Mobile application development skills are rising in demand as the usage of smartphones such as iPhones and Android phones become more popular. Technology instructor James Keltgen discusses the new Software Application Development degree program at Rasmussen College and the growing demand and opportunity for individuals with these new skills on KEYC-TV, originally aried on 4/7/11.
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Stacy Steinhagen: Apps on cell phones, iPads, and iPods are incredibly popular.
Dion Cheney: For one, that Angry Bird game that's made tons of money for providers, I haven't really played it yet.
Stacy Steinhagen: Yeah, not yet.
Dion Cheney: Now programming those apps is spreading to colleges and universities as an opportunity for students.
Stacy Steinhagen: News 12's Annie Stensrud tells us about one local college that is now offering classes in creating the next popular app.
Annie Stensrud: It's a sign of the times. Rasmussen College is now offering classes on developing applications for smartphones. That's because the use of apps has become so common.
James Keltgen: You look at like places like Apple, Android, all these things. Everybody essentially who's got a phone has mobile applications, and that's what is actually awesome about it is this new program essentially caters specifically to those mobile applications.
Annie Stensrud: A major difference in programming for apps from traditional computer programming is that the apps can be programmed to change directions as you turn your phone or iPod. Rasmussen began the program in March, and since this is getting to be a booming industry, it's important for students to learn the trade.
James Keltgen: It's definitely to get jobs. Again, this market is huge. So having a program in place that specifically caters to it is fundamental for it.
Annie Stensrud: Not only is it a booming industry, it's new.
James Keltgen: Bureau of Labor and Statistics, when they came out in 2008, they didn't even have mobile application development as one of the career outlooks. It's literally that new. So, it's been within the last two years that this has just literally taken off.
Annie Stensrud: Rasmussen started their app program in March, and instructor Jim Keltgen says this is a great career for future programmers.
James Keltgen: If you're a problem solver or somebody who happens to like math, things like that, this is the type of career that actually you'll grow to love.
Annie Stensrud: A career in a new industry with plenty of room to grow. In Mankato, Annie Stensrud, News 12.
Stacy Steinhagen: I'm still working on my app.
Dion Cheney: Got to start thinking.
Stacy Steinhagen: Another thing that makes programming apps a lucrative career, just about anybody can do it and people can start early before they begin college courses on the subject.
Dion Cheney: So, there you go.
Stacy Steinhagen: There you go.