Mobile Application Programmer (Mobile Apps)

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Mobile Application Programmer (Mobile Apps) – Online Jobs

Ten years ago you would’ve probably been tempted to call the police if you saw a woman sitting on a park bench while holding a wallet-sized device, swiping the top of it fervently with her finger, all while laughing and shaking her head in apparent disbelief in regards to what she was seeing.  Today, however, that behavior doesn’t sound so weird; it basically describes a woman who’s probably checking out her Facebook page.

The apps of today that keep our fingers busy while we sit on our respective park benches, couches, and chairs are all brought to you by a little-celebrated team of programmers that create the very apps we use everyday.  These programmers work to develop applications that can be utilized on smartphones like Android and iPhone devices to help individuals find restaurants, chat with friends, check the weather, play games… the possibilities for apps are limitless.  And with new apps arriving all of the time to cater to changes in the market, devices, and technology, the need for application programmers will continue to steadily grow over the coming decade.

So what do you really need to know about app programming in today’s world?  Here are some things that you should consider before jumping right in.

1)     App programming is hard work.  Not only is it hard work once you get started, but just getting there can take years of experience, education and practice.  The vast array of computer programming knowledge that is required of a typical app programmer can seem mindboggling: HTML5, CSS, iOS and PHP are all acronyms that you need to be more than familiar with if you plan on making it in the world of app programming.

2)     App programming is all about the skills.  App programming is a unique sector in that it doesn’t necessarily require someone with a formal education to fill its positions.  You could have a 4.0 GPA from a major university in Computer Science, but if you can’t keep up with the current industry trends and continue to produce results then you’ll be unemployable.  On the flip side, a kid with a GED and no college education that has years of proven experience writing Ruby on Rails would literally have to fight off employers.

3)     Most apps never make a profit.  Sad but true; most apps go through months of development only to end up at the bottom of the app barrel.  According to a survey done by GigaOM Pro on behalf of the Wall Street Journal, 65% of app developers claim they make less than $35,000 on one app.  That may sound like a lot, but that’s one app that’s taken months to develop, racked up a ton of overhead costs, and in many cases employed a small team of programmers to create.  All the associated costs can make that $35,000 disappear rather quickly.

So does app programming sound like the right challenge for you?  It takes hard work, a plethora of knowledge in computer programming and application languages, and endless dedication.  Stick with it, learn as much as you can, and who knows, you might have just what it takes to develop the next big app.  Look at it this way: someone’s got to come up with all of these ever-changing applications.

 

Job Summary: Application programming

  • Suitable for age range: 16+ years old.
  • Safety and security: Minimum safety risks when working with computers, although certain security risks are present.  These include the risk of identity theft, downloading viruses, and other common malicious activity that involves computer usage.
  • Can improve your: Problem-solving, analytical skills, and math skills.
  • Can continue as a career? Application programmers have the skills and talents necessary to pursue a fulfilling career in the software industry.
  • Required soft skills: Ability to work with a team, meet deadlines, and focus on specific tasks.
  • Required hard skills: Building apps requires an in-depth knowledge of several programming languages.  Javascript, Ruby, Objective-C, and C# are the most common languages that the apps of today are using.
  • Resources and network:

o   The New York TimesWhat It Takes to Be an App Developer

o   TeamTreehouse.com – Learn coding online

US News and World Report – Best Computer Science Degrees 2014

o  Google Online University – Online Mobile App Jobs

  • Where & how to find one? Searching online is the best way to find people that are looking for your particular skillset.
  • Estimated pay: Pay typically depends on the success of the app once it hits the market.  Your app could make you tens of thousands of dollars in the first few months, or could actually end up costing you money in developer fees without ever even turning a profit.

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  • Jane

    Great post on mobile app development. I didnt know that most of mobile apps fail at commercial stage. Good points, thanks.

  • Thanks Jane, yes the rate of success in mobile app development is poor. The marketing and commercial plan is the key, what needs to be developed right from the beginning.

  • wayne

    Hello shirin, am considering a career in mobile app development, this is really interested piece thanks

    • Thanks Wayne. I am glad that you enjoyed this post. I tried to be brief on mobile app development for beginners.