What is a Mobile Developer?

        A mobile developer develops software to be used on mobile devices and as such are in high demand. They build apps for mobile phone providers such as Apple, Android, Samsung and Microsoft. 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 determines the functionality of the app, the creative design and layout that attracts the customer to interact with their services.

        What Skills do Mobile Developers Need?

        Interestingly, depending on the mobile phone provider, different skills and core languages are required of mobile developers, for example, iOS uses Objective-C and Swift whereas Android prefers Java and Kotlin. There are some hard skills that all mobile developer employers are looking for and they include:

        • Degree at bachelor’s level in computer science, software development or a related field
        • Understanding of (at least) one programming language like Swift or Java
        • Experience with third-party libraries and APIs
        • Familiarity with OOP design principles

        User Experience (UX) Design is a very important and multi-faceted skill to be competent in. 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
        • Wireframing
        • 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.

        Soft Skills for Mobile Developers Include:

        • Problem solving
        • Project management
        • Strategic planning
        • Multitasking abilities
        • Creativity
        • Empathy and imagination

        Types of Mobile Developer Jobs

        Web Developer – web developers are often confused with mobile developers but there are many distinctions between the two roles. A web developer is responsible for the coding, design and layout of a website according to a company’s specifications. As the role takes into consideration user experience and function, a certain level of both graphic design and computer programming is necessary. Where a web designer’s role is often blurred with a mobile developer’s role is in optimising websites for mobile use.

        Mobile App Developer – a mobile app developer’s primary duty is to create, maintain and implement the source code to develop mobile apps and programmes that meet the needs and requirements of the clients using computer programming languages.

        iOS Developer – An iOS developer designs and builds apps for Apple (iOS) software. This involves coding, fixing bugs, running quality control checks and running updates to the applications.

        Android Developer – 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.

        What industries do mobile developers work in?

        • Android and iOS app development companies
        • Software companies
        • Retailers
        • Healthcare
        • Travel and tourism
        • Entertainment
        • Financial services
        • Media organisations

        Mobile Developer Salaries in the UK:

        A mobile developer in the UK can expect to typically earn between £40,000 – £75,000 although some organisations may pay more.

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