In an increasingly globalized world, mobile apps have changed the way we conduct business, socialize and entertain. This worldwide connectivity has enabled developers to be key actors in the way the economy is being shaped, by giving them the tools to create innovative ideas and distribute them to the app market.

This is one of the main reasons why being an Android Developer is both satisfying and necessary. Technology is a fast-growing sector of the US economy and companies are looking for new ideas to improve user experience and stand out from the competition.

Learning about programming and software development allows people from different educational backgrounds to build a professional profile with highly in-demand skills.


Businesses are investing in apps development

Both mobile usage and apps markets keep growing, and small businesses have detected the enormous advantage of being part of this consumption trend. According to a recent survey made by Clutch, almost half of small businesses will be likely to have a mobile app by 2017 or later.

Apps enable both big and small businesses to increase sales by giving users a quick way to access the company’s products, create engagement and enhance customer experience by offering a direct interaction with the company. It also allows companies to be more competitive in a specific market.

Software Applications Development has one of the best job projections for the next decade with a growth rate of 18.8%. According to these employment projections, there will be 135,300 new positions for App developers by the year 2024.


Android Developers are more demanded

Android has dominated the global smartphone operating system market share for several years now. According to research company Gartner, in the second Quarter of 2016, Android led worldwide new smartphones sales by 86.2%.

As a free and open operating system, Android allows app developers to generate new ideas and work with a wide range of smartphones to open up hardware options, as companies supply a great variety of devices to choose from and high-end devices become more affordable.

The Job of an Android Developer

Android developers are in charge of creating effective mobile applications by translating designs and wireframes into high quality codes. They also must ensure the best possible performance and responsiveness of the application. According to Paysa, the average base salary of Android Developers is $89K per year, ranging from $68K to $112K.

Throughout the process of creating an Android App, developers are hired to work from the concept and design phases to the software architecture planning, coding and testing phases. A solid understanding of the programming language Java and User Experience (UX) and User Interface (UI) expertise or Front-end and Back-end integration, as well as many other skills, are required.

Becoming a professional Android Developer is a great educational investment, it has an excellent job projection for the next decade and it is by far the most used operating system today. As a Google service we can be sure Android will have improvements to continue satisfying the demands of modern communications.


Learn from the Best

The Professional Android Developer MicroMasters program provides an official certificate to showcase your education while you build apps supported by a world-class faculty, including Google Experts.

Google Developer Experts, those recognized by Google as having exemplary expertise in one or more of their Google Developer products, will teach you Java fundamentals and Android App development as well as prepare you for the Google Associate Android Developer Certification Exam.

Some of the experts you’ll learn with are:

Adri√°n Catal√°n: Is one of the 96 reputable Google Developer Experts worldwide. He is an educator and has been in the software development industry (mobile/web) for over ten years. As an active speaker he has participated at several events in the US and Latin American, talking about mobile, robots, entrepreneurship and innovation.

Jorge Vargas: Java Champion since 2007, a special recognition from Java developers across industry. He is one of the few in Latin America and a part of the select group of almost 200 worldwide leaders in the Java community. He has organized events in universities all across Mexico and has contributed code to open source projects for learning computer programming.

Isabel Palomar: Software engineer whose expertise covers back-end and Android development. She has participated as a mentor and teacher in educational platform and has co-organized several tech communities in Mexico and US such as GDG Guadalajara, Tech Women Community and WWCode Ciudad Guzm√°n.

Luis Betancourt: Is one of the 31 Google Marketing Experts worldwide. Electronic Engineer, working in Digital Marketing for more than ten years. He has designed and implemented online strategies such as Display Advertising, Social Ads and Content Marketing, among others. He has worked as an advisor in several incubation and acceleration programs.

Victor Orozco: A leader in Java Global Community. Speaker at Java One, Java world-wide main event and winner of the Duke’s Choice Award, a recognition for innovations that use Java Technology. ¬†¬†¬†¬†

Byron Linares: Electronic Engineer, software architect and product manager for Web and mobile applications. He has conducted research in areas of Technology-enhanced learning.

Noe Branagan: Mobile App developer focused on Android with experience in research in emerging markets. He has worked as a developer for more than ten years and has served as a mentor to help other developers.

This world-class faculty will teach you how to become a professional Android developer and will prepare you to take the Google Associate Android Developer Certification Exam, to be recognized for your skills and help you to promote yourself for relevant communities and jobs.

Enroll today to become a professional android developer and learn what it takes to create successful apps.