Web & Mobile Application Development
The latest mobile devices and applications are changing the way we communicate, do business and access news and entertainment. Businesses, consumers and programmers have embraced this innovative technology, making mobile application development one of the most demanded and fastest growing IT careers.
Mobile developers write programs inside of a mobile development environment using the Objective C, C++, C# or Java programming languages. A mobile app developer chooses the mobile platform they will develop for, such as Google’s Android or Apple’s iOS, then learns the programming languages and software development environment for that platform..
Currently, there are 5 major mobile platforms, each with its own core language(s) and development environment:
Businesses typically develop mobile applications for multiple platforms at once, to maximize market penetration and return on investment—so the more mobile development platforms you learn and master, the more sought-after you become as a professional mobile application developer. As you can see from the graph below, Android & iOS dominate the market, making these platforms the ideal place to focus your mobile application development education.
Mobile Application Developer Job Outlook
The mobile device market is growing at breakneck speeds. Some experts even compare the mobile movement of the 2010’s to the Internet explosion of the mid 1990’s! This growth is feeding the increased demand for mobile application developers. As smartphones and tablets change the way people communicate, do business, shop and access news & entertainment, the demand for new and innovative mobile applications will continue to rise as mobile devices become more capable.
This rapid growth of mobile apps is creating a host of employment opportunities for both corporate and freelance mobile application developers.
According to hiring managers and IT recruiters, the demand for skilled & talented mobile application developers still far exceeds the supply. Some of the most popular industries hiring mobile app developers include video game studios, advertising and marketing firms that aim to build branded application for clients, media firms that recognize mobile as a powerful content distribution channel, government agencies and financial institutions that want to bring their core services to mobile users, software development firms and real estate agencies.
The job market for mobile application developers is expected to skyrocket by 32% from 2010 through 2020, creating close to 300,000 new positions and heralding one of the decade’s largest increases for any occupation (IT or otherwise). The lion’s share of these opportunities will be in Android and iOS app development as these giants represent close to 90% of all smartphones in circulation in the U.S.
At New Horizons, we’re talking about web and mobile app development—and not just with a variety of clients, but with leading vendors—about industry trends and real-life challenges. And because of our close partnership with Microsoft, New Horizons is positioned to help businesses like yours leverage our knowledge experts to discuss strategies, implementation and troubleshooting.
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