Why mobile app development skills are in high demand

By Robert Half 16th January 2018

We all have our favourite mobile apps, from Pinterest, Instagram, Minecraft to Candy Crush. It's increased demand for mobile apps like these that have made it challenging for firms to find candidates with mobile app development skills.

Add to this a lack of relevant mobile application development training and curriculum offered by higher education today, creating an increasingly competitive hiring market and escalating application developer salary requirements.

The mobile application industry is booming, with total revenues from mobile apps projected to reach $188.9 billion by 2020.

Statistic global mobile app revenues 2015-2020

So it’s no wonder mobile applications developer is one of the most popular and promising jobs today. Want to land one of these coveted positions? Here are the mobile app development skills you’ll need:

Technical skills required for mobile app developers:

  • Hands-on experience developing mobile applications for any of the major platforms (iOS, Android, Windows Phone)
  • Experience coding with Mobile Frameworks such as Xcode, Android SDK, and or Windows Phone App Studio
  • Experience with mobile development languages such as Objective-C, Java for Android, and/or C# for Windows Phone
  • Experience with responsive design for mobile-ready websites
  • Experience with web development languages such as HTML 5, CSS 3, JavaScript frameworks (jQuery, BootStrap, EXT_JS)
  • Experience with mobile app frameworks such as Sencha or PhoneGap

Soft skills for mobile app developers

  • Ability to collaborate well with others
  • Strong interpersonal, written and oral communication skills
  • Project management experience
  • Ability to adapt to an agile development environment
  • Mobile app developer education requirements
  • A college degree is not necessarily required, but a degree in Computer Science or Information Systems will definitely put you toward the top of the applicant list.

So whether you’re looking to switch careers or just to stay on the pulse of new technologies, take note of the list above and look into professional development opportunities for those with mobile app development skills – your current or future hiring manager is sure to be impressed with your motivation!

In addition to information on a mobile app developer salary and a mobile app development job description, you’ll find information on starting salaries for IT and technology jobs in our Salary Guide.

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