How To Become A Mobile Apps Developer [Infographic]


It’s been awhile since I posted a good infograph and with the growing popularity of mobile devices (namely, Android), this one seemed appropriate. It comes as no surprise that mobile app industry has been booming and for those who have been eying mobile app development, there’s no better time to jump in than right now. So what’s the best course of action? Well, if you’re looking at a successful future in developing mobile apps, there’s multiple ways to get your foot in the door. The fellas at Schools.com put together this handy infographic to show you guys some of the steps and routes you can take on your journey to becoming a successful app developer.

For our readers who’ve made it their full time job to publish apps to the Play Store, would you say this information is accurate? Any tips you’d recommend budding app developers looking to become successful in Android?


Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. That looks exactly like the iPhone 5!

    1. Best comment ever.

    2. 20.3-inch 16:1 display? Lol

      1. Yeah, since Apple can’t figure out how multi-tasking works they just went ahead and made the iPhone so tall that you can now have all your favorite apps open at the same time!

  2. Doesn’t mention Android.
    Sun Certified Mobile Application Developer certification is pointless. It’s J2ME, which runs on almost no smartphones these days.
    Far more sensible (if you have some programming background already), is visit developer.android.com, read the documentation, download the software, and start developing.

  3. Intel for mobile?

  4. Good general tips, but the best way is to learn as much as you can (through schooling, reading documentation, reading good blogs, attending local user groups), and then just do it! Start with some tutorials, then try to build something very simple that you’re interested in. You’ll build it horribly the first time, but you’ll learn a lot. If you don’t know what to build, just keep doing tutorials until you really understand everything that you are writing. Read the documentation about every class and method you use, you’ll be sure to learn something. Then start applying for entry-level jobs.

    Be up front about what you don’t know, but talk about what you’ve learned. Ask what you can do to be better, and then go do those things. The barrier to entry for app development is very low, but so is the amount of effort that most people put into it.

  5. thank you guys! :D

  6. disregard that whole certification section, its totally useless from a mobile point of view

  7. The certification path is utterly worthless. There are few IT certifications in general that are relevant and well regarded but for mobile they just don’t exist.

  8. Awesome Info graphic!
    I’m still in High School but I already created an app and am also teaching other students how to do so too. I never realized most app developers went to college first, o.o

    1. Unless you really know your stuff and can prove it or know somebody, the first few jobs at least require that “piece of paper”. After that it’s your first few jobs that matter.

      Bigger companies though tend to require a 4 year degree at least, in most cases.

      IMO, if you have skills and can learn at least a bit of business smarts, and can find a good niche, and can make a minimum livable income in a year or so, then you can consider forgetting about formal education.

      I did it, decades ago, but formal education and I never really got along. If I was young I’d be doing what I’m doing now, writing and selling an app. And I wouldn’t bother with formal education.

      Your mileage may vary, and for the average person, formal education may be best, especially in the long run. But you can also generally always go back, in your 20’s or 30’s etc., just so long as family or finances allow.

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