An Android developer develops software like apps to be used on Android devices and as such are in high demand. They also focus on user experience and even supporting and developing existing platforms. Their skills are both technical and creative as they are behind the coding that makes and determines the functionality of the app and the creative design and layout that attracts the customer to interact with their services.
What Skills do Android Developers Need?
Many of the hard and soft skills an android developer needs are similar to those of any mobile developer, but there are also some Android-specific requirements too.
General Hard Skills for Android Developers:
Ideally a degree at bachelor’s level in computer science, software development or a related field. However increasingly companies don’t look at what your academic record is, and are more interested in apps you have worked on, and apps you have had published
Experience with third-party libraries and APIs
Familiarity with OOP design principles
User Experience (UX) Design – UX design is a skill all mobile developers need to learn, it’s the key to creating a successful product. If you can design an app that has an easy and cohesive user experience built in, then the app will perform better and make more ROI. A poorly designed app with a difficult to use interface will be deleted from a customer’s phone very quickly. The main skills that determine good UX design include:
Easy navigation and user flows
Understanding consumer profiles
User Interface (UI) design – this is what makes the app visually attractive to the user, draws them in to use the interface and individual features. Clean yet dynamic UI design needs to be relevant, visually impactful, relevant and efficient.
Expertise in Java, Kotlin or both
Confident using JDK documentation
Experience with SQL
General soft skills:
Empathy and imagination
What Tools do Android Developers Use?
Some of the tools currently used by Android developers:
Android Debug Bridge (ADB)
How Many Android Developers Are There?
Recent estimates state that there are over 12 million mobile developers and over half of them are android developers.
Different Types of Android Developer Jobs:
Junior Android developer – junior or graduate Android developers work alongside the mobile development team to develop and implement change to either native Android or native iOS applications.
Android Developer – Android Developers will have more ownership than junior developers on the development process.
Senior/Lead Android developer – Usually requires 4+ years’ experience with Java and Kotlin and is usually expected to impart knowledge and guidance for the rest of the team of developers. They will have solid software development and user experience design skills.
Salary Expectations for Android Developers:
In the UK, Android developers can expect to earn on average between £35,000 – £75,000 dependent on experience, with leads being paid potentially more.
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