what is a mobile developer?

A mobile developer creates applications for various platforms, from design to development and implementation. The applications help users perform simple tasks like sending and receiving emails, social media, health management or online banking.

As a mobile developer, you can build apps on major platforms like iOS, Android or Windows. You optimise the application to work on all devices. Therefore, it is crucial to be conversant with all platforms used by tablets and smartphones to ensure you build software that provides a seamless user experience regardless of the device or platform.

what does a mobile developer do?

A mobile developer works with various designers during development to incorporate appealing features and themes that improve user experience. You also ensure the design and features align with users' needs.

As a mobile developer, you work for software development companies or game developers who design mobile applications. Major platforms like Android and iOS have in-house mobile developers that build new applications and maintain the current apps on the market.

Would working as a mobile developer suit your interest in technology and creative skills? Then read on to find out what competencies and qualifications you need to thrive in a mobile developer role. 

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average salary of a mobile developer

According to Payscale, mobile developers at the start of their career earn ₹294,000 annually. With experience and extra qualifications, earnings rise to an average of ₹450,000 per year. Mobile developers may also receive overtime pay for working extra hours. Those working in full-time positions may enjoy various allowances, including medical insurance and contribution to a pension scheme. Some employers also offer annual bonuses for meeting targets.

what factors affect the salary of a mobile developer?

The project complexity and the employer often influence your salary as a mobile developer. For instance, established platforms like Google's Android and Apple's iOS are likely to pay high salaries. You also work on complex projects for big businesses compared to private developers with minimal resources. The qualifications and experience you acquire working in established companies also improve your salary prospects.

If you have years of experience, an employer will pay more for your expertise than for an entry-level developer with minimal transferable skills. Your location can also affect your earnings; urban centres have a higher demand for mobile developers and a higher cost of living than small towns.

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types of mobile developer

Some areas of focus for mobile developers include:

  • iOS mobile developer: your job is to build applications for iOS devices. You use the iOS programming language, Swift, and the Xcode development environment to create the applications. The Xcode development tools allow you to design native iOS mobile applications using a visual interface builder.
  • android developer: as an Android mobile developer, you create apps for Android-powered devices using Java or Kotlin programming languages. The operating system has a development environment (Android Studio) with all the tools to create a functional application.

working as a mobile developer

Working as a mobile developer requires creativity and problem-solving skills to build and maintain applications. Let's explore the primary duties and work environments of a mobile developer.


education and skills

Some of the routes to becoming a mobile developer include:

  • university course: you can become a mobile developer by completing a bachelor's degree or diploma in computer applications development or a similar field. Qualify for a university course by gaining your 10+2 level with a science stream. Other fields that are relevant to joining a developer role are computer science, financial technology and software engineering.
  • apprenticeship: an apprenticeship in mobile development allows you to join the industry without tertiary education. The apprenticeships available for mobile app developers in India are in creative digital design and software development. You complete the training as you acquire on-the-job skills.
  • training schemes: some mobile developers join the profession from other non-IT courses through trainee schemes with IT companies. You learn app development on the job and start your career as a junior developer. It is crucial to have basic coding skills or an interest in programming languages if you don't have an IT background.

skills and competencies

Some of the competencies and transferrable skills necessary for mobile developers include:

  • computer proficiency: as a mobile developer, you spend hours on your computer developing applications. You require computer proficiency and skills in using software development tools. 
  • coding skills: familiarity with programming languages is crucial for a mobile developer, app development languages like Java or C++ in particular. If you are developing applications for a specific platform, you code in their preferred language. It is important to polish your coding skills and learn new programming languages constantly.
  • cross-platform development skills: as a mobile developer, you develop applications for different platforms and operating systems. Cross-platform development is an important skill since numerous platforms are in daily use. It's essential to be conversant with concepts like reusing code and cross-platform service support.
  • cybersecurity skills: your job is to create safe applications for users. Cybersecurity skills help you determine the security level of your apps and identify solutions to security issues.
  • business skills: as a mobile developer, you have business acumen, including marketing and customer service skills. They help you to develop an app that solves users' needs.

FAQs about working as a mobile developer

Here are some common questions about working as a mobile developer:

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