So you want to start a career in Android Development, welcome on board, your timing could not be better. Android is taking over the world and I am glad that you have joined to share in the bounty! Android continues to be the dominant mobile device platform with 82% market share! A familiar argument against this commanding lead is that those are older devices, actually they are not, according this article from Forbes.com The latest production version of Android called Lollipop has seen 80% increase in adoption.
The demand for Android developers is also sky rocketing. According to data analyzed by the technical staffing firm CyberCoders the demand for Android developers grew by 165% in 2014 compared to 54% for iOS jobs. This growth in demand means employers are willing to pay premium compensation for Android development skills and the price range (atleast in Southern California where I am) is anywhere between $80K to $175K annually or more depending on your skill set. Whats more, people like myself has made the transition from cubicle to working 100% remotely. I bet you will like one of those jobs! So lets talk about how you can get one.
To command premium pay as an Android developer, or have the flexibility of working remotely, or enjoy any associated reward of being an Android developer you need to do all of the following in varying proportions:
The proportion of your time that you should spend programming vs publishing vs promoting depends on your why. Why do you want to be an Android Developer?
The common theme from the above listed reasons is money, the lack thereof or the desire to make more of it. Paid employment aka "9-5" is the most common and I dare add the "easiest" way to monetize Android development skill. The other options are freelancing or create your own apps.
Creating your own mobile app with the goal of making a living from it in comparison to paid employment is tough with high risk especially if you are getting started with your Android development career . The biggest disconnect with this is that some developers do not realize that mobile apps are products and consumers ONLY buy or download products, they do no want to buy or download programs. And programmers create programs not products. Products require business development, product design, marketing, packaging, promotion in addition to lots of programming.
The extent to which you need to "publish" and "promote" vs "program" depends on the monetization path that you have chosen. Whether you choose to work for the man or do your own thing you still need to program so lets talk about what it takes to program, shall we? What it takes to be a successful Android developer is not different from what it takes to be successful in other professions. So what do you need to succeed as Android developer? :
Now that have covered a general overview of what it takes to be an Android Developer, do you still want to proceed? Is this close to what your perception of coding career is ? If not can you use the comment box to share with me brief summary of what you thinks about programming career specifically Android development. Either way, I will like to hear your thought. If find the article interesting can you use the share button to share it with anyone who you think can benefit from it. What next?
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I am a Software Engineer with expertise in Android Development. I am available for Android development projects.