There are literally millions of apps available today, from music to banking, that help people perform specific tasks. People who create such apps, known as developers, are high in demand. From a job security and job growth standpoint, it’s one of the best careers you can possibly imagine being in. The pay is competitive, and your career will help modernize the world.
What’s this career about?
A mobile application is a software designed for a smart phone or tablet for productivity or entertainment.
An app developer is a computer software engineer whose primary responsibilities include creating, testing and programming apps for mobile phones and other electronic devices. They write programmes inside of a mobile development environment using the Objective C, C++, C# or Java programming languages.
Mobile app development is a little different from general software development. Here resources such as memory, compute cycles, storage and bandwidth are both scarce and precious. Developers first choose the operating system (or mobile platform) such as Google’s Android or Apple’s iOS, then use programming languages such as Java and C++ to develop the necessary specifications for software. Once an app is complete and goes into production, the app developer works on creating patches (upgrades) that are periodically released to the public.
A career in mobile app development presents an excellent opportunity to try new things and satisfy your curiosity. Developers typically specialize in a specific development area, such as mobile phone applications, graphics software, accounting software or office suites. They work for themselves just as often as they work for small, medium and large sized companies, building ‘native’ experiences that allow people to complete tasks, consume content and interact with brands and other people.
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