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  1. #1 appropriate degree to become a mobile app developer? 
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    Hey all,

    I'm looking to do a career change and this is the job that interests me the most. However, i'm not sure what sort of degree would be most appropriate. I've seen many things like Computer Science, Software Engineering etc.

    I was hoping some people in the industry could put me in the right direction?

    Thanks for your help.

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    Sorry if this is a bit long-winded.

    First off, I suggest that if you want to be a mobile apps developer, the best place to start is to begin developing mobile apps. Programming and application development are best learned by doing. Decide which language you would like to learn, do a little research to find some good books and forums you can learn from, and start coding. This way you will gain experience and see if it is something you are truly interested in pursuing.

    I don't think you need a degree to be a developer. There are many successful developers that never went to school for computer science or a related field. With that being said, I am three classes away from a masters in Computer Science and know how invaluable my education has been. I have also been working as a software developer for the past seven years. Writing code every day is where I have gained most of my knowledge and experience. Learn by doing.

    The question of whether a programmer/developer needs to go to school for it or not is all over the internet. Here is just one example. Do you need to go to college to be a computer programmer

    Good info from the U.S. Dept. of Labor on computer software engineers and computer programmers. Computer Software Engineers and Computer Programmers

    Computer Science vs. Software Engineering? This is another debated topic online. Here is one article about it: Software Engineering, Not Computer Science

    Good forum post about where to start with programming: education - I'm graduating with a Computer Science degree but I don't feel like I know how to program - Programmers - Stack Exchange

    There is such a wide range of topics that I have learned about in school. School has, in a way, accelerated and focused my learning. There is nothing I have studied in school that couldn’t have been studied on my own. School gives you a path, professors, help, forced projects and deadlines, exposure to many topics, and a smaller bank account. You will hopefully finish with a degree that proves to others that you have at least enough knowledge to get the degree. Your portfolio of finished programs/code is what will show what you are capable of doing.

    Experience is still one of the best teachers when it comes to programming and software development. Practice makes perfect. Learn from your mistakes. Solve real-world problems.

    I hope this helps. I hope you enjoy programming. It can be very rewarding.

    -printf("Hello World!");

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