How to become a Mobile App Developer

Mobile App Developers can design, build and/or maintain mobile applications for either Apple's iOS or the Android platform. There are a few other platform choices.

Personal requirements of a Mobile App Developer

  • able to quickly understand complex problems and determine effective solutions
  • technical aptitude
  • able to work individually or as part of a team
  • able to direct and oversee the work of others
  • able to work to deadlines
  • methodological and disciplined approach to problem-solving.

Duties & Tasks of a Mobile App Developer

Mobile App Developers: • determine software and hardware requirements to provide solutions to problems • adapt existing programs to meet user requirements • ensure efficient use of applications and equipment

Working conditions for a Mobile App Developer

Mobile App Developers work indoors in offices. They may work on a full-time, part-time or contract basis. Normal business hours usually apply but may be extended when working to deadlines.

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:


Employment by state:

ACT 2.9%

NSW 26.2%

NT 1.4%

QLD 24.3%

SA 9.7%

TAS 1.3%

VIC 19.8%

WA 14.3%

Hours worked:



Lower unemployment

Gender split:

Male 96%

Female 4%

Education level:

Not completed Year 12: 7.8%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 8%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 47.6%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 26.6%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 10.9%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 2.3%

Age brackets:

15-19 - 0.1%

20-24 - 6.1%

25-34 - 26.8%

35-44 - 22.6%

45-54 - 19.5%

55-59 - 8.2%

60-64 - 7.1%

65 and Over - 9.5%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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