2014 was a bad year for paper. When CareerCast released its list of the year’s most endangered jobs last June, it was clear that tech advancements were (at least partially) to blame. Newspaper reporters face growth prospects of -13%, while printing workers face job “growth” of -5%.
But for those who can build apps and websites, the future looks grand. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says that from 2012-2022, web developers have projected job growth of 20% – “faster than average for all occupations.” And your entrepreneurial spirit is in luck – a quarter of all web developers were self employed in 2012, earning an average of $30.05 per hour.
If you love to solve tough problems, can think systemically, and break complex ideas into solvable stages, web development could be your dream career. How can you tell if the work is for you?
Check out these apps to help you test the waters:
At the risk of stating of the obvious, a mobile phone is not a laptop computer.
So when you are designing a mobile app, keep in mind that your users may not be sitting at a desk, but rather, they might be wedged between two people on a train, balancing themselves with one hand and using their phones with the other.
Coming up with an idea for you mobile app is just the first step; creating a user experience that brings your idea to life in the hands of your users is a much more difficult challenge.
Name: Paul Canetti
Class Taught: Apps Unlocked, Crafting Tablet Magazines, Deconstructing iOS Interface Design, Online Advertising Ecosystem, Mobile/Tablet Advertising Ecosystem
Paul Canetti is the founder and CEO of MAZ, a publishing platform for tablet and mobile devices. Paul previously worked as a designer and instructor at Apple and Condé Nast, and as the Creative Director of an app development firm. These experiences have shaped his understanding of the important intersection of content, design and technology.