The mobile device market is rising at a rapid speed. This growth is nurturing the increased demand for mobile application developers, creating a host of employment opportunities. This demand will continue to rise with new and innovative mobile applications in Android and other platforms. 2015 has been a game changing year for the smartphone market, especially for Android and is expected to do good in the coming years as well.
According to IT recruiters, the demand for skilled and talented mobile application developers still far exceeds the supply.
Whether you are fresher on the verge of starting your career or an experienced professional looking to switch the career, Android is an excellent choice for both.
Here are some more reasons to help you take the next step towards a career in Android:
1. Easy to learn
Anyone who is passionate about pursuing a career in Android must have Core Java knowledge along with logical and analytical way of thinking. A developer with a good knowledge of Java and programming language can easily create Android applications and get it up and running easily.
2. Open Source Platform
Being an open-source platform, android offers great freedom and flexibility to developers, allowing them to easily adapt and edit the programming codes. It also gives developers the freedom to extend the source code and exercise their development capabilities and skills to create exceptional apps.
3. Huge Demand for this Skill
IT professionals with mobile development skills are a hot commodity right now and the demand for Android developers is even hotter. Employers are hiring Android developers much faster and more in numbers than any other professionals in mobile technology. According to Matt Miller, CTO at CyberCoders, “For mobile programmers who specialize and are familiar with the Android operating system, there is no better time to improve your Android skills and look for a job.”
The above job trends from Indeed confirms the hot and progressive demand for Android development skills. This is further verified by the fact that the number of Android related job has grown by 110% from 2012 to 2014. Similarly, job applications received for Android positions grew by an astounding 165%.
According to a GSMA report, the number of mobile users was predicted to cross 500-million mark by the end of 2015. Now that we have stepped foot in to 2016, this will be confirmed soon enough. And according to the same report, the demand for mobile product development engineers are expected to be in huge demand next year, as software products and apps are being developed.
4. Progressive Growth for Android
The job market for mobile app developers is expected to grow up to 32% from 2010 through 2020. This will end up creating more than 300,000 new jobs. This will be the biggest increase ever witnessed for any job position, IT or otherwise. The bulk of these opportunities will be for Android and iOS app development, as these mobile moguls have control of about 90% of all smartphones.
The Q2 results of Smartphone market shows that Android holds 82.8% of the total market share, dominating the smartphone market. We can expect similar results in the future as IDC predicts that Google’s Android will likely lead the market in the next five years as well, with the same percent of shipments.
The latest smartphone sales data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech shows Android continuing to grow in Europe’s big five markets (“EU5”), which includes Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain.
5. Big Organizations are looking for you
Here’s a list of organizations that are looking for Android developers on Indeed, a job portal:
Ford Motor Company
Marriott International, Inc
Stanley Black & Decker
Amazon Corporate LLC
6. Varied Job Roles
Here’s a list of job titles for Android professionals:
Mobile Lead Software Engineer
Android Mobile Developer
Mobile App Developer
Mobile Embedded Software Engineer
7. Handsome Remuneration
Organizations are ready to provide a huge pay package to skilled professionals. According to Indeed, the average salary for Android is 102,000 USD, which is 77% higher than the average salaries of other job postings.
The salary trend shows a steady and gradual increase over the years, meaning that the current salary trend is not a momentary spike.
Android developers no long just come with the title ‘Android Developer’. Here’s the average salaries for various Android related job titles.
8. Opportunities to challenge yourself
With the mobile technology changing constantly and the highly competitive nature of it, an Android career provides you unique and exciting opportunities to create apps that makes use of your skills and dares you to do your best. You can come up with new and innovative apps in the shortest amount of time possible, making it a truly challenging field.
9. Freedom to do the job the way you want
The job of a mobile developer is no longer restricted to a ‘9 to 5’ job. Meaning, you can be on the go as well. Now a days, organizations are perfectly okay with their developers working from home or anywhere in the world, as long you can get the job done.
You can be your own boss or be an independent developer that works on a project for an organization. You do not have to be a business savvy person for this. You only have to take directions and provide the product/app that the customer is looking for.
10. Excellent Online Community
Android being a matured and extensively used technology has numerous developer communities. These online communities, support groups, and forums continue to grow at a steady pace. The communities house some of the best developers in the Android field and are highly impactful in nature. These support groups allows you to communicate and learn from experts in this domain. It also strengthens the connection between Android and coding communities so that developers remain motivated to interact with other developers.
The major benefit of these communities is that they provide developers with valuable resources and direct access to the Android teams.