Choosing the role: API developer vs. Android developer

Providence Health & Services techemp
Dec 22, 2017 2 Comments

I worked as a front-end developer for 12+ years using Microsoft technologies like C#, WCF, WPF, ASP.NET Silverlight and Windows mobile apps.

Recently, nine months ago, I joined as an API developer of a platform team in a small healthcare based product development company in Seattle. I got a chance to work on Java, Node.JS, and many other open source technologies and building Microservices.

Now, some Re-Orgs are planning in the next month and management decided to moving me into Android mobile team. They were saying two reasons for selecting me. One, I know APIs, and how to interact with those and second, I have previous front-end development experience (Of course, not in Android, everyone knew that).

So, when I came here, I was excited to learn Java and all other latest open source technologies so that there will be a lot of future career options in many companies in Seattle.

However, I am not sure about the market for Android technologies and how it will be in future compared to the market for Java and open source technologies.

I am not sure whether it will be a good move for me or not. Please suggest me and give more details about which role has more value with respective to have more opportunities in future.

This helps me to respond to the management.

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  • Amazon jwkab
    I was in the position of being an Android developer but was hired into a team which owns a back end service when I joined Amazon. A number of recruiters have pinged me for Android developer roles but I am declining them all.

    Building and operating back end services at scale, designing good APIs etc are skills that you can't learn being an Android developer. I am not looking back for this.

    If your real interest is with building Android apps, sure. But don't let your management push you into roles that will not grow your career the way you want it to. Only you own your career, not them.
    Dec 23, 2017 0
  • Providence Health & Services techemp
    OP
    Thanks for the valuable suggestion.
    Dec 25, 2017 0