According to the International Telecommunications Union, there were 6.4 billion mobile phone subscriptions at the end of 2012, translating to 91% penetration globally, reports au.businessinsider.com. There were also over 2.4 billion Internet users, according to internetworldstats.com.
In line with these statistics, San Diego State University is helping prepare people to work in the lucrative, high-growth fields of mobile and web applications development by offering an award-winning graduate-level Advanced Certificate in Web and Mobile Application Development. Students can attend either online or as a blend of classroom and online instruction (hybrid), and courses may be applied toward the Master’s degree in Computer Science with graduate advisor approval. SDSU’s Department of Computer Science is offering the program in partnership with the College of Extended Studies.
The job demand is so high for mobile applications developers that employers have been contacting SDSU’s faculty for references and students regarding job openings, even waiting outside the classroom to offer jobs to students, according to program professors.
“The goal here is to train professionals so that they can immediately begin working in the industry to develop web applications,” said instructor Alan Riggins.
In the SDSU program, students study and gain experience with the languages and frameworks that are most commonly used in developing web and mobile applications, with the design of user interfaces and software systems, as well as associated topics such as networking, hosting infrastructure, and security. They also learn the fundamental principles on which these topics are based, so that they will be prepared for the new technologies that are constantly being developed.