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Working As A Senior Mobile Developer

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

  • $111,155

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Mobile 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 Senior Mobile 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
Lead Developer 2.5 years
Lead Web Developer 2.4 years
Developer 2.2 years
Top Employers Before
Developer 4.5%
Top Employers After
Architect 3.0%
Developer 2.2%

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Senior Mobile Developer Demographics

Gender

Male

79.8%

Female

17.5%

Unknown

2.6%
Ethnicity

White

46.9%

Asian

24.1%

Hispanic or Latino

12.9%

Black or African American

9.8%

Unknown

6.4%
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Languages Spoken

Indonesian

14.3%

Chinese

14.3%

German

14.3%

French

14.3%

Spanish

14.3%

Mandarin

14.3%

Polish

14.3%
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Senior Mobile Developer Education

Schools

University of Georgia

17.2%

New York University

9.4%

University of Florida

9.4%

University of Texas at Dallas

7.8%

Johns Hopkins University

7.8%

University of North Texas

4.7%

University of Oregon

4.7%

University of Delaware

4.7%

Temple University

4.7%

University of Atlanta

3.1%

Ashford University

3.1%

California State Polytechnic University - Pomona

3.1%

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

3.1%

Texas A&M University

3.1%

University of Iowa

3.1%

Illinois Institute of Technology

3.1%

Texas Tech University

3.1%

Western Washington University

1.6%

Louisiana State University and A&M College

1.6%

Westminster College (Utah)

1.6%
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Majors

Computer Science

33.5%

Computer Engineering

29.9%

Business

4.9%

Computer Applications

4.9%

Computer Information Systems

3.0%

Computer Engineering Technology

3.0%

Science, Technology, And Society

2.4%

Information Technology

2.4%

Electrical Engineering

2.4%

Marketing

1.8%

Computer Networking

1.8%

Engineering

1.8%

Information Sciences

1.2%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.2%

Management Information Systems

1.2%

Business Economics

1.2%

Criminal Justice

1.2%

Sociology

0.6%

Political Science

0.6%

General Education, Specific Areas

0.6%
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Degrees

Masters

47.8%

Bachelors

40.1%

Other

4.4%

Certificate

3.3%

Associate

2.2%

Doctorate

1.6%

Diploma

0.5%
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Real Senior Mobile Developer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Mobile Embedded Developer Research In Motion Corporation Redwood City, CA Apr 20, 2013 $168,000
Senior Mobile Embedded Developer Blackberry Corporation Redwood City, CA Sep 11, 2015 $168,000
Senior Mobile Developer, IOS Zillow, Inc. San Francisco, CA Oct 13, 2016 $156,530 -
$175,890
Senior Mobile Developer Infostretch Corporation Santa Clara, CA Aug 10, 2015 $152,776
Senior Mobile Developer Eatwith Media, Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 07, 2014 $150,000
Senior Mobile Developer IOS Trulia Inc. San Francisco, CA Oct 01, 2015 $142,427
Senior Mobile Developer Atlassian, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Apr 25, 2016 $140,675 -
$190,325
SR. Mobile Game Developer NPNF, Inc. San Francisco, CA Mar 01, 2015 $140,000
SR. Mobile Game Developer NPNF, Inc. San Francisco, CA Feb 15, 2015 $140,000
Senior Mobile Developer Navera, Inc. San Francisco, CA Mar 24, 2016 $140,000
Senior Mobile Developer Navera, Inc. San Francisco, CA Mar 21, 2016 $140,000
Senior Mobile Developer Lathe, Inc. New York, NY Dec 15, 2014 $140,000
SR. Mobile Developer Pearson Education, Inc. Hoboken, NJ Oct 10, 2016 $136,906 -
$143,000
SR. Mobile Developer Pearson Education, Inc. New York, NY Oct 10, 2013 $123,739 -
$125,000
Senior Developer-Mobile Technologies Slalom LLC San Francisco, CA Jun 17, 2014 $121,700 -
$150,000
SR. Mobile Software Developer Ringcentral, Inc. Belmont, CA Sep 15, 2015 $120,000
SR. Mobile Software Developer Ringcentral, Inc. Belmont, CA Sep 12, 2015 $120,000
Senior Mobile Developer Aetherpal Inc. South Plainfield, NJ Jan 12, 2015 $120,000
SR. Mobile Software Developer Ringcentral, Inc. Belmont, CA Dec 09, 2015 $120,000
Senior Mobile Developer-Android Blue Shield of California San Francisco, CA Nov 28, 2016 $98,987
Senior Mobile Developer Esurance Insurance Services, Inc. San Francisco, CA Nov 07, 2016 $98,987 -
$117,770
Senior Mobile Developer Roundarch Isobar, Inc. New York, NY Sep 10, 2015 $97,500
Senior Mobile Developer Roundarch Isobar, Inc. New York, NY Oct 09, 2015 $97,500
Senior Cross Platform Mobile Developer Solstice Consulting LLC Chicago, IL Sep 13, 2016 $97,000
Senior Mobile Developer Esurance Insurance Services, Inc. San Francisco, CA Nov 07, 2016 $96,866 -
$138,362
Senior Cloud/Mobile Developer IBM Corporation Durham, NC Jan 08, 2016 $95,014 -
$130,840
Senior Mobile Developer Super Technology Solutions Inc. Islandia, NY Mar 31, 2016 $93,915

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Top Skills for A Senior Mobile Developer

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  1. Web
  2. User Interface
  3. Html
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  • Developed and Implemented WebServices and used Spring Framework.
  • Developed front-end User Interface by Flex and Action Script create reusable UI component for the client side.
  • Designed business applications using web technologies like HTML4/5, XHTML and CSS2/3 based on the W3C standards.
  • Handled necessary Business logic in Servlets.
  • Implemented mobile automation framework using APPIUM and developed automation test scripts to test IOS and Android platforms.

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