Today, an ‘app’ can solve almost any problem that arises in everyday life, from counting the steps, collecting exciting information or controlling bank accounts, among a myriad of options.
This technological explosion is generating opportunities in many fields, especially in the development of mobile applications. Three years ago, the European Commission predicted that, in 2018, the community sector of the development of ‘apps’ could generate 63,000 million euros and employ more than 4.8 million workers, of which at least 2.7 million would be developers of ‘apps.’ To this day, that threshold seems already exceeded.
In Europe, the Scandinavian countries and Germany are the leaders of the ‘app’ sector, with companies such as Rovio or King. However, the development of applications is also gaining strength in Spain, so that in the last five years the demand for application developers in the Spanish labor market has multiplied by 17, according to Infojobs.
Training At All Levels
Given the need for professionals to cover these profiles, there are several educational itineraries to be trained as an application developer. At present, in Spain, there are specific courses, vocational training formative cycles, university degrees and master’s degrees that, with their different programs and durations, offer the necessary knowledge to join a growing sector.
“Given that it is a very demanded profile at the moment, there are many studies that one can do to become a developer of ‘apps,'” says Daniel Lopez, coordinator of the Higher Level Training Cycle in ‘Development of Multiplatform Applications’ at the University Center U-tad. “There are courses of a few months that we think are too short to understand sufficiently well the complex technologies that are needed to develop ‘apps.'”
Due to his experience, Lopez believes that “an intensive two-year training course in which the student learns to use the technologies necessary to develop applications of different natures for a wide variety of platforms” is essential. Companies, says the U-tad coordinator, often criticize that many students are not used to developing applications for iOS platforms (iPhone, iPad, Mac) and spend months until they are productive. To alleviate this lack says Lopez, “the Cycle in ‘Development of Multiplatform Applications’ of U-tad is one of the few in Spain that trains students in the development of ‘apps’ for iOS and Android operating systems.”