Android Development Skills in High Demand, But You Aren’t Surprised


When the core product grows, everything surrounding it must grow. This has always been true for any business over the centuries, and it’s no less true with Android. A new study shows that the demand for Android development skills is the highest it’s ever been. Conducted by oDesk, the study shows that demand for Android skills are up 710% in October 2010 compared to the same month in 2009.


In the firm’s Online Employment Report, Android sat as the 110th-most desired skill out of all technical jobs last year. Since then, it’s moved up 70 spots as it sits at a cool 40. For comparison’s sake, iPhone sits at #23 overall. We imagined this would happen considering how fast Android’s grown this past year alone, with recent reports dubbing it the best selling smartphone operating system in quarter 3 of 2010.

And the trend is reflected just by looking at the Android market: more and more big-name companies are making their way onto your phones every day. (Seriously, there are so many app launches that it’s hard to keep up.) Android breaking the 100,000 application mark also says a lot. A visual representation of job growth can be seen above.

[via Read Write Mobile]

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. Can’t wait for more incestuous Android geek events–that will really help spread the word and love for this OS!

  2. I think with the continued growth of the types of devices you will be able to get Android on (tablets, phones, cars, etc.) the demand will continue to grow. Eventually the line between the OS you run on your TV and Computer compared to the Android we all love will be blurred into one. We are closer and closer to Minority Report every day. Just wait until Google/Android gets a Kinect-like motion control system.

  3. The only problem is we as dev’s can see this, but do businesses finally realize it? I interviewed for an Android Job about 4 months ago and didn’t quite make the cut even though I have two highly successful paid apps on the market already. I think they just don’t understand the the market of android just yet.


  4. Android is the true Windows of mobile. Steve Jobs must be peeing in his pants everytime he sees the charts.

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