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How to become a Mobile App Developer

Mobile App Developer
avg. starting salary

Disappointed by your latest download? There’s an app a job for that… Mobile App Developers design and develop applications for a host of mobile platforms and devices including Windows, Android and Apple. These could include games and applications to improve health and fitness, through to news services and informative applications, and everything in between. Without them there would be no Google Maps, Flappy Birds or Candy Crush or (although this may be comforting to those still stuck on level 100). Although specific responsibilities vary, key duties could include:
  • Drawing up plans and creating prototypes for new applications
  • Building applications, taking into consideration specific usability requirements across a variety of different platforms
  • Testing all areas of the programme
  • Meeting all requirements to release the application online
  • Using all feedback to help improve program, fix any bugs that occur and make sure that all content is updated to improve usability

Like any other form of software development, the people behind best-selling mobile applications have a knack for solving puzzles and finding innovative ways to create a final product. Aside from being highly competent in writing code, you’ll need to have a natural passion for programming and a steadfast discipline to be a successful developer. Creativity is similarly essential, and you will often have to think outside the box to come up with exciting and innovative ideas. Other key skills and attributes include:
  • A strong foundation in various programming languages
  • Good communication skills
  • The ability to remain objective, and always provide a good user experience
  • Excellent team working and time management skills
  • Adaptability, and the ability to keep up-to-date with developments in mobile technology


Junior App Developer

Up to £24,000

Senior Developer

Up to £40,000

Software Development Manager

Up to £50,000

"Mobile app development isn't for the faint of heart- it requires a good level of discipline, and can be frustrating. Writing and troubleshooting code for long lengths of time may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but for me it’s like solving a huge puzzle. For someone who has always been obsessed with technology and computers since I was a kid, this is definitely my dream job."

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