With an avalanche of smartphones readily available in the market and the increasing demand for mobile software developers in the tech industry, mobile is one of the top priorities in technology hiring. Not just confined to the tech industry, Mobile Application Developers are considered a hot property in varied fields such as commercial, consumer, banking, and finance.
Scenario in India
A report titled “Entering the Brave New World of Mobile Apps”(1) conducted by Dimensional Research, focuses on the fact that most of the demand for mobile software engineers are for Google’s Android and Apple iOS platforms. The survey suggested that Android was the most sought out after Mobile App Development platform among developers with 83 percent followed by iOS with 67 percent.
Best time to be a mobile software developer
Developers, this is your year!
According to software.intel.com, demand for software developers have been steadily rising since 2012 and is projected to show a growth of 30 percent by 2020.(2)
Matt Miller, CTO of CyberCoders, a company which has conducted a research on the top ten most in demand skills says, “A common theme among these technology skills is the need for open source, mobile, cloud or big data technologies, like iOS, Azure and Hadoop. This is a good time to learn such skills. There is a continual need for improving technology which is constant due to our improved processes and every day enjoyment of our smart phones and big data.” (3)
High demand versus shortage of supply
Certain industry analysts are even comparing the mobile app market explosion to the internet boom of the 1990’s. Such is the demand for iOS and Android that there is reportedly a shortage of supply currently. Since iOS and Android account for roughly 90 percent of the smartphone circulation, this is a great time for all mobile developers!
However, simply being a talented software developer is not enough. According to a report by ZDnet.com, developers will need to constantly upgrade their skills in order to stay competitive in the market. (4)
Future of Mobile Application Developers
The demand for talented software mobile developers will continue to rise for the next few years.
Certain Reasons for the continuous rise in demand of mobile application developers could be:
- With mobile security becoming top priority, consumers will gradually become more and more comfortable with engaging in activities online through their mobile devices.
- Further, lack of time and complexity may prompt larger sections of people to conduct online activities through their smartphones.
However, according to Christine Wright, Hays’ Asia operations director, (5) there will come a time when the market will be saturated. The demand of mobile software developers will slowly decrease.
Keeping that in mind, mobile application developers can take certain steps to ensure that they will continue to be in demand. Some of these steps are as follows:-
- Stay competitive by upgrading skill set constantly
- Active participation in all software development projects including mobility projects
- Understand strengths and weaknesses of individual skill set and the ability of quickly adapt to continually changing scenario
- By Ankita Mohinta For MobiGnosis