of Texas at Dallas

4.5%

University of Iowa

4.5%

Arkansas State University

4.5%

Cornell University

4.5%
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Majors

Computer Science

43.8%

Computer Engineering

12.7%

Information Technology

6.5%

Electrical Engineering

5.9%

Business

5.3%

Computer Information Systems

3.1%

Engineering

2.8%

Marketing

2.8%

Information Systems

2.5%

Management Information Systems

1.6%

Computer Networking

1.6%

Computer Applications

1.6%

Animation

1.6%

Entertainment Business

1.2%

Management

1.2%

Communication

1.2%

Psychology

1.2%

Public Relations

1.2%

Information Sciences

1.2%

Photography

0.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

52.5%

Masters

27.2%

Other

13.4%

Certificate

2.4%

Associate

1.9%

Doctorate

1.7%

Diploma

1.0%
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Real Mobile APP Developer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
APP Programmer/Developer Ciber, Inc. Richardson, TX Sep 15, 2015 $156,000
Senior Mobile Apps Developer (IOS or Android) Best Buy Co., Inc. Seattle, WA Oct 26, 2015 $140,000
Mobile Apps Developer (IOS or Android) Best Buy Co., Inc. Seattle, WA Jun 07, 2016 $131,200
APP Programmer/Developer Ciber, Inc. Washington, DC Jul 04, 2016 $131,040
Senior Mobile APP Developer Code and Theory LLC New York, NY Jan 02, 2016 $130,000
Mobile Apps Developer (IOS or Android) Best Buy Enterprise Services, Inc. Seattle, WA Aug 01, 2015 $128,000
APP Programmer/Developer Ciber, Inc. Durham, NC Aug 22, 2016 $123,780
APP Programmer/Developer Ciber, Inc. Durham, NC Aug 29, 2016 $123,780
APP Programmer/Developer Ciber, Inc. Dearborn, MI Jul 09, 2016 $115,999
ERP APP Programmer/Developer Ciber, Inc. Bethlehem, PA Mar 10, 2016 $115,874
ERP APP Programmer/Developer Ciber, Inc. Orlando, FL Jun 27, 2016 $115,000 -
$130,000
APP Programmer/Developer Ciber, Inc. Allen Park, MI Jan 11, 2016 $111,779
APP Programmer/Developer Ciber, Inc. Allen Park, MI Jul 09, 2016 $111,779
ERP APP Programmer/Developer Ciber, Inc. Orlando, FL Jul 25, 2016 $110,000 -
$130,000
APP Programmer/Developer Ciber, Inc. Dearborn, MI Sep 03, 2016 $90,209
APP Programmer/Developer Ciber, Inc. Dearborn, MI Mar 09, 2016 $90,209
APP Programmer/Developer Ciber, Inc. Durham, NC Jun 20, 2016 $90,000
Associate Mobile APP Developer Sandisk Corporation Milpitas, CA Sep 13, 2015 $90,000
APP Programmer/Developer Ciber, Inc. Dearborn, MI Aug 08, 2016 $89,741
APP Programmer/Developer Ciber, Inc. Nashville, TN Mar 21, 2016 $88,000
APP Programmer/Developer Ciber, Inc. Dearborn, MI Aug 10, 2015 $79,911
APP Developer Ciber, Inc. Dearborn, MI Jul 09, 2016 $78,332
Software Engineer/Mobile APP Developer HRB Professional Resources LLC Kansas City, MO Apr 22, 2016 $76,023
Software Engineer/Mobile APP Developer HRB Professional Resources LLC Kansas City, MO Feb 24, 2016 $76,023
APP Programmer/Developer Ciber, Inc. Dearborn, MI Jul 27, 2015 $75,445
APP Programmer/Developer Ciber, Inc. Dearborn, MI Jun 08, 2016 $75,445
APP Programmer/Developer Ciber, Inc. Baton Rouge, LA Jul 25, 2015 $75,000
Apps Programmer II/Developer II Altegra Health Operating Company Chicago, IL Nov 09, 2016 $74,180

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Top Skills for A Mobile APP Developer

  1. Web
  2. Application Development
  3. IOS Platform
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  • Identify methods for interfacing Web application technologies with enterprise resource planning or other system software.
  • Founded IT consulting firm which provides mobile application development and IT services.
  • Develop a Smart Parking System application on iOS platform to help user reserve parking space remotely.
  • Implemented layout of user interface maintained efficiently through fragments.
  • Use Google Maps API to provide base map and realize high efficiency self developed algorithm to find drivers for the passenger.

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  3. Washington
  4. Florida
  5. New York
  6. District of Columbia
  7. New Hampshire
  8. Massachusetts
  9. Colorado
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