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Is Mobile App Development a Good Career?

By James Effarah

Posted on: 18 May 2019

Mobile apps are on the rise. But that’s not news to anyone. What’s more, is that there is a crazy amount of different platforms, all needing mobile app developers with different skill sets.

Windows, Apple, iOS, Android and SaaS developers are all in high demand, and as the world adopts more and more technology, this demand will rise.

So is mobile app development a good career?

The short answer, YES!

From a job security and job growth stand-point, it's one of the best careers you can possibly imagine. The pay is competitive, and your career will help modernize the world.

But let’s get down to the day-to-day nitty-gritty parts of the job.


The Life of a Mobile App Developer

Sometimes it’s not what you do but for whom you do it for that makes a job fun and fulfilling. With so many mobile app development firms out there, it’s not that hard to find a job, but finding the right job is what gets tricky.

Mobile app developers are creators. In a way, we are all artists and we create applications that help others solve problems.

When you’re stuck at a mobile app development agency building an app that you completely disagree with, or hate the approach to building said app, or if you just plain old dislike your boss/ company morals, then obviously you’re going to have a hard time feeling passionate about your job.

If you love mobile app development, and you are just starting your career, it is absolutely necessary to find the right app development firm.

We can’t stress this enough. Nothing will make you rethink your profession than a bad experience at something you love.

Okay, this info is great and all, but what about those that don’t even know where to start?

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How to Start a Career in Mobile App Development

The beauty of a project based job such as mobile app development is that you don’t necessarily need a computer science degree. Sure, it helps to have a formal education to show that you can sit there for four years and diligently learn the tricks of the trade, but honestly, what mobile app development agencies are looking for is a solid portfolio. Even a plumber can become a successful mobile app developer with how much information is available!

You may be asking, how can I build my portfolio?


Once you have a basic knowledge of code and app development, start building things!

Some easy mobile apps to build for your portfolio are:

Call your friends and family and see if anyone needs some free or fairly cheap work done! Put yourself out there and start building. You’d be surprised how much more you will learn by building real-world applications as opposed to school.

Once you have a few solid apps that are in use or not, throw them up on a portfolio and start impressing your future employers.

Get out there!

To get started building mobile apps, you really only need some basic coding knowledge.

The basic code to know are as follows:

That’s really it.

Once you have a solid grasp on these basic building blocks, you’ll be able to adapt and grow as new programming languages are developed and new trends arise for mobile apps.


How to Choose the Right Path in a Mobile App Development Career

Developers have many options nowadays when it comes to choosing a career path. You can choose to build native mobile apps for iOS, or Android, or even multi-platform software applications build on frameworks such as Node.js or React.js.

There are also many types of mobile app developers.

These are front-end developers, back-end developers, and full-stack developers.

Back-End Developers

Back-end developers live in… the back-end. They handle the logic and the “engine” of the mobile app. They opt to code in Python, Ruby, PHP, Java, .Net, and/or newer back-end JavaScript frameworks such as React/Redux, or Node.js.

Back-end developers also work in linking mobile apps to databases. This server-side work can be broken down into two fields, SQL and NoSQL. The details between the two are not very relevant for the purpose of this article but in sort, SQL lays out data similar to a grid or excel sheet, and NoSQL is object-oriented and usually has a more flexible JSON layout.

Front-End Developer

Front-end developers work on the client side - what your users actually see. Front-end developers focus on building beautiful user interfaces (UI) and work towards improving user experience (UX).

HTML, CSS, and JavaScript will be the majority of the code used in the front-end.

Full-Stack Developer

Full-stack development is becoming more and more popular. With the introduction of modern JavaScript frameworks such as Node.js and React.js/Redux, developers can now use JavaScript on the front-end as well as the back-end, making it much easier to work seamlessly across both ends and only needing to know one programming language to do so.


Mobile App Development is a Great Career

To sum it all up, mobile app development is a very fulfilling career. Once you’ve built a solid portfolio of apps and projects, and you’ve found a firm that lines up with your personal methods for coding, then you are set for a very successful life and career in mobile development.

If you are interested in beginning a career in mobile app development in the Glendale, CA or Greater Los Angeles area, feel free to submit a resume and preferably a link to your portfolio. Our team at mobileforming would love to see what you can bring to the table and how we can grow together in building amazing mobile apps for amazing world-class clients.