Spending your certification dollars on a mobile app development certification could be a very smart move.
Credit: ShutterstockWhen you read stories about 11-year-olds creating fantastic apps that make it to the Windows Store, Google Play or Apple’s App Store, it makes you wonder why anyone really needs a mobile app certification. The reality is that few professionals are going to make their fortunes, or even a living, by creating and selling the "next big app." In fact, most will take jobs as developers for major companies or do app development as freelancers.
What can you expect to get paid as a mobile app developer for a company in the U.S.? GlassDoor reports that the national average salary is $72,187, but that number varies greatly depending on location. For example, the average salary in the Austin, Texas, area is $93,971. That's more on par with SimplyHired's national average of $107,000.
A mobile developer certification can help you achieve a sizeable salary. When you need to get your resume noticed or prove that you deserve a promotion, a mobile app certification can also make a real difference.
We took a detailed look at certifications from Microsoft, Google (Android), IBM, Kony and SANS GIAC. We choses these because of their presence in the industry, their demand by employers and their overall value to certification candidates. We also mention some certifications in the last section of this article that are worthy additions to a developer's portfolio but that don't carry as much recognition or cachet as our top five picks do.
Before you begin exploring the featured certs, take a look below, which contains the results of an informal search of various job boards to see which certifications employers are looking for across the U.S. These results are a snapshot in time from a particular day and may not reflect the actual job demands in your locality, but they should give you some feel for the relative demand for each cert.
Job Board Search Results
|Android Certified Application Developer||99*||103||26||21||150|
|IBM Certified Mobile Application Developer – Worklight Foundation||13||14||9||2||38|
|Kony Certified Developer||32||33||12||1||78|
*More than 300 hits using "Android developer certification" as the key term.
Continue reading to learn about some of the best mobile app development certifications available for IT pros today, which are presented in no particular order.
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