4 Great Reasons to Pursue a Career in Mobile App Development
Imagine getting to work in a field that's rapidly changing the world yet is still in its earliest days. Mobile application development is exactly that. It's an awe-inspiring new frontier of opportunity for anyone who wants to help expand the creative and technological possibilities of smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices. Here are three of the best reasons why:
1. Explosive Market Growth
People love engaging with technology that makes their lives easier, more productive, better connected, and more entertaining. And the numbers prove it. Check out these stats:
- Around 53 percent of the world's people currently use the Internet on mobile devices.1
- The number of mobile apps that are downloaded worldwide increases by about 10 percent a year.1
- More than three billion smartphones are now in use around the world, and that number continues to grow.2
2. Incredible Variety
Competition for users ensures that device manufacturers and app developers continue to push forward new innovations. And that leads to a stunning diversity of mobile technologies you can learn and projects you can work on.
For example, consider the battle for market share between the Android, iOS, and Windows mobile platforms. Android currently dominates, but iOS still has over 20 percent of the market.3
This competition has led to the development of all types of new device capabilities and applications. From games and social media to news and video to e-books and productivity aides, mobile users can now find an app for almost anything.
But the variety of skills an app developer can learn in this field is equally as impressive. Think of the great enjoyment that can come from diving into fascinating areas like:
- User experience design
- Native, Web, and hybrid application development
- Responsive design
- HTML5 and CSS3
- Programming languages like Java and Objective C
- Location-based services
- Augmented reality
3. Outstanding Salary Potential
In Canada, the median salary for an experienced mobile app developer is $63,246. But it's possible to earn about $86,000 or more.4
And the sky is the limit for what you can make by becoming an independent publisher of your own apps. So it pays to have skills in as many areas of this field as possible. If you know how to develop an app through the stages of conception, planning, design, coding, testing, delivery, and promotion, then you can create a tremendous competitive edge that helps generate a lot of income.
4. Plentiful Training Opportunities
It makes perfect sense: Learning mobile app skills is something you can do from almost anywhere. On-campus and online programs exist to suit almost any type of learner and any type of mobile or web development ambition.
1 We Are Social, The Global State of Digital in October 2019, website last visited on November 25, 2019.
2 Statista, "Number of smartphone users worldwide from 2016 to 2021," website last visited on November 25, 2019.
3 StatCounter, "Mobile Operating System Market Share Worldwide," website last visited on December 4, 2019.
4 PayScale, website last visited on November 25, 2019.