I'm certain you're aware of the explosion in recognition of iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad applications. Even if you don't personal 1 of these devices, you've probably noticed one of Apple's commercials showing how amazingly fun or helpful all their apps are.
Businesses are obtaining into the app craze by the thousands. Not only are new companies being formed to develop apps, but many existing companies are building their own apps, either as an additional income stream or just as a way to build their brand.
In reality, a lot of businesses are starting to believe of apps as the new website: every business should have one!
Here's some thing to think about: who's actually building all these apps?
There's presently a huge disparity in between provide and demand when it comes to iOS development. The iOS platform didn't even exist 3 years ago, and all of a sudden there are tens of thousands of businesses and individuals desperately searching for individuals to build their apps.
It's a great time to be an iOS developer. Obviously new app companies have a need for developers, but even the large established companies require people. You don't have to look far to find places searching to hire, and you can also do great working as a consultant or freelancer. Many businesses aren't searching to develop an app in-house if app development isn't a core component of their business.
In addition, no matter where you're situated in the world, there probably isn't a lot of outsourcing for iOS development. It's just too new a platform. Off-shore development shops like to focus on large, established platforms for which certifications are accessible. This is why.NET and other Microsoft platforms are so huge in the outsourcing globe, while open supply platforms are comparatively limited. The iOS platform is nonetheless only a few years old, and Apple has however to create an official certification program.
I anticipate this demand is only going to continue, at least in the brief term of the subsequent few years. The iPhone is nonetheless hugely well-liked, and is continuing to be added to new carriers, which means new users. The iPad's growth has been huge even in the fairly brief time it's been accessible.
Another aspect not to discount is the Mac App Shop. I expect it to only get much more popular as it becomes further integrated with Mac OS X Lion. If you're an iOS developer, it's only a extremely short jump to building 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 currently employed, it's a fantastic ability to have in your back pocket.