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Learning Mobile Development: Which path is more "marketable" ?

Pachi πŸͺ (she/her/ela)
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Hi there,
I am a jr. front-end Dev and I want to eventually get into Mobile development.

What is the path that has more demand?
Flutter?
React Native?
Something else entirely?

P.S. I am in the USA near NYC, so there is where I eventually would look for a job

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Ryan Warner • Edited

As a bottom line, I would suggest picking what interests you and go for it. Start writing code. You could spend a week in React Native, and decide to switch to Swift, and I don't think you would have wasted time.

There are jobs available for all of the mobile dev paths, especially in a big city like NYC.

That being said, you can't go wrong with Swift (iOS) or Android native. These are the officially supported languages maintained by the long-standing companies that sell mobile devices. I've always seen a high demand for native mobile developers throughout my career.

I agree with Suzanne @s_aitchison that a great way to see what companies are recruiting for mobile devs is to start hunting for job postings. Check angle.co/, stackoverflow.com/jobs, etc. to start getting an idea of the space.

Here's an image comparing Google search trends image comparing Google search trends. While I don't think this is the sole piece of data you should base your decision on, it's helpful to keep in mind.

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Pachi πŸͺ (she/her/ela) Author

Thank you for your great advice Ryan, very helpful!!!

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Ryan Warner

Edited my post to include the image. Still learning my way around dev.to :)

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Suzanne Aitchison (she/her)

It depends where you are based, but in the UK at least, native iOS and Android devs are in short supply and usually have really good earning potential.

If you're already a front-end dev though and don't want to go the native route, I think React Native is more in demand. The best way to check in your region though is to try searching for jobs referencing either and see what's out there πŸ™‚

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Pachi πŸͺ (she/her/ela) Author

Oh thanks, I am in the US, I will add that to the post!