How to become an iOS Developer: Needed Skills and Education


With the obvious influence of technologies in today’s world, we are observing various new job opportunities and roles popping up everywhere in the last two decades. More and more companies are looking for people who are well versed in IT jobs and are talented in machines and software. 

One such role is that of an iOS developer. This direction is very perspective: for example, as of January 2021, Apple had paid a total of over 200 billion U.S. dollars to iOS app developers selling goods and services through the App Store. If you are aiming to be an iOS developer, you have decided on a great career path. However, if you are unsure what you have to do, where to get started, what are the skills that you need to acquire — this article has all that you need. Then, without further ado, let us see what you need to do to become an iOS developer. 

Skills that you require 

Firstly, let us focus on the skills that you need to have to begin with your career as an iOS developer. You don’t need to be a born prodigy to learn how to be an iOS developer. However, you would need these bare minimum skills for you to get started on your desired career path as an iOS developer.

●      Learning Swift

●      Learning SwiftUI

●      The capability of networking

●      Learning to work with data

●      Knowing how to version control

They are the bare minimum requirements that you must have. Other than that, there are few other skills that you can possess to land yourself a job as a junior iOS developer. In all honesty, these are not mandatory but are great to have. 

●      Dealing with core data

●      Learning UIKit

●      Proving and testing your codes to work

●      Knowing how to multithread

●      Learning software architecture

Once you have these skills in your favor, your path to be an iOS developer will roll out easily in front of you. 

What educational courses do you need to take?

Now that we have talked about skills, let us move on to the educational requirements. As the need for iOS developers and other such digital roles increase, more and more courses and resources pop up everywhere. Now, there are abundant options for you to learn what you need to to become an iOS developer. 

From the above-mentioned skills, it is quite clear that you would need to be proficient in Swift and SwiftUI. So naturally, you would need to look for courses that will teach you about these two. There are both paid and free sources from which you can learn more. Institutes have full-time courses that you can opt for. However, if you are looking for free sources, here are a few options you can opt for:

●      From Youtube

This generation of children and students know the value of Youtube and what a great teacher it is. Youtube remains a good teacher even for people who want to earn Swift. Numerous channels and vloggers teach you about Swift and how to master it fantastically and elaborately. 

●      Structured courses and tutorials 

You will find tons of courses and tutorials for free online that will teach you about Swift. Apple itself provides two options for learning— Teaching Code Site and collection of Swift Tutorials. The former provides you detailed and professional source materials to learn Swift, while the latter has material that will show you how to build apps. 

●      Opting for apps

Lastly, there are numerous learning apps nowadays that provide you with detailed and well-structured courses that you can opt for. Apple’s own Swift Playgrounds application is a great source to rely on. You can find absolutely beginners lessons as well as advanced materials here to suit your level of learning.

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David Harfield
He's the editor of FanAppic and a contributor to iPhoneGlance - we reckon he's got a bit of a thing for iPhones...