Who’s made a buck developing a mobile app?

35% of IT pros surveyed have developed a mobile app, Dice.com reports

If you're an IT pro with solid mobile skills, job openings are plentiful. But what if you're not? Turns out at least a few part-time mobile developers and hobbyists are making a buck off their mobile apps -- though just how much money they're making is a mystery.

In its latest survey, IT jobs site Dice.com asked respondents if they've developed a mobile app. A majority 83% said no, and 17% said yes. Among those who have developed an app, 27% said mobile is their full-time pursuit, 42% said it's a part-time pursuit, and 41% described it as a hobby. When asked if they've made $1 or more publishing a mobile application, 35% said yes and 65% said no.

Interestingly, full-time developers said they prefer to work on the iPhone platform (cited by 44%) over Android (33%), while part-time developers prefer Android (42%) over iPhone (34%).

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On the jobs front, demand for Android developers outnumbers iPhone developers. Back in April, Dice.com listed 1,160 jobs that asked for Android development skills and 1,035 that asked for iPhone skills. Since then, the gap has widened.

Employers are searching more and more for Android developers, according to Alice Hill, managing director at Dice.com. "For every request in search of iPhone experience, you'll find 1.4 requests for Android," Hill wrote in her latest research brief.

Dice.com currently lists 82,836 available tech jobs.

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