Mobile applications developers create and develop mobile apps. They have a strong working knowledge of the different platforms that applications are suitable for, such as smartphones and tablets. Mobile app developers are also adept at using PCs and Macs and various operating systems. In addition, they have a strong foundation in IT programming and areas such as C++, objective-C, wireless networks, PHP, MS/SQL, Adobe, Java, HTML, “cloud storage” and Flash. Many developers also hold special development and configuration certifications.
In addition to the foundational knowledge, mobile applications developers design the look, feel, and mechanics of an application around the intended purpose of that app. After the development phase, they test the application multiple times to look for bugs, glitches, and crashes. After an app has been released, the developers address any problems or glitches that may arise, so good troubleshooting skills are also a plus. Throughout all of the stages, a developer will have the additional duty of documenting the processes for future use.
Depending on the company, developers may work on their own or with a team of other developers. In fact, developers can be employed by large companies -- such as Apple -- or by small businesses, so their work environments will also vary greatly by company. Generally speaking though, most mobile app developers work in an office setting. Because this type of job is so versatile, a developer can even freelance and work for single websites or anyone in need of an app.
Mobile Applications Developer Tasks
- Develop and test mobile application software and coding, often as part of a team.