This post originally ran on Galileo University’s Android Developer site.
In an increasingly globalized world, mobile apps have changed the way we conduct business, socialize and entertain. This worldwide connectivity has enabled developers to be key actors in the way the economy is being shaped, by giving them the tools to create innovative ideas and distribute them to the app market.
This is one of the main reasons why being an Android Developer is both satisfying and necessary. Technology is a fast-growing sector of the US economy and companies are looking for new ideas to improve user experience and stand out from the competition.
Learning about programming and software development allows people from different educational backgrounds to build a professional profile with highly in-demand skills.
Businesses are investing in apps development
Both mobile usage and apps markets keep growing, and small businesses have detected the enormous advantage of being part of this consumption trend. According to a recent survey made by Clutch, almost half of small businesses will be likely to have a mobile app by 2017 or later.
Apps enable both big and small businesses to increase sales by giving users a quick way to access the company’s products, create engagement and enhance customer experience by offering a direct interaction with the company. It also allows companies to be more competitive in a specific market.
Software Applications Development has one of the best job projections for the next decade with a growth rate of 18.8%. According to these employment projections, there will be 135,300 new positions for App developers by the year 2024.
Android Developers are more demanded
Android has dominated the global smartphone operating system market share for several years now. According to research company Gartner, in the second Quarter of 2016, Android led worldwide new smartphones sales by 86.2%.
As a free and open operating system, Android allows app developers to generate new ideas and work with a wide range of smartphones to open up hardware options, as companies supply a great variety of devices to choose from and high-end devices become more affordable.
The Job of an Android Developer
Android developers are in charge of creating effective mobile applications by translating designs and wireframes into high quality codes. They also must ensure the best possible performance and responsiveness of the application. According to Paysa, the average base salary of Android Developers is $89K per year, ranging from $68K to $112K.
Throughout the process of creating an Android App, developers are hired to work from the concept and design phases to the software architecture planning, coding and testing phases. A solid understanding of the programming language Java and User Experience (UX) and User Interface (UI) expertise or Front-end and Back-end integration, as well as many other skills, are required.
Becoming a professional Android Developer is a great educational investment, it has an excellent job projection for the next decade and it is by far the most used operating system today. As a Google service we can be sure Android will have improvements to continue satisfying the demands of modern communications.
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