Mobile Software Developers

Mobile Software Design for Smartphone Apps

Mobile software developers design and build applications (which are often referred to as apps) for mobile devices, which include smartphones, tablet computers, e-readers, and wearables. They are also known as mobile software designers. Approximately 686,470 software application developers are employed in the United States. 

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Mobile Application Developers, Mobile Software Designers
Duties Design and build mobile software applications; research the app market; test app functionality
Salary Range $50,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
Experience Internship and at least one year of related development experience
Personality Traits
  • Creative
  • Problem-Solving
  • Technical
  • Computer
  • Digital Media
  • Organizational
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Excellent
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Much Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Software Manager or Independent Consultant
  • Mobile Software Project Team Leader
  • Mobile Software Developer
  • Computer Programmer or Web Developer