Google has a new mobile web specialist certification for developers. Individual developers or those developers who are working with a team in a web development company could demonstrate their skills for effective web applications.
Careers and jobs in the IT industry are becoming more and more popular with each passing day. Although this creates numerous open positions, it also means much more competition. Google today announced a certification to help developers stand out from the crowd.
The new certification program for mobile web developers allow them to demonstrate their skills to build flexible and responsive web applications. The course is part of the existing certification programs of Google for Android developers, data engineers and cloud architects.
THE CROWDED WEB DEVELOPER MARKET
It’s a crowded market for a web developer these days. Of course, a developer would want to set himself/herself apart from other developers. The Google Developers Certification Team is happy to announce the Mobile Web Specialist Certification. Based on thorough market analysis, the new certification highlights developers with in-demand skills as mobile website developers.
HOW TO EARN THE CERTIFICATION
To earn the certification, developers should take an open book examination, which costs $99. Moreover, they should go through several coding challenges as well as a 10-minute exist interview in order to pass the test. The candidates will have four hours to finish coding challenges and take thee stabs of the exam if one does not pass in the first attempt.
Basic web development layout and styling, performance optimization and caching, progressive web applications and debugging are some of the topics covered in the test. Furthermore, there is also a study guide provided to help prepare for the exam. A developer who passes the exam would be awarded a ‘digital badge’ to display on the resume as well as social media profiles. The aim of the badge is to give developers a way of highlighting their expertise to prospective employers. While the test is an untested program now, it remains to be seen how the certifications would help developers in the hiring and interviewing decisions of a web design company.
HIGHLIGHTING IN-DEMAND SKILLS
The certification helps web developers show future employers how knowledgeable they are in their field. Moreover, it’s intended to be used by developers to highlight their in-demand skills and what they have to offer. Although it’s focused on developing for mobile web, Google states that the skills used in the exam could be applied to the desktop too.
In passing on the first try, one is awarded with a digital badge that could be added to the resume or profiles. There are two more chances if one fails on the first test. The certification is the second of its kind that Google has created. The first one was the Associate Android Developer Certification, which tests developers regarding their skill and knowledge in developing software for the Android operating system.
Taking the certification could be very useful in getting into the Google mindset about technical/user experience aspect of websites that one is working on. One has to become intimately familiar with the recent mobile-first initiative, which includes crackdown on email popups and favorable indexation for sites adopting their AMP page formatting.
THE FUTURE IS MOBILE WEB DESIGN
Newer statistics reveal that around a quarter of American businesses now have jumped on the mobile web train. Meaning that the window for leveraging one’s uniqueness as a business with a mobile site is narrowing fast. However, there is still time. A mobile site provides a small business a considerable competitive edge, partially because there are still a lot of small businesses that have one. In the very near future, more and more people would be surfing and shopping from their mobile devices than on their desktops. The American population, both young and old is swallowing the convenience of having the internet with them all the time via their mobile devices. Furthermore, the conversion rate from a page hit to a purchase on the mobile site is significant.
Web stacks will remain the most widely applicable tech for decades. Also, because of this, the web developers of a web application development company would end up being the most versatile in the market, enjoying long-term job growth, stability and work diversity. Mobile web design is the future and so the new Google certification is another tool that will put developers up in the rank when it comes to developing web apps and web solutions.
The future is for web developers. These professionals are not falling behind or becoming obsolete. They are rapidly becoming the most relevant developer in today’s device proliferation age. A developer could build anything and everything. Go out, build and be confident that as a mobile web developer, one is able to make the best career choice that a developer could make.