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Mobile app dev skills pull in big money

If you’re a mobile application guru, prepare to make bank.

Experience building mobile apps can earn technology pros an average salary of $147,000, according to research by Paysa.com, a professional services provider for job seekers. It’s not the highest-paid technology job skill of the 248 that Paysa analyzed in the U.S. — natural language processing, high-performance computing and a few others glean even bigger pay days — but mobile application development experience ranks higher than most.

Mobile app dev skills even elbow out cloud computing skills, which bring in an average salary of $140,000 — a surprise because cloud has held the spotlight in the tech world for much of the last decade. Other skills aren’t as hot anymore: Legacy areas such as XHTML and Microsoft Office are two of the lower-paid skills Paysa studied, both around $119,000.  The payout for mobile app skills could be because of the app developer shortage: Employers are willing to pay more for skills they view as less common, the report said.

With mobile development beating out all those skill areas, it’s clear that developers should get their feet wet with mobile app frameworks, languages and design strategies in the coming years.

“People are doing everything on their smartphones and other mobile devices, driving the ongoing need for mobile app developers,” Paysa CEO Chris Bolte said in an email. “There is a huge tech talent shortage in general, and this is definitely true in the mobile app development space.”

In fact, there are close to 50,000 job openings for mobile app developers today, Bolte said.

In an analysis of different programming language skills, Objective-C — the traditional language behind Apple iOS — also comes out on top. Employees with Objective-C skills can earn around $140,000, or even up to $200,000 at some employers, according to the report. Still, Objective-C was only listed as a job requirement or a preference for ideal candidates on less than 2% of open positions. Apple’s newest language, Swift, didn’t appear at all on Paysa’s report.

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