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App developer

App developers design and build mobile applications for PCs, mobile phones and tablets.

Potential salary

£21,000 to £55,000

Employment by 2024


Working hours

37 to 40 a week

  • maths knowledge for understanding programming
  • the ability to write computer programs
  • analytical thinking skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to come up with new ways of doing things
  • knowledge of systems analysis and development
  • complex problem-solving skills
  • persistence and determination
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • to have a thorough understanding of computer systems and applications

You may:

  • develop new apps or create 'mobile-friendly' versions of websites
  • work with other developers, designers and copywriters
  • design prototypes to suit client needs
  • write or amend computer code
  • test software, find faults and fix problems
  • write accurate notes about the development process
  • keep up to date with new technology trends and tools

You could work in an office or at a client's business.

You could move into systems analysis, or be promoted to a senior app developer or applications project manager.

You could also become self-employed, offering your services through contracting in most areas of the economy, for example business, finance, cyber security, telecommunications and healthcare.

You can find out more about working and training in computing from Tech Future Careers and Bubble Digital Career Portal.

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