I'm certain you're aware of the explosion in popularity of iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad applications. Even if you don't personal one of these devices, you've probably noticed one of Apple's commercials showing how amazingly fun or useful all their apps are.
Businesses are obtaining into the app craze by the thousands. Not only are new businesses becoming formed to build apps, but many current companies are developing their personal apps, either as an additional income stream or just as a way to build their brand.
In fact, a lot of businesses are beginning to think of apps as the new website: each business should have one!
Here's something to believe about: who's actually building all these apps?
There's currently a massive disparity in between supply and demand when it comes to iOS development. The iOS platform didn't even exist 3 years ago, and suddenly there are tens of thousands of businesses and people desperately searching for individuals to develop their apps.
It's a fantastic time to be an iOS developer. Obviously new app businesses have a need for developers, but even the large established companies need individuals. You don't have to look far to find places searching to hire, and you can also do fantastic working as a consultant or freelancer. Many companies aren't searching to develop an app in-house if app development isn't a core part of their business.
In addition, no matter exactly where you're situated in the globe, there probably isn't a lot of outsourcing for iOS development. It's just too new a platform. Off-shore development shops like to concentrate on large, established platforms for which certifications are available. This is why.NET and other Microsoft platforms are so massive in the outsourcing world, while open supply platforms are comparatively limited. The iOS platform is nonetheless only a couple of years old, and Apple has however to create an official certification plan.
I expect this demand is only going to continue, at least in the short term of the subsequent few years. The iPhone is still hugely popular, and is continuing to be added to new carriers, which indicates new users. The iPad's growth has been enormous even in the relatively brief time it's been available.
An additional aspect not to discount is the Mac App Store. I expect it to only get much more well-liked as it becomes additional integrated with Mac OS X Lion. If you're an iOS developer, it's only a very brief jump to developing Mac apps.
Learning to create apps doesn't have to be hard -- although the language, Objective-C, is new to most, there's lots of documentation available, whether it be from Apple's website, books, courses, or online tutorials. Even if you're presently employed, it's a great ability to have in your back pocket.