Career outlook for app developer
Average UK salary
Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
People around the world use apps to log into social media, shop, bank, stream music and watch TV shows. As an app developer, it'd be your job to create them.
You'd discuss with clients how the app should function and come up with ideas to design and develop it. Then, you'd work with others to write the code needed to make it work the way you expect it to.
You might focus on apps for phones, tablets, computers or gaming devices. It's likely you'd work in a specific field, for example, creating fun and satisfying mobile games. Or, working with finance apps, helping people get fast and easy access to their money.
You might also work with specific systems to create different types of apps. For example, Windows, iOS or Android.
Working within a team, you’d collaborate to develop the app, test it and make sure it works as it should.
Apps need regular updates to keep them secure and in line with the latest trends and styles.
What you might do:
- design and develop applications based on client needs
- work as part of a team on development projects
- check the program's success and make changes if necessary
- use programming language and code to create the app elements
- write and update documents or briefs to record how the program operates
- keep up to date with best practice and app trends
- change and update apps when necessary
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