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You are a software developer who focuses your skills on building solutions for mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. Android and iOS are the two most popular mobile operating systems you work with, as together they make up over 90% of the market. You may choose to specialize as an Android developer, an iOS developer, or work on both.

You're most likely employed by a tech company, but you may choose to work independently and sell your mobile solutions to major companies. You develop new apps, maintain and update old ones, or develop web-based solutions optimized for mobile devices. As a mobile developer, it's a given that you're tech-savvy. You're an expert in everything tech and are always one step ahead of mobile trends.

what mobile developer jobs entail

Mobile developer jobs typically require you to work full-time out of an office, but you can work virtually, too. You may choose to specialize as an Android developer, an iOS developer, or more generally as a mobile developer. You most likely report to a leader in IT, such as a project manager or IT manager. Many of your colleagues are self-employed, independent contractors or freelancers.

average mobile developer salaries

Like most skilled tech jobs, mobile developer jobs are hot at the moment, and the compensation reflects this demand. In most Canadian markets, mobile developers salaries start around $70,000. With a handful of years of experience, mobile developer salaries can climb into the six-figure range.

Mobile developers are in high demand, particularly in major city centres such as Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary. The one notable exception is in Montreal. Mobile developer salaries in Montreal are slightly lower than the national average.

your day to day tasks

Your role is important to your company's marketing strategy. You help build apps that allow your company to reach, interact, and do business with the public. Your role as a mobile developer includes coding, prototyping, deploying and supporting mobile applications that enhance your company's digital presence. Your duties as a mobile developer will include things like:

  • writing code for mobile applications or programs
  • testing, debugging and implementing mobile applications
  • modifying existing mobile applications as needed
  • helping solve user issues
  • customizing mobile applications
  • researching and evaluating potential mobile products

where you can work

Mobile developer jobs are found in many verticals, most notably IT. With mobile web traffic outpacing desktop traffic, companies are scrambling to stay one step ahead and offer strategic mobile solutions. As a result, other industries such as banking and finance, manufacturing, government, healthcare, and business are seeking experienced mobile developers (in particular Android developers and iOS developers) who can create apps that will help them offer their services to the mobile majority.

The highest demand for mobile developers is in city centres such as Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary. Companies in these markets offer competitive mobile developer salaries in order to secure the most qualified talent.

what you bring to the table

As a mobile developer, you create mobile applications that serve the needs of your employer and their customers. You must understand what your target looks for in an app and deliver a solution that runs smoothly and is visually pleasing. 

To thrive as a mobile developer, you must be tech savvy and comfortable with a variety of mobile devices. You should also have a solid understanding of mobile operating systems, in particular, Android and iOS, which are run on over 90% of mobile devices. Skills that will serve you well as a mobile developer include:

  • in-depth knowledge of coding languages
  • ability to problem-solve and troubleshoot
  • enthusiasm and creativity
  • focus on creating new and exciting solutions
  • understanding what customers need and want
  • experience with elements of UI/UX
  • staying ahead of the curve when it comes to mobile trends, and constantly updating your skills

training and certifications

Most mobile developer jobs require a bachelor’s degree in computer science, IT or a related field. In some cases, coding experience may be enough to secure a mobile developer job, particularly if you choose to work as a freelancer or create mobile apps and sell finished products to companies.

Most mobile developer jobs will require prior experience with key mobile development languages such as Java, C++, C# for Android developers, and Objective-C, and Swift for iOS developers. If you're developing browser-based mobile solutions, HTML5 is also an asset. You can obtain numerous certifications that will verify your experience and expertise in these coding languages.

where your career is headed

Mobile development is a relatively new and booming field. The demand for expert developers is high, and companies are willing to compete to secure top Android developers and iOS developers that will help them stay competitive. Many software developers, java developers and software engineers are transitioning into mobile development because the market is so hot.

Beyond growing into senior developer jobs, with the right skills and experience you can also advance into management roles in IT. Some mobile developers also opt to strike out on their own and work as consultants or freelancers. This allows you the freedom of setting your own schedule and choosing projects that interest you.

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