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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

  • $89,000

    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
Applications Developer Senior Software Engineer
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Applications Developer NET Developer Senior Software Engineer
Software Engineer-Team Lead
5 Yearsyrs
Applications Developer Consultant Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Mobile Developer
6 Yearsyrs
IOS Developer Lead Developer Development Manager
Senior Development Manager
10 Yearsyrs
IOS Developer Lead Developer Software Architect
Senior Software Architect
10 Yearsyrs
IOS Developer Lead Developer Founder
Chief Technology Officer & Founder
9 Yearsyrs
Android Developer Senior Engineer Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Android Developer Senior Engineer Technical Manager
Technical Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Android Developer Senior Engineer Vice President Of Engineering
Vice President Of Software Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Java Developer Senior Consultant Business Systems Senior Analyst
Product Owner
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Java Developer Principal Creative Director
Director Of User Experience
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Java Developer Senior Consultant Information Technology Director
Vice President Of Application Development
11 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Development Manager Manager Applications Development
Application Development Director
11 Yearsyrs
Architect Senior Designer Senior User Experience Designer
User Experience Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Architect Senior Systems Engineer Senior Technical Consultant
Principal Technologist
10 Yearsyrs
Architect Senior Programmer Analyst Software Engineer Lead
Software Leader
7 Yearsyrs
Technical Consultant Information Technology Consultant Web Developer
Senior Web Application Developer
7 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Consultant Developer Architect And Developer
Senior Application Architect
9 Yearsyrs
User Interaction Designer User Experience Designer
Product Lead
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Software Developer 2.6 years
Developer 2.2 years
Contract Developer 2.1 years
Web Developer 2.0 years
Android Developer 2.0 years
IOS Developer 1.8 years
Junior Developer 1.4 years
Top Careers Before Mobile Applications Developer
Developer 4.1%
Engineer 2.2%
Internship 2.2%
Programmer 1.7%
Top Careers After Mobile Applications Developer
Developer 4.0%
Consultant 1.4%
Engineer 1.0%

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Average Yearly Salary
$89,000
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$70,000
Min 10%
$89,000
Median 50%
$89,000
Median 50%
$89,000
Median 50%
$89,000
Median 50%
$89,000
Median 50%
$89,000
Median 50%
$89,000
Median 50%
$114,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Barclays Capital
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
California
Avg Experience Level
1.5 years
How much does a Mobile Applications Developer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Mobile Applications Developer in the United States is $89,704 per year or $43 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $70,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $114,000.

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
Principal Mobile Application Architect/Developer Prodea Systems, Inc. Richardson, TX Feb 01, 2015 $160,000
SR. Mobile Application Developer 8X8, Inc. San Jose, CA Jul 12, 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
IOS Mobile Developer Zillow Inc. San Francisco, CA Jan 01, 2016 $138,362 -
$168,750
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
Android Mobile Developer Globant, LLC San Francisco, CA Sep 09, 2016 $98,000
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
Mobile Application Developer Symplicity Corporation Arlington, VA Aug 25, 2015 $82,500
Mobile Developer Werner Enterprises, Inc. Omaha, NE Jul 09, 2016 $82,300
Mobile Developer Techaspect Solutions Inc. Canton, MI Dec 09, 2016 $82,000
Mobile Developer Boardvantage, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Aug 09, 2015 $82,000
SR. Enterprise Mobile Applications Developer Cyberbridge International Schaumburg, IL Sep 10, 2015 $82,000
SR. Enterprise Mobile Applications Developer Cyberbridge International, Inc. Schaumburg, IL Aug 27, 2016 $82,000
Mobile Developer Boardvantage, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Sep 08, 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 Application
  2. User Interface
  3. IOS
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Developed the Legal Entity Identifier web application prototype for an upcoming worldwide Financial Industry Standard body.
  • Implemented primary user interface and used data visualization techniques and libraries to present meaningful metrics to users.
  • Developed update patches, modules and components to mitigate security risks and tested the mobile on both IOS and Android platforms.
  • Developed a web application using technologies like the MEAN stack and html5, all under the guidance of our senior developers.
  • Prepared Software Requirement Document, project requirements, API design and implementation.

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Top 10 Best States for Mobile Applications Developers

  1. California
  2. District of Columbia
  3. Delaware
  4. Texas
  5. Virginia
  6. New York
  7. Washington
  8. Utah
  9. Massachusetts
  10. North Carolina
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Mobile Applications Developer Resume Examples And Tips

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Mobile Applications Developer Demographics

Gender

Male

67.7%

Female

18.1%

Unknown

14.1%
Ethnicity

White

46.7%

Asian

25.2%

Hispanic or Latino

12.7%

Black or African American

10.5%

Unknown

5.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

32.2%

Japanese

13.6%

Mandarin

13.6%

Chinese

8.5%

Russian

6.8%

German

5.1%

Hebrew

3.4%

French

3.4%

Korean

3.4%

Arabic

3.4%

Carrier

1.7%

Tagalog

1.7%

Cantonese

1.7%

Kazakh

1.7%
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Mobile Applications Developer Education

Schools

University of Georgia

14.8%

New York University

7.8%

Monroe College

5.8%

Syracuse University

5.5%

Full Sail University

5.5%

Arizona State University

5.2%

University of Delaware

4.9%

San Jose State University

4.7%

University of Texas at Dallas

4.7%

Purdue University

4.7%

More Tech Institute

4.7%

Georgia State University

4.1%

University of Florida

4.1%

Texas A&M University

3.8%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

3.8%

Kennesaw State University

3.5%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

3.5%

University of South Florida

3.2%

Brandeis University

2.9%

University of Texas at Arlington

2.9%
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Majors

Computer Science

47.7%

Computer Engineering

14.4%

Electrical Engineering

7.7%

Information Technology

7.4%

Computer Information Systems

3.1%

Business

2.7%

Information Systems

2.5%

Computer Applications

2.2%

Engineering

2.1%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.9%

Management Information Systems

1.2%

Graphic Design

1.1%

Science, Technology, And Society

1.0%

Information Sciences

1.0%

Mathematics

0.9%

Computer Engineering Technology

0.8%

Communication

0.7%

Education

0.6%

Management

0.5%

Computer Programming

0.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

53.2%

Masters

34.4%

Other

7.4%

Associate

2.7%

Doctorate

1.0%

Certificate

0.9%

Diploma

0.3%
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