How to Start a Career in Mobile Software Development

October 12, 2020

A mobile software development member holding a portable smart gadget.

The mobile software development industry is a competitive one as more and more businesses focus on creating mobile applications. This exciting growth also means that mobile app developers are in demand nowadays more than ever. 

A mobile software developer is tasked with the designing, building, and (often) management of mobile applications and software. However, anyone who is in the mobile software development industry knows that a developer’s work is more than just about programs; it involves a specialized process that not everyone is familiar with. So, if you want to be a professional mobile software developer, there are several things you have to discover, learn, and familiarize.

Do you know what you want?

Even if you are trained and experienced, it is still important for you to specify your goal.  Is there a specific platform or technology you want to work on? Why do you want to be a mobile software developer? Identifying the answers to these questions will help you determine which path to take. 

Consider taking mobile software development classes or training

One cannot be a professional mobile software developer if he or she does not have the proper technical training. If you prefer going to a college or university, the ideal course to take up is computer science or anything related to it. You can also join bootcamps for aspiring developers, particularly those focused on coding. There are also videos and tutorials online, some of which are available for free.

Here are some of the most popular online tutorials you can check out for your mobile software development training:

  • Coursera
  • Udemy
  • edX
  • PluralSight
  • Udacity

Moreover, you should learn everything that you can about software, software design, and the software development process.  

If you already have the educational background and technical training, you should focus on continuously improving your coding skills. Learn how to use JavaScript, SQL, Python, Ruby, PHP, and other programming languages. Likewise, it is essential to familiarize and understand Scrum, Agile, and other development methodologies.

Observe and study the mobile software development industry

After ensuring that you have the necessary skills for creating and developing mobile apps and software, the next thing you should do is learn everything that you can about the mobile software development industry. Doing this will allow you to determine opportunities that await you.

Also, understanding the industry you belong to will help you improve your skills. Since you know the kind of developers preferred by clients and mobile software development businesses, you’ll be able to work on your weaknesses and highlight your best skills. You can identify what you need to emphasize to satisfy clients.

Study and understand the mobile app or software development process

Even if you are highly skilled, if you do not have a good grasp of the mobile app or software development process, you won’t be able to do any significant work. Mobile software development companies prefer developers who know what to do and how things are to be done. They choose developers they can trust. Clients also prefer developers who know how to work without relying on somebody to tell them what to do.

Join a group, club, organization, or community of developers

Joining a group or community of developers is a good move if you’re just starting a career in mobile software development. This will give you countless opportunities to connect with like-minded individuals and, in the process, learn from them. Furthermore, joining developer events such as conferences, conventions, startup gatherings, hackathons, and tech meetings can provide you with more chances of connecting with developers. Networking is a great way of learning and growing professionally.

Practice makes perfect

Just because you’re already a pro in coding or programming doesn’t mean you should stop practicing. Practice makes perfect, and this can never be truer than in mobile software development. You can choose to practice with a group of developers or you can do it on your own. Practice the entire process: formulating a software idea, developing the idea, coding and programming, documentation, product testing, and launching.

Here is a sample practice process you can try out:

  • Do a research of your target market. What kind of software do they want and need? Develop your idea.
  • Work on the software or application map.
  • Specify and develop your software details – i.e. features and functionalities.
  • Find people you can work with, those who are willing to collaborate with you.
  • Do a complete software or app test.

Practicing your mobile software development process will help point out areas or techniques that work and those that you need to improve or change. Another good idea for software development practice is recreating an existing software or app. You’ll find a lot of sources you can use for this, specifically on YouTube. This recreation activity is an effective practice for software and app development, as well as for exploring your technical creativity.

You can also go a little further when practicing by developing a prototype for your software or app.

The only thing that’s constant is change – and this is also true in software development. As a developer, it is your responsibility to stay updated with significant mobile software development industry changes, advances, and news. There are several sources you can use for gathering such updates: tech blogs, technology news sites, forums, and other online discussions & official websites (ex. Apple for iOS apps and Google for various Android software and apps).

If you want a career in mobile software development, being loaded with software and app ideas is not enough. You have to find time and resources to improve your skills and, eventually, create a brand for yourself. If you want to survive in the competitive industry of software development, you have to offer something different to customers; you have to stand out. The only way to do this is to prepare and train yourself to be the best mobile software developer you can be.

About the author: Baptiste Leroux - CEO

After several years in the corporate world, I create my first Web startup as a social enterprise. Working with talented people, excellent software development skills, good communication, and a competitive pricing, we shifted our focus to web & mobile outsourcing projects. View on Linkedin