Higher education may help individuals pursue jobs in the fast-growing app making industry

Some schools now offer degree programs in app making, in order to satisfy the high demand for individuals who are familiar with this software.
Some schools now offer degree programs in app making, in order to satisfy the high demand for individuals who are familiar with this software.

Although the number of jobs that deal with creating smartphone and tablet applications, or apps, has increased greatly, officials from companies such as Hearst Corporation say there are not enough people who are qualified to fill them, the Wall Street Journal reports.

"The demand is constant," said Dan Gilmartin, vice president of marketing for Hearst. "Every company is looking for these people."

According to the news provider, the number of jobs with the keyword "iPhone" on Indeed - a career search engine - tripled last year. Similarly, listings that contained the word "Android" have nearly quadrupled. The number of mobile development jobs on Elance - a freelance website - have double from last year to this year.

In order to train people to enter this field, some schools have begun to offer courses of study in app making. For example, Rasmussen College, which operates in five states, recently began a two- and a four-year degree program to train mobile app creators.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the field of overall software development is expected to grow through 2018. In order to fill these many positions, a bachelor's degree is usually required, although some employers prefer a master's.

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