Mobile Expertise – Think Java, Android, JavaScript – Required for More Jobs

Mobile technology’s continuing growth means more employers expect candidates to know how to build applications for smartphones, tablets and their various cousins. Expertise in mobile development is becoming a requirement across the technology landscape, says WANTED Analytics, which provides data analysis to recruiters.

Are you finding more employers expect you to have mobile experience along with your other skills? Let us know by posting a comment below.

“Software Engineers, Web Developers, Java Developers, Project Managers, and Application Developers (are) the most common job titles to include these requirements in their (job) ads,” the company says.

Between February 2011 and February 2012, demand for mobile skills rose 82 percent, the company reports. Impressive. But what’s eye-popping is the growth in 2010 of 295 percent and 2009 of 400 percent.

The most sought-after skills are:

  1. Java
  2. Android OS
  3. JavaScript
  4. Structured query language (SQL)
  5. HTML
  6. CSS
  7. Linux
  8. XML
  9. Unix
  10. AJAX

As for certifications, employers look out for these:

  1. Project Management Professional (PMP)
  2. Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
  3. Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE)
  4. Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP)
  5. Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP)

Mobile talent is most in demand in New York, Seattle, San Jose, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. Observers expect demand will continue as the need for qualified professionals continues to exceed the number of those available.

Comments

  1. BY James says:

    And you forgot 10 years of experience in java and objective C in order to get a paying job.

    • BY Mark Feffer says:

      Not true, James. If it was, there wouldn’t be so many openings. Maybe you should study the job listings more.

      • BY James says:

        How am I generalizing when I’m showing you a listing from your company.

  2. BY James says:

    Ok, Mark here you go, here is a posting from dice that requires the applicant to have 3 to 5 years of experience in Java development. Perhaps I was wrong about the 10 years, but my point is that most mobile phone paying development job are beyond the reach of entry level applicants or people with less than a year of job experience.

    J2EE/Mobile Development Analyst

    Required Experience (the more the better):
    3-5 years of experience in the design of large and complex transactional web based applications using J2EE technology and 1+ years of experience with Mobile Development Java EE (servlets, JSPs, etc)

    Web application development frameworks (Struts, Spring MVC) Javascript and Javascript libraries such as jQuery mobile, YUI, Sencha, AJAX Subversion or similar

    SCM experience Ant, Maven, Continuous Integration concepts

    Preferred Experience:
    Web Services experience (REST, SOAP/WSDL/XSD, including WS-Security, XML DSIG), Apache Axis2 / Rampart CSS Previous Mobile Development(iPhones/Androids) WebSphere, Tomcat, JBoss application deployment, Eclipse IDE SAML 2.0

    Experience working with integrated on and off shore teams

    Experience working as part of a virtual team

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    Analyze business and technical requirements for new systems & application component development & enhancements(Mobile) and collaborate with the Technical Consultants / Solutions Architects and Developers to drive the design and development process.

    Work with other Development Analysts or independently translate requirements into system low level system / application designs (LLD). May contribute to parts of the high level design (HLD) for smaller projects.

    Prepare detailed design documents and coding specs.

    Work with the Technical Consultants to develop test plans and test cases.

    The Development Analyst II may be called upon to perform development based on workload spikes (generally 70% of time spent in component design and 30% coding).

    Perform R&D and create proof of concept designs to support the design approach.

    Work with the Project Managers, Technical Consultants and Development Managers to provide time/hours estimates for design, development and testing at various stages of the project lifecycle, and oversee the design and development tasks for his/her team across multiple projects.

    Stay abreast of trends and the latest technology in his/her areas of expertise.

    Work with the ongoing support teams as needed to resolve critical production defects.

    When needed, support technical leads in client and vendor discussions.

    Works with other internal teams including Infrastructure and Operations to ensure applications / systems are deployed to Production and properly maintained.

    • BY Mark Feffer says:

      Yeah, James, but this is one posting. And even then, you can only take postings so far as an example. I just think when you toss in comments as you do about experience levels, you’re generalizing a bit.

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