Benefits of Learning Mobile Development
Did you know that you spend more time checking out your apps than cooking food or exercising? On average, a person spends 50 minutes per day on Facebook, Instagram and Messenger, claims Mark Zuckerberg on Forbes. Compare this with data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics concerning how long we spend on various other tasks per day: exercising (19.2 minutes), reading for interest (17.4 minutes), preparing food (35.4 minutes).
Truth is, we spend our days glued to our smartphones, and a lot of that time on mobile apps. No wonder app developers are paid so well and their skills are in such high demand. Read on to find out other benefits of learning mobile development.
1. High Salaries
The average US annual salary for Android Developers is $97,986, according to Glassdoor. When it comes to iOS or the development of Apple apps, the average annual salary is even higher at $107,829. That's pretty good if you consider that the average annual income for someone with a doctorate in the US is roughly $81,400, claims the US Census Bureau.
2. App Revenue On The UP
It's no surprise that salaries for mobile development are high when one considers app revenue and its future. Here's a graph showing worldwide app revenue growth in 2015, 2016 and projected growth in 2020, from The Statistics Portal.
Mobile apps are projected to earn $188,9 billion in revenue via app stores and in-app advertising by 2020. Take a look at how the projected growth in 2020 is more than double the revenue in 2016 in the graph above.
3. Demand For App Developers Rising
Tech jobs are in high demand: there's an anticipated 12% growth in tech employment by 2024 (compared with 6,5% projected growth in other industries). By 2024, there will be 48,500 additional tech jobs. Mobile Application Development is included in the 13 top tech skills for 2018. Says Scott Stiner of UM Technologies and a member of the Forbes Technology Council: 'Successful app developers should be fluent in multiple programming languages, including Java, HTML5, Objective-C, C++, C#, Python and Swift. Also, app developers with UX and UI design skills can offer much more value for project management.'
This will become even more true as wearable technologies and the Internet of Things (IoT) continues to grow. Wearable technology isn't just a pair of headphones or a cool digital watch; instead, wearables contain web connections and smart sensors to tap wirelessly into your smartphones. They will help you achieve goals, including fitness, organization, weight loss etc. IoT refers to the connection of devices - e.g. heart monitors, kitchen appliances, alarm systems - to the Internet. There will need to be apps for all these future technologies.
4. Flexible Working Conditions
Here's another benefit of learning mobile development: flexible working conditions. You can work as a freelancer or for a large company. Because your skills are in high demand, you'll also be able to dictate your working hours. Technology has also made it easier for freelancers to find work online in mobile development.
5. No Start-up Costs
Developing Android apps has particular benefits. Firstly, it's cheaper to develop apps for Android. There's no annual fee, unlike the Apple platform, which charges you a set fee each year. Secondly, the Software Development Kit, or SDK, is free. And these development tools offer advantages because Android Studio runs cross-platform – i.e. on both Mac and Windows machines unlike iOS, which only runs on Mac.
HyperionDev offers a Mobile Developer Bootcamp where you learn how to build Android apps for the Google Play Store and can get accredited by Google. Upon completion of this course, you will be able to take the Google Associate Android Developer exam externally (the bootcamp curriculum is aligned to this exam), and have your skills recognized worldwide with this international certification.
With a HyperionDev Mobile Developer Bootcamp, you'll learn how to:
- Develop software in Java and Android.
- Understand the fundamentals of working with application components and User Interface (UI) design.
- Build and deploy your apps in Android Studio.
- Develop apps using Google's material design principles to build apps that will function across multiple devices.
- Develop apps using the latest available Android technologies to implement unique features such as facial recognition and reactive applications.
- Apply the best practices for app efficiency, code readability, testing, memory and power management.
- Design multiple apps that are ready for deployment on the Google Play Store.
Sign up today for a free trial with this Mobile Developer Bootcamp. You will experience how HyperionDev's mentor-led online education will quickly get you up to speed and employable as a mobile developer in only 6 months.
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