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Mobile Developer

Also goes by: Android Engineer, iOS Developer,

How much will I make?

Salaries can range by location and years of experience, but these are averages for the US.

according to Salary.com

Will I get a job?

Projected job growth is 37% for the period 2020-2030 in the US, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Total Openings
according to comptia.org

Who will I work for?

  • Tech Companies
  • Mobile Gaming Companies
  • E-commerce Companies
  • Any company with a mobile application

Mobile Developer’s Daily Activities

No Mobile Developer works alone! Mobile Developers spend their days collaborating with designers, other developers, and product or project managers to bring mobile apps to life. Below you will get a sense for what a day-in-the-life of a Mobile Developer could be:

Collaborate With Your Team Members to Build mobile apps

Mobile Developers work hand-in-hand with their team members to create mobile apps. In order to do this, you’ll need to have an understanding of a wide variety of skills including Swift, Kotlin, React Native. Collaboration can take many forms, including planning and strategy meetings, design brainstorms, reviews, and pairing.

Code Your mobile app

Much of a Mobile Developer’s day is spent coding. In practice this means having a development environment set up on one’s computer that allows you to track your progress as you go.

Test Your mobile app

One of the joys of working as a Mobile Developer is that mobile apps are ALWAYS breaking! As a Mobile Developer one of your core duties is testing your mobile apps for bugs and errors and working to fix them

How To Become a

Mobile Developer

It’s absolutely possible to become a Mobile Developer even if you have no prior experience in tech and no degree. In fact, a career as a Mobile Developer is one of the best entry level jobs in tech. Read on to learn how to do it!


Learn The Required Skills

First things first, in order to become a Mobile Developer you have to learn the required tech skills!


Powerful, open-source, and user-friendly programming language developed by Apple, mainly used for iOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS app development.


Kotlin is a modern, statically-typed programming language that runs on the Java Virtual Machine (JVM), used primarily for Android app development due to its concise syntax and interoperability with Java.

React Native

React Native is a framework for building cross-platform mobile apps using JavaScript and React, sharing code between iOS and Android.

User Experience Design

UX design is a user-centric approach that design teams take to account for the user’s experience, with the goal of creating accessible and usable applications that do not neglect functionality for design.

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Mobile SDKs

Software development kits provided by platforms (iOS, Android) to build apps, providing tools, libraries, and APIs for native development.

Mobile app lifecycle

Comprises stages from ideation, development, testing, deployment to maintenance, ensuring continuous improvement and user satisfaction.


RESTful APIs are web interfaces following Representational State Transfer principles, using standard HTTP methods for communication between clients and servers.

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Database management

Database management is the process of creating, maintaining, and using databases. Database management involves tasks such as creating database schemas, loading data into databases, and querying databases. Database management is a critical skill for anyone who works with databases.


Git is a distributed version control system that tracks changes in source code during software development, facilitating collaboration among developers and enabling code management across different versions.

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Testing and QA

Testing involves systematically verifying and validating software to identify defects and ensure it meets requirements. QA focuses on preventing defects and maintaining high standards. Together, they ensure reliable, user-friendly, and bug-free software products.


Debugging is the process of finding and fixing errors in code. Debugging is a critical skill for anyone who works with code.

App distribution process

App distribution is the process by which an app is made available for users. App distribution can be done through a variety of channels, such as the App Store, Google Play, and Amazon Appstore.

Mobile app security

Implementation of measures to protect mobile applications from threats, vulnerabilities, and unauthorized access, ensuring user data and privacy are safeguarded.

Version Control

Version control is the management of changes to documents, source code, or other files, allowing multiple users to collaborate and track revisions, facilitating teamwork and preventing conflicts.

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User Interface Design

UI stands for user interface, and user interface design is the field that involves planning, creating, and improving this aspect of websites and applications.

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Build A Portfolio

The best way to demonstrate that you have the necessary skills—especially when you have no prior experience—is with a portfolio of professional quality coding samples.

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Apply For Tech Jobs

Once you’ve learned all the required technical skills and built a killer portfolio, it’s time to dust off that old resume and LinkedIn profile and hit the pavement, or Internet superhighway as it were, in search of your first job as a Front End Developer!

➡️ Prepare Your Resume, LinkedIn, and Portfolio

Although your most valuable asset as you job search is your portfolio, you do have to cross your t’s and dot your i’s and when it comes to the job search that means optimizing your resume and LinkedIn profile. Tech employers expect you to have all three!

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➡️ Build Your Network

Your net worth is in your network, which can be hard when you’re changing careers! But don’t worry, the tech industry is incredibly welcoming to newcomers. Whether you prefer in-person meetups, Slack channels, coffee-over-zoom chats, conferences, hack-a-thons or a little bit of everything, there are tons of opportunities for you to meet fellow techies.

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➡️ Find Good Jobs To Apply For

A good job can be hard to find—or is it? The good news about tech is that there are so many openings at so many diverse companies that your biggest challenge will most likely be keeping up with all the opportunities!

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➡️ Practice Interviewing

Whether you’re a season pro, or brand new to the tech industry: interviewing for a new job is tough! Add to that technical interviews…and you’ve got a recipe for heartburn, practically guaranteed. Luckily there’s an antacid on the market that works every time: practice. Read on for expert guidance on how to prepare for your next tech job interview.

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➡️ Prepare for Technical Tests

Ah the dreaded technical test! Technical tests can come in many different forms: whiteboard tests, pair programming tests, take-home tests, algorithmic tests…just to name a few. Luckily, getting good at technical tests is a skill, just like anything else, and it’s one you can absolutely practice ahead of time.

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