Mobile Development Skills: Hot, Hot, Hot!

Susan Hall
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Prize for the "well, duh!" headline of the day: "Hiring Demand for Mobile Skills Remains Strong."

 

Not a day goes by without hearing about some new mobile application. And at lunch recently, my local Chili's restaurant here in Louisville had installed table-top devices that not only allow you to order and pay, but also to watch movie trailers while you wait.

 

In the above mentioned press release, Wanted Analytics, which applies business intelligence to the talent market, reports that more than 42,000 new job ads for folks with mobile development skills have been posted in the past 90 days. That's up 50 percent from the same period a year ago. It attributes the rise to the popularity of mobile banking, mobile commerce and mobile gaming. It says there was some lull in demand for mobile developers during June and July, but it came roaring back with 17,000 online job ads in September.

 

The top five cities for mobile jobs were New York, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle and Washington, D.C. New York employers posted more than 4,200 new online job ads, the most of any city, with an increase of 56 percent. But San Francisco had the highest growth rate, up more than 80 percent. It's not surprising that recruiting's the toughest there, too. Its Hiring Scale tool reports that recruiting is easiest - or that supply and demand are more evenly balanced - in Columbus, Ga.; Omaha, Neb.; Memphis, Tenn.; Medford, Ore. and Champaign-Urbana, Ill.


 

The national average salary for programmers with mobile development skills is between $91,800 and $106,000.

 

Android was the most commonly mentioned mobile platform, but the iPad continues to make lots of headlines as more companies find ways to use it. If you'd like more insight into that, the authors of "iPads for Dummies" have provided a free chapter on using the iPad for work to IT Business Edge members.



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