Mobile and smartphone applications have become indispensable to many Australians for both personal and business use. The rapid uptake of the technology has led to establishment of university courses dedicated to the development of apps.
Mobile apps essential to businesses
Every passing year sees a host of new mobile phone developments, and they are now an integral factor in work and productivity as well as communication. Not only do consumers use phone apps to interact with retail and service providers – businesses are also discovering ways that mobile phone apps can increase productivity.
The need for constant improvement has resulted in a huge demand for developers of mobile applications. Around 10 percent of IT jobs in Australia are now related to the development, support and maintenance of mobile applications and platforms, with the significant growth expected to continue.
According to a report recently conducted by Forrester Research, “Having a mobile website or app is not enough: constant evolution and improvement will be the only way to keep ahead of the competition.”
Study in a growth industry
In order to meet demand and train the next wave of developers, Charles Sturt University has created the Master of Applications Development degree. The course is designed to empower students in design and maintenance of Apple IOS, Microsoft and Google Android mobile app platforms.
The course is supported by input from leading app development companies including home-grown Australian experts Gruden, developer of a mobile retail platform, and Mobile Den, builder of mobile apps for high profile companies worldwide.
Students taking the Master of Applications Development course will be given the opportunity to learn sophisticated frameworks including Xamarin, Unity and PhoneGap to create and build cross-platform apps. The opportunity to commercialise their own app creations is another significant feature of the course.
As one of the world’s largest facilitators of distance education, Charles Sturt University offers a full curriculum, mentorship and support, while providing the opportunity to study for this relevant and highly sought after qualification online.