Careers in Mobile Technology

In 2002, there were 1 billion mobile subscriptions worldwide, by the end of 2008, there were 4.1B subscribers, and 5B by the end of 2010. The mobile technology "craze" has quickly become the way we do business.

Mobile technology: the tsunami of the future

Mobile technology has gone way beyond "wave of the future" to a veritable tsunami poised to overtake every aspect of our lives--business, personal, education, medical, entertainment. And, those who aren't already planning and implementing their mobile strategies could be falling behind.

Mobile Device

Seventy percent of the world's population has gone mobile with computers--laptops, netbooks, palmtops, personal digital assistants; mobile and "smart" phones; GPS devices and wireless terminals. They're using WiFi, Bluetooth, 3G/4G/?G, virtual private networks and other communications technologies.

By 2012, the market for mobile software is expected to jump to $17.5B, up from $4.1B in 2009, according to Chetan Sharma Consulting.

And for every application of mobile technology, there exist any number of career opportunities--those that are directly related and others that might surprise you.

IT careers in mobile technology

When you think of careers in mobile technology, you probably go directly to the IT and telecom professions at the forefront of mobile technology--network managers and security administrators, messaging and systems administrators, telecom specialists, software engineers and computer programmers, to name only a few.

However, even a project that seems primarily IT-based, like the development of a concept for a mobile app, could include marketing, graphic design and public relations professionals.

Other careers in mobile technology

One of the primary aspects of mobile technology is mobile persuasion, which uses mobile platforms to influence behavior in a variety of arenas including commerce, health, activism and others. According to BJ Fogg, noted Stanford social scientist and father of mobile persuasion, "Mobile technology will soon become the most important platform for changing human behavior." With the universal hue and cry being "go mobile," almost all careers will be impacted by mobile technology to some degree; some examples include:

  • Social media careers. Social media strategists, mobile marketing specialists, search engine marketing specialists, and bloggers need to tailor their social media strategies with mobile technology in mind. Everything is faster and more immediate and interactive.
  • Design careers. Game designers and graphic designers will find almost unlimited opportunities in mobile technology as new apps and games are developed. Many top companies such as Volkswagen and Barclaycard are developing mobile games to showcase their products.
  • Business careers. Mobile technology will innovate the way products are presented and sold, the way companies interact with staff and the way they interact with customers, and how materials are ordered, bought and paid for. From every level of business, it's important to incorporate mobile technology.
  • Internet marketing careers. Internet marketing has to be one of the top crossover careers for mobile technology. Mobile media solutions manager, mobile marketing solutions manager and site content editor for new media are only a few of the careers in this field.
  • Education careers. As educational institutions from elementary school through university offer classes and programs via mobile technology, teachers and other educators will be required to rethink how educational programs are designed and offered.
  • Medical careers. Career pioneers in the medical field will leverage mobile technology to deliver care outside traditional medical settings and promote timely and relevant health information, particularly to underserved populations. Mobile technology can be used to motive, educate and provide accountability for obesity, stopping smoking, dieting, exercise and so much more.

Education for careers in mobile technology

Only a handful of degree programs currently exist that relate specifically to mobile technology and most relate to the telecommunications and computer technology side of the equation. Many basic IT degrees, however, do include classes focused on mobile technology. Some mobile technology degrees include:

  • Certificate in mobile technology essentials
  • Certificate in wireless networking
  • Associate of Science in mobile technology
  • AS in wireless networking
  • Associate degree in mobile communications technology
  • Bachelor's degree in mobile and networks engineering
  • Master's degree in information technology--mobility
  • Master's degree program in mobile technology and business
  • Learning design and technology masters program (education)
  • Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering with a focus on mobility, security, wireless sensors and networking

Mobile technology is here to stay

All careers will inevitably connect with--or be influenced by--mobile technology at some time in the near future. Learn how your current career (or the career you anticipate) will be impacted and take the necessary educational steps now to make sure you have the mobile technology skills to stay well ahead of that mobile technology tsunami.

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