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Working As A Mobile Applications Developer

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

  • $82,366

    Average Salary

What Does A Mobile Applications 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 Applications 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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Mobile Applications Developer Career Paths

Mobile Applications Developer
Mobile Consultant Consultant Consultant/Project Manager
Application Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Mobile APP Developer Senior Software Engineer
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Android Developer Lead Technician Senior Manager
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
IOS Developer Senior Engineer Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Mobile Consultant Sales Consultant Design Consultant
Director Of User Experience
10 Yearsyrs
Solutions Architect Senior Manager Senior Information Technology Manager
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
IOS Developer Founder Founder And Chief Executive Officer
President & Chief Technology Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Java Developer Lead Technician Business Analyst
Product Owner
9 Yearsyrs
Lead Developer Senior Consultant Development Manager
Senior Development Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Mobile Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Android Developer Senior Java Developer
Senior Web Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Lead Developer Project Leader Product Manager
Technical Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior IOS Developer Lead Developer Manager Applications Development
Vice President Of Application Development
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Java Developer Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Android Developer Lead Developer Director Of Software Development
Vice President Of Software Engineering
14 Yearsyrs
Solutions Architect Software Development Manager Director Of Software Development
Vice President, Software Development
11 Yearsyrs
Senior IOS Developer Architect Senior Project Manager
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
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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
Java Web Developer 1.7 years
Junior Developer 1.4 years
Top Careers Before Mobile Applications Developer
Developer 4.4%
Internship 2.6%
Engineer 2.4%
Programmer 2.3%
Consultant 2.1%
Top Careers After Mobile Applications Developer
Developer 3.8%
Consultant 2.1%
Internship 1.3%
Engineer 1.2%

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Mobile Applications Developer Demographics

Gender

Male

74.4%

Female

20.0%

Unknown

5.6%
Ethnicity

White

44.3%

Asian

28.2%

Hispanic or Latino

12.7%

Black or African American

9.4%

Unknown

5.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

34.8%

Japanese

15.2%

Mandarin

13.0%

Chinese

8.7%

German

6.5%

French

4.3%

Russian

4.3%

Hebrew

2.2%

Carrier

2.2%

Tagalog

2.2%

Cantonese

2.2%

Korean

2.2%

Kazakh

2.2%
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Mobile Applications Developer Education

Schools

University of Georgia

13.1%

Syracuse University

8.3%

New York University

8.3%

University of Delaware

7.1%

University of Texas at Dallas

6.0%

Full Sail University

6.0%

Arizona State University

4.2%

Texas A&M University

4.2%

Purdue University

4.2%

George Washington University

3.6%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.6%

Temple University

3.6%

Texas Tech University

3.6%

Ohio State University

3.6%

George Mason University

3.6%

Kennesaw State University

3.6%

DePaul University

3.6%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

3.6%

University of Illinois at Chicago

3.6%

University of California - Berkeley

3.0%
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Majors

Computer Science

47.3%

Computer Engineering

14.6%

Information Technology

7.5%

Electrical Engineering

6.4%

Computer Information Systems

3.9%

Business

3.0%

Information Systems

2.5%

Engineering

2.5%

Computer Applications

2.3%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.5%

Information Sciences

1.3%

Management Information Systems

0.9%

Computer Engineering Technology

0.9%

Mathematics

0.9%

Education

0.8%

Graphic Design

0.8%

Science, Technology, And Society

0.7%

Computer Programming

0.7%

Management

0.6%

Economics

0.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

51.7%

Masters

33.5%

Other

8.5%

Associate

3.2%

Certificate

1.4%

Doctorate

1.2%

Diploma

0.4%
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Real Mobile Applications Developer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Staff Mobile Application Developer Samsung Semiconductor, Inc. San Jose, CA Dec 26, 2016 $175,000
Staff Mobile Application Developer-Android, Digital Health Samsung Semiconductor, Inc. San Jose, CA May 09, 2016 $160,000
SR. Mobile Application Developer 8X8, Inc. San Jose, CA Jul 12, 2015 $160,000
Principal Mobile Application Architect/Developer Prodea Systems, Inc. Richardson, TX Feb 01, 2015 $160,000
Senior Mobile Applications Developer 8X8, Inc. San Jose, CA Mar 17, 2016 $152,776
Software Engineer-Mobile Applications Developer Baidu USA LLC Sunnyvale, CA Aug 24, 2015 $150,000
Mobile Developer Wink, Inc. New York, NY Mar 05, 2015 $150,000
Mobile Developer Viggle, Inc. New York, NY Oct 20, 2015 $140,000
IOS Mobile Developer Replicon Software Inc. Redwood City, CA Mar 16, 2015 $140,000
Software Engineer-Mobile Applications Developer Baidu USA LLC Sunnyvale, CA Sep 20, 2016 $140,000
Ecommerce Production Support Developer, Mobile MacYs.Com, LLC San Francisco, CA Jun 14, 2016 $138,362
Iphone Mobile Developer TP-Link Research America Corp San Jose, CA Sep 14, 2016 $98,885
Mobile Application Developer 8X8, Inc. San Jose, CA Sep 13, 2016 $98,342
IOS Mobile Developer MacYs.Com, Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 24, 2015 $98,102 -
$125,000
Production Support Developer-Mobile MacYs.Com, Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 18, 2015 $98,102 -
$125,000
IOS Mobile Developer Globant, LLC San Francisco, CA Sep 09, 2016 $98,000
Mobile Developer Zenbanx, Inc. Redwood City, CA Aug 22, 2015 $98,000
Android Mobile Developer Globant, LLC San Francisco, CA Sep 09, 2016 $98,000
Mobile Application Developer Symplicity Corporation Arlington, VA Aug 25, 2015 $82,500
Mobile Developer Werner Enterprises, Inc. Omaha, NE Jul 09, 2016 $82,300
SR. Enterprise Mobile Applications Developer Cyberbridge International, Inc. Schaumburg, IL Aug 27, 2016 $82,000
SR. Enterprise Mobile Applications Developer Cyberbridge International Schaumburg, IL Sep 10, 2015 $82,000
Mobile Developer Boardvantage, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Sep 08, 2015 $82,000
Mobile Developer Techaspect Solutions Inc. Canton, MI Dec 09, 2016 $82,000
Mobile Developer Boardvantage, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Aug 09, 2015 $82,000
Mobile Application Developer The Endurance International Group, Inc. Burlington, MA Aug 15, 2015 $81,900

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Top Skills for A Mobile Applications Developer

  1. Web
  2. Application Development
  3. User Interface
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  • Designed a well received Flash-based website providing a unique presentation of the company's organizational structure in 3D animation.
  • Facilitated the customization of systems by encouraging software engineering team to adopt emerging standards for mobile application development architecture and tools.
  • Implemented highly responsive user interface by drawing views asynchronously.
  • Designed and implemented Data-driven enterprise level iOs applications for a Fortune 500 company client.
  • Created GMU CS website as part of class project using CSS, HTML5 Developed Custom Tags to simplify the JSP code.

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