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TerryB
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11/17/2014 | 4:11:34 PM
Re: mobile app developer
@soozy, No question getting the first job. My point is, do they keep you after you are done? If so, what do you do then? When writing general business apps, there is always another coming down the pike. I'm not so sure that is true for mobile for the SAME business. I think you would always be chasing the action, either as contractor or just changing jobs when app work done.

For example, Chris Murphy from this magazine wrote article talking about how Vail Resorts implemented a mobile app to track your runs and interact with social media about your experience skiing. How many more apps besides that one will they be writing that they would want to keep you? It seems to fit with hiring a specialist and then cutting them loose when project over.

Think about ERP support. One day you are doing project for accounting, next day shop floor, next day purchasing, etc. It never ends. Is mobile really like that yet? Will it ever be? That would be my personal fear. Hopefully I'm wrong. Most of mobile developers I read about now are hired guns of some type, many working for contracting firms who specialize in that. If you are OK with that lifestyle, you are good to go. If not, well.....
soozyg
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soozyg,
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11/17/2014 | 3:57:12 PM
Re: mobile app developer
@TerriB

I would think you would work for any company that needs an app. Or any software company that hires talent to do these things. Some apps are simpler and less interactive than others, but I believe many companies are creating them since mobile buying is only increasing.

I do agree that in the future the job may be absorbed by another position. We'll see......
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11/17/2014 | 1:08:47 PM
Re: mobile app developer
@soozyg, I get your point about the technical aspects of this design paradigm. But I'm not sure it is that much more imposing than going from green screen to web browsers or COBOL to OOP programming. When you work in IT, the one constant is things are going to change. That's really what business pays us for, we are the experts in absorbing that and reinventing ourselves.

The problem I have with mobile development, as far as whether I would want to do it, is who would you work for? A software development company like Facebook? They only write one app, to run their product. A Games company? Better hope it sells and even then you'll likely spend your time cranking out new versions of same thing. A business that faces consumers? How many of these apps will they write? It just seems like you better enjoy life as contractor or job hopper if you choose that path solely.

I'm comparing that to a more traditional IT job where you support the breadth of business systems a company uses. There you can get some stability, maybe work for them your whole career. And doesn't mean you may not write a mobile app for them. But to classify yourself as just Mobile Developer...scary.

It will be interesting to look at this 5-10 years from now, whether that is classified as a job. I suspect it will just get folded in with all the other hats we are expected to wear.
jagibbons
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11/17/2014 | 12:11:16 PM
Mixed news
This is great news for folks in those roles, but not so great for those of us hiring one or more of these over the next several months. The current market definitely favors the candidate. That's going to be a major pain point for companies needing any of these specialties. Candidates may not be there or be anywhere near affordable.
soozyg
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soozyg,
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11/17/2014 | 10:28:38 AM
mobile app developer
I guessed the first one. No surprise! Adaptive/responsive web design is crucial to business success now and is the fastest-growing profession. These designers have to be experts in multiple mobile-related fields, including multiple languages. Kudos to all who do it!
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