What Prospective Employers Are Looking for in an Android Developer?
We have multiple reasons to claim that this is the best time to be an Android developer. The technology is exciting, evolving and most notably dominating, new devices are popping up all over the world map, and there is a very high demand for android developers. With hundreds of millions of users all around the globe, the possibilities for lucrative employment opportunities seem endless. IAMAI anticipates that as many as 20 million app developers are required by the year 2020.
Starting your career as an Android developer can be extremely rewarding in present scenario which is characterized by dominance of android in connected device operating system ecosystem. However, this all is not that easy as it sounds, especially when you are just getting started and do not have good certification with you.
Our mission at ADTC Global Education is to help students and professionals acquire the skills they require for the careers they want in android development. Getting started as an Android developer is similar to many other entry-level programming jobs, but let’s concentrate on exactly what prospective employers are looking for in an android developer and how you might start down this career path.
Required Skills for an Android DeveloperBased onour experience, we have enumerated a list of generalized requirements for anandroid developer. Off course you will run into different variants of these requirements,but this list should be a good starting point for you!
Required Technical Skills
To be anandroid developer, one should of course be comfortable with the Javaprogramming language. Although android apps can be developed using a number ofdifferent technologies, most requirements are for native app development usingJava and Android Studio or Eclipse as your IDE.
2. The Android SDK
This alsoshould come of course! But what all areas of the SDK should you specifically concentrateon? The following list enumerates some basic Android concepts that one shouldbe familiar with:
· You should possess a basic understanding of layouts and views
· A basic understanding of activities and their lifecycle
· A basic understanding of user input
· A basic understanding of the concept of getting data from the web
· The process of storing data
· A knowledge of collection views and Adapters (default and custom)
· Understanding of Action Bar
· Accommodating different screen sizes and densities
3. Understanding of APIs
As mentioned above in Android SDK point, gathering data from the World Wide Web is quite a basic skill for android app development, since so many apps have a network-based component. True that this may not be the job requirement everywhere, many positions expect the android developer to be able to work with their own API or some other available 3rd party APIs.
One Crucial Non-Technical Skill - Passion
Oh gosh…You may dread finding this word in various job requirements, but it appears pretty often. Employers around the globe are often seen looking for “passionate, self-driven and motivated” employees, but what does this actually mean? Even more important is, how should you convey this in a job interview?
First and foremost, you must believe in yourself and have this conviction of being able to excel at a given position. Then check if you can believe in what the employer is doing. If you believe that the given project has potential, convey your conviction that you have the required skills and aptitude to steer the project to success. Show the prospective employer that you are interested in the work by researching the company and the job at hand and asking relevant questions. After all, you need to find a meaning in the job position.
Other Common Requirements
There are a few other general requirements (quite often these are taken of course) that appear in various job requirements.
1. At Least One Published Android App
The easiest and most authentic way to show your prospective employers that you are the best candidate for the job is to have a real app on Google Play with your name on it. Employers are aware of this and often want to see apps you have already worked on and published.
Taking android application development training from ADTC Global Education gives you an opportunity to publish your developed apps on Google Play. You get to work on live projects while going through the android application development program.
2. A College Degree
Although, many job requirements still require a college degree, this is something you can challenge! Show your skills and dare not to hire you!
The list may seem like a lot to start with, but you can build up this pool of required skills faster than you might think. If you are already a student at ADTC Global Education taking the Android application development training, then you know by experience that how quickly you can learn the basics below. If you are not already a student, check out our Android application development program as it is structured to teach you everything you need to know to become an Android developer.
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