Mobile App Developer

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Currently Employed in Scotland

What is a Mobile App Developer

In this very popular role, you could be coding the latest application or providing the next critical update that improves the lives of app users around the world.

Top 3 job tasks:

  • Understanding consumer needs to create relevant applications.
  • Developing code that brings application ideas into reality.
  • Identifying and fixing bugs and any other potential app issues.

Getting in and Qualifications


There are many opportunities to develop the practical and technical skills required for a job as a Mobile App Developer.

Useful subjects:

  • Computer Science and Coding subjects
  • Art and Design
  • Physics

Entry requirements for courses can change. Always contact the college, university or training provider to check exactly what you will need.


A Foundation Apprenticeship in Software Development provides a work placement alongside study, giving valuable experience in a professional setting.

A Graduate Apprenticeship in Software Development is also an option, enabling you to gain a degree while working.

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A qualification at Higher National Certificate, Higher National Diploma or degree level is often advised for those looking to get a job as a Mobile App Developer. The most relevant subjects for this role include:

  • Computer Science
  • Software Engineering
  • Mobile Development

To enter a Higher National Certificate or Higher National Diploma course typically requires National 4/5 qualifications and one to two Highers. For entry to degree courses, National 5 qualifications and four to five Highers are usually preferred.

A portfolio showing previous mobile app development work is a useful resource to demonstrate relevant skills and experience to a potential employer.

Free online courses for improving app development skills are at Digital Skills Scotland.