Information Technology Careers | Mobile Developer / Engineer

Mobile Developer / Engineer

Career Area: Information Technology

Occupation Group: Software Development

Salary

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A typical Mobile Developer / Engineer earns the following wages (national and state):

State

The average salary in North Carolina for those pursuing this career is $110,621

*The salaries depicted here are representative of the range of salaries posted in job listings over the past year. Living wage in North Carolina is $30,000.

National

The average salary in the United States for those pursuing this career is $109,796

*The salaries depicted here are representative of the range of salaries posted in job listings over the past year. Living wage in North Carolina is $30,000.

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Designs, builds, or improves mobile applications or apps for smart phones and mobile tablets. Oversees the entire software development process. Analyzes customer or user needs, designs programs, writes code, tests design, and documents programs.

Employment Trends

The job demand and job growth statistics shown here were derived from job posts over the past year. Expected job growth projections are extrapolated from year-over-year job post listing history.

Job demand and job growth is expected at the following rates:

LocationGrowth
North Carolina550+37.9%
Nationwide14918+30.7%

Skills

A professional in this position typically utilizes the following skills in the course of everyday work in this exciting and challenging field:

Baseline Skills

The following are baseline skills every Mobile Developer / Engineer is expected to have in order to experience success in this field:

  • Communication Skills: The ability to convey information to another effectively and efficiently.
  • Teamwork / Collaboration: Experience working in collaborative efforts with a team to achieve a common goal or to complete a task in the most effective and efficient way.
  • Writing: Experience expressing business messages effectively in written form. This may include planning drafting and revising as necessary.
  • Troubleshooting: Troubleshooting or dpanneuring is a form of problem solving, often applied to repair failed products or processes on a machine or a system.
  • Problem Solving: Problem solving consists of using generic or ad hoc methods, in an orderly manner, for finding solutions to problems.

Specialized Skills

These skills are specific to working in this career:

  • Java: Java is a set of computer software and specifications developed by Sun Microsystems, which was later acquired by the Oracle Corporation, that provides a system for developing application software and deploying it in a cross-platform computing environment.
  • Swift (Programming Language): Swift is a general-purpose, multi-paradigm, compiled programming language developed by Apple Inc. for iOS, macOS, watchOS, tvOS, and Linux.
  • Software Development: Software development is the process of computer programming, documenting, testing, and bug fixing involved in creating and maintaining applications and frameworks resulting in a software product.
  • JavaScript: JavaScript (), often abbreviated as JS, is a high-level, dynamic, weakly typed, object-based, multi-paradigm, and interpreted client-side programming language.
  • Software Engineering: Working experience with the application of engineering to the development of software in a systematic method.

Distinguishing Skills

Any Mobile Developer / Engineer that possesses the following skills will stand out against the competition:

  • HTML5: HTML5 is a markup language used for structuring and presenting content on the World Wide Web.
  • Sencha: Working experience of Sencha. The Sencha Web Application Development platform simplifies the challenges of managing the software development lifecycle of web applications. Now you can seamlessly design, develop, and test data-intensive web applications and deliver the right user experience, on the right screen, at the right time.
  • GitHub: Working experience of GitHub. GitHub is a web-based hosting service for version control using git. It is mostly used for computer code. It offers all of the distributed version control and source code management (SCM) functionality of Git as well as adding its own features.
  • Test Driven Development (TDD): Working experience of Test Driven Development (TDD), which is a software development process that relies on the repetition of a very short development cycle: first the developer writes an (initially failing) automated test case that defines a desired improvement or new function, then produces the minimum amount of code to pass that test, and finally refactors the new code to acceptable standards.
  • Web Development: Web development is a broad term for the work involved in developing a web site for the Internet (World Wide Web) or an intranet (a private network).

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills:

  • Software Design Engineer in Test (SDET): Working experience of Software Design Engineer in Test, which is a combination of a software tester and a developer made to automate the testing process by itself.

Experience

This position typically requires the following level of experience. The numbers presented in the pie charts below were derived from actual job posts over the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Experience Required%
0 to 2 years13%
3 to 5 years62%
6 to 8 years18%

Many of the programs offered through NC State are designed for working professionals who need additional credentials to enhance existing work experience.

Students who do not have the expected level of experience may wish to look into internship and employment opportunities.

Common Job Titles

It is possible to find work in this field in positions commonly listed as the following job titles:

  • Mobile Developer
  • Mobile Applications Developer
  • Mobile Engineer
  • Senior Mobile Engineer
  • Senior Mobile Developer

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