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Skills and Professional Certifications

Technical Skills for Mobile App Developers

Hands-on experience with mobile applications – iOS, Android, Windows

Experience coding with mobile frameworks – Xcode, AndroidSDK, and/or Windows Phone App Studio

Experience with mobile app development languages  - Objective-C, Java for Android, C# for Windows Phone

Experience with responsive design for mobile-ready websites

Experience with web development languages – HTML, CSS, JavaScript

Soft Skills for Mobile App Developers

Ability to collaborate and work in teams

Strong interpersonal skills

Written and oral communication skills

Project Management capabilities

Ability to adapt to agile work and development environments

Professional Certifications for Mobile Application Development

ATC Android Certified Developer

IBM Certified Mobile Application Developer

SAP Certified Development Associate

Mobile Development Institute Certified Developer (MDICD)

Logical Operations Master Mobile Application Developer (MMAD)

Oracle Certified Professional (OCP): Java ME Mobile Application Developer

Job Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job openings for Software Developers who specialize in application development were expected to grow much faster than average, at about 19% from 2014 to 2024.

Washington’s Employment Security Department lists Software/Applications Developers as the number one in-demand occupation for King County. Other Computer and Information Technology occupations made the top-25 list for King County, making this the perfect labor market for this specialized skill.

Software and Application Development in Washington State:

Average Annual Growth: 4.2%

Estimated Employment (2015): 60,523

Average Annual Total Openings: 22,678

Titles and Wages

Average Annual Salary: $120,000

Average Hourly Wage: $64.04

Estimated Entry Level Salary: $70,000-94,000

*Wage data will vary depending on education and experience*

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