As smartphone revolution continues to bedazzle the world with its pace and magnanimity, companies are scrambling to register their presence on the mobile platform. This has led to the flooding of dominant mobile platforms with different types of mobile applications. The future therefore holds immense promise for mobile application developers, and if you are thinking of taking it as a career in 2014, this guest post is just the right place to start with.
Why Mobile application development?
According to an estimate, there will be total 1.75 billion smartphone users globally in 2014. A majority of this user base will be owing to new users opting to go “smart” with their mobile phones. But what exactly make these devices are not their snazzy designs, or high-end hardware specifications. It is actually the applications that enable a user to utilize that hardware which in turn makes the phone useful. So with smartphone users increasing in hordes, there is little doubt over the fact that application developers will also require to scale up their numbers. Hence, mobile application development is going to become a top notch job in 2014, well-paid and highly sought after.
Anyone considering making a foray into the burgeoning IT sector should strongly consider beginning as a mobile app developer. Besides, a report by ITCareerFinder.com has clearly named mobile application development as the top IT profession for the entire decade to come, i.e throughout 2020, with the IT industry adding around 300,000 professionals in these positions by this time. There is a huge skill gap, where there are simply more job openings than skilled and educated mobile developers to fill them. This is also forcing companies to pay up handsome salaries to professionals. A top earner in professional mobile app development commands as much as $115,000.
How to become a top-notch mobile developer?
Moving from the why to how, there are a lot of elements that go on to make a top-notch mobile app developer. Since its all software, you need to have a sound understanding of computers, coding, debugging programs and stuff like that. To state in simple words, mobile app developers should have at least a bachelor degree in computer science or a diploma in one of the dominant programming languages. Such short term diploma courses are available dime a dozen in private training institutes. However, you must be cautious while choosing the institute and take note of its reputation, testimonials and alumni before making the final choice.
Currently there are only three dominant smartphone platforms in the market that include iOS, Android, and Windows. Out of these, Android is leading and has more than double the market share of all other platforms combines. This huge difference is owing to the open source nature of Android. This also makes a strong case for preferring Android over other platforms to become a mobile application developer. The opportunities are simply endless, which are not confined only to only mobile application development, but also has scope in hardware solutions.
Training for Mobile app development
Although there are a number of online courses available for training in android, it is only through a good Android application development course that one can expect to gain a hands-on experience in creating workable mobile apps. The training institutes provide the learner with a wider view of the entire process and also help in development of creative and analytical skills, which are highly needed in the job market. Since Android application development is still in its infancy, therefore, a holistic experience is extremely important and can be had only from classroom environment.
Java is the prominent language which is used in Android application development. Other languages such as HTML, CSS should also be learned to become an adept professional. If you are going for iOS development over Android then you must be proficient in C, C++, and Objective C.
You can also take the help of a mentor, who can guide you with the entire process of creating and launching the apps on either the Play store or the iTunes store. The only benefit that Apple has over Android is that most of the applications on the iTunes store are paid, which also means that you will earn better. However, if you have made a good app , then people will be willing to pay a price for it, irrespective of the platform.
Saurabh Tyagi is an expert writer having interest in diverse topics like education, breakthrough technologies, and Web 2.0. He is a social media enthusiast and a self-confessed gadget-freak, who loves to follow the latest happenings in the tech world.