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As an Android developer, you are responsible for developing applications that use the Android operating system. Therefore, you must have strong knowledge and understanding not only for how these apps are developed, but also for its impact on business and how to accommodate multiple versions of Android operating systems.
You will work with technology engineers, technical teams, programmers and marketing professionals to design and build mobile applications that support your company’s business needs. Job prospects for these careers are good. If you have the skills and experience, then this may be a career option for you.
As an Android developer, you might work at your company headquarters, remotely, or from home. Work hours can be traditional 9-5 hours, or you could have flexible hours. It really depends on your employer and the type of project you are working on. Expect to work overtime and weekends to meet tight deadlines from time to time. You will report to the project lead, project manager, or an IT manager within your organization.
Android software developers can expect an average annual salary of just over $60,000. Many Android developers start with a salary of close to $45,000, and you can make up to $95,000 or more with experience. Project bonuses and profit sharing may also be included in your compensation plan. Specialized knowledge with certain Android features or a specific industry could increase your earning potential. Skills that can increase your earning potential include C#, C# Programming Language, Android SDK, and Android.
Android developers’ day-to-day tasks vary greatly based on project priorities. It could involve coding, troubleshooting, reporting, and many other tasks. Some of the most common tasks that will be part of your work day include the following:
Android developers are in demand by companies in many industries, particularly those that are customer-facing in retail, sales, marketing, and many others. Many Android developers work for large corporations, medium sized businesses, or technology and marketing agencies. Some Android developers also work independently on a contract or freelance basis. Toronto and locations across the greater Toronto area currently present the most career opportunities. However, many other cities with a large technology sector such as Waterloo and Vancouver have opportunities.
As an Android developer, you'll be expected to have expert knowledge and experience working with these applications. Some of the skills you will be expected to have include:
Android developers are commonly required to have a degree in computer science, computer engineering, software development and other related fields. You will also be required to have proven experience and a successful track record of application development – something that will be a deal breaker for many companies. Additionally, having Android and computer programming certification is an asset. Additional training and certification may be provided by hiring companies once the onboarding process is complete.
Careers as an Android developer are in high demand similar to other computer programming and technology careers. Many professionals work as an Android developer for years before moving on to another position. For some, this means specializing in a specific type of Android development; for others, it means taking on more senior roles such as lead software engineer, software project manager, senior software engineer, and other mobile applications developer roles.
Are you an Android developer looking to take the next step in your career? Contact Randstad Canada today to explore your career options.