It’s incredible to imagine the rate of growth and innovation Android has experienced since it was founded in Palo Alto, Calif. in 2003. After having been acquired by Google in 2005 and established as an open-source platform in 2007, the operating system (OS) has become the most widely-used mobile platform in the world.
From smart TVs, to tablets, to smartphones and wearables, Android has flourished in the tech market. In fact, Android now offers more than one million unique apps on Google Play, and has helped create a new sector of affordably priced smartphones that didn’t exist previously. Without a doubt, Android has made a significant impact on the mobile ecosystem, which accounts for 13 million jobs and $3 trillion of the world’s GDP. All of this and more makes us very excited to announce our Android Developer path!
Why Become an Android Developer?
Our goal at OpenClassrooms is to give students the key skills they need to secure the most in-demand jobs in the industry. In Europe alone, more than 1.2 million jobs have already been generated by the Android platform and the European Commission predicts that the entire apps sector will employ 4.8 million people by 2018, contributing €63 billion to the European economy!
Job growth in the U.S. for mobile app developers such as Android is also promising. For example, Mobile App Developer was ranked the ‘Best Job in America’ in 2017 and boasts a 19 percent projected career growth over the next ten years, according to CNN Money and Payscale – an online salary, benefits and compensation information company.
Career growth aside, becoming an Android Developer can be incredibly rewarding for those who are eager to become a member of a rapidly innovative field with a simple learning curve and highly collaborative nature of work. As an open-source platform, Android’s source code is available for anyone to make it their own without requiring any additional cost. Open-source also makes it easier to practice.
About the Path
As an Android Developer, you can expect to build mobile applications on the Android OS; write clean, well-structured code; take project briefs from clients and build apps based on those needs; and more. At OpenClassrooms, we’re committed to teaching students valuable skills that prepare them for the real world. That’s why students can expect to learn a variety of skills, including:
- Creating Android applications based on Java and the development environment Android Studio
- Communicating with a database to store and retrieve information
- Writing unit and integration tests, as well as interface tests
- Producing technical and functional documentation of an application
- Using a network to retrieve information
- Understanding and applying Design Patterns to ensure application stability
- Analyzing a project brief and choose a technical solution
- Creating technical architecture using UML diagrams
- Respecting Material Design recommendations to provide the best user experience possible
Learning at OpenClassrooms is project-driven, offering hands-on experience for students to hit the ground running when they start a job. In addition, as with all our learning paths, students are allocated a dedicated, professional mentor who will offer personalized support via weekly video conference sessions. This mentor offers guidance on projects, helps define objectives and guides students until they reach their goals.
The Android operating language is present across a multitude of digital devices. While primarily designed for touchscreen devices like smartphones and tablets, Android has also developed Android TV for televisions, Android Auto for cars, Android Wear for wrist watches and other electronic platforms. Google products are widely used in almost every industry, and no company that ventures into web or mobile services would be able to do so fully without building Android applications.
This presents endless opportunities for our Android Developer students to utilize their skills and break into new and exciting sectors, including:
- Virtual and augmented reality
- Mobile applications
- Software and hardware
- Video and mobile games
- Automobile entertainment systems/apps
- Wearable technology
- Home entertainment systems (e.g., smart TVs)
Does a career in Android development sound exciting to you? Want to learn more about the learning path we offer? Visit openclassrooms.com/paths/android-developer for more information on what types of projects you may work on, skills you’ll learn and more. We can’t wait to work with you!