What is a Nanodegree program? In this post, we’ll try to answer this question through looking at the credentialing process, and what it means to offer a skills-based approach. We’ll then highlight some important program details, including our hiring and curriculum partnerships. We’ll follow that by breaking down four key ways a Nanodegree program is uniquely valuable, and then presenting some use cases organized around experience levels. Finally, we’ll explore the distinction between tech skills, and being “in tech,” and show you why the skills you learn in a Nanodegree program are applicable across a wide array of exciting fields.
It’s a great time to become an Android Developer, and there have never been better opportunities to start preparing for a career in this rapidly expanding field. Our new Android Basics Nanodegree by Google offers aspiring developers with little to no programming experience an exclusive opportunity to get started on the path to an amazing career in Android Development by learning directly from experts at Google.
50 Android Developer Nanodegree Scholarships From Google!
The best part? Google will award the first 50 students who complete the Android Basics Nanodegree a chance to win a full scholarship to enroll in our career-track Android Developer Nanodegree program.
Successfully transitioning to this advanced degree program is a critical step for becoming an in-demand Android Developer, and with the support of Google, students now have a powerful financial incentive to pursue their career goals. Enrolled students will be able to monitor their Nanodegree progress on a public leaderboard, and Udacity mentors, coaches, project reviewers, and student support experts will help students stay on track from enrollment to graduation.
Hottest Jobs of 2016: Android Developer
There are currently 1.4 billion activated Android devices in the world today, and that number is growing. In India, China, and the EU5, Android holds a significant market share, and demand for developers is growing dramatically. Mary Meeker’s recently released Internet Trends Report predicts another year of significant gains for Android vs. iOS, and countless employment studies have placed App Developer at the top of their “Hot Jobs” lists, with salary growth estimates running above 20% year-over-year. Right now, there are well over 3,000 open Android Developer jobs on LinkedIn. Indeed.com shows nearly double that.
Do those numbers have you thinking about starting to build your own Android apps? Maybe you even have a great idea for an Android app, but don’t believe you’re capable of building it yourself? Well, think again!
The Android Basics Nanodegree by Google
We are extremely excited to launch our latest Nanodegree program with Google. The Udacity-Google partnership is one of the most valuable and unique assets we provide to our students, and this new program is a perfect example of this collaboration in action. Designed for students who don’t yet have experience building apps, Android Basics by Google will provide a guided, efficient path for new developers to learn the essential skills needed to build apps for Android. This includes:
- The essentials of the Java programming language
- Interacting with Web APIs
- Using a SQLite database
Most importantly, students will learn how to transform an app idea into a technically sound plan that can be implemented successfully. By the end of the Nanodegree, students will be ready to take the career-track Android Developer Nanodegree program, and will have built and submitted 10 projects, 8 of which are functional apps.
What You Need To Know Before Enrolling
The Android Basics Nanodegree by Google costs $199 per month and features all the unique components that are integral to the Nanodegree experience, including:
- Specialized courses built with—and taught by—Google experts.
- Learn-by-doing projects that enable students to create real products, and build professional portfolios.
- Expert project review and personalized feedback delivered within hours of submitting.
- Mentorship, coaching, and career services.
- Face-to-face learning opportunities through Udacity Connect.
With the addition of Android Basics Nanodegree by Google, we now offer every single student a point-of-entry into the world of Android Development, whether they’re just starting to program, or already building apps.
Last week, the iOS Nanodegree Team—like pretty much anyone who has anything to do with iOS development—was busy! Some of us, like Kate Rotondo, attended the big Apple Worldwide Developers Conference, known as WWDC 2016. (For some great insights on the all-important Apple keynote, you can read Kate’s conference report here). Others on the team, myself included, opted for an “alternative.” Specifically, AltConf.
Today’s post is guest-authored by Aaron McLean, Principal Technical Architect for AT&T Integrated Cloud.
My name is Aaron McLean. I’ve worked at AT&T for 17 years as a web developer and architect. In fall 2014, our group was in need of high-quality, low-cost training and certification. While we had online training, we needed more specific certifications within our software-centric network environment. Then one day, an email was sent to us from John Donovan (our Chief Technology Officer at the time), asking us to check out Udacity.com.
At Udacity, we love our students. We especially love to witness our students advancing through their careers and taking successful advantage of amazing career opportunities. We also love data. Which explains why we now love Paysa, and why we’ve integrated Paysa into our Nanodegree overview pages.
What is Paysa?
Here’s how the company describes what they do:
Paysa is a personalized career platform whose goal is to enable employees to optimize the value of their careers, across the full career arc. We do this by providing Paysa users with personalized and actionable tools, insights, and research so that they can understand what they are actually worth in the market today, and how to meet or exceed their worth.
I could tell you more about Paysa, and why we’re so enamored of them. I could tell you about how they leverage massive data sets, and utilize sophisticated machine learning algorithms. Or I could tell you what their CEO had to say about empowering job-seekers:
“With Paysa, we aim to empower individuals with all of the data they need to make an informed salary decision and help move conversations with employers from an opaque one, to one of transparency and clarity.”
—Chris Bolte, Co-founder and CEO, Paysa
Or, I could tell you that I really wanted to just title this post “Career Opportunities” so I could embed a recording of The Clash song. (Alright, I did embed it, but not until the end of the post!)
But what I really want to tell you about is the Paysa integration on our Nanodegree overview pages.
Career Opportunities: DevOps Engineer
Let’s say you were at Google I/O and heard Carter Morgan speak. And let’s say you got excited about the “Scalable Microservices with Kubernetes” course that he announced. And let’s say that when you looked up the course on our site you discovered it’s part of a new Nanodegree program that we’re launching soon, our DevOps Engineer Nanodegree program.
“DevOps Engineer, eh?” you say to yourself. And let’s say you get curious about career opportunities as a DevOps Engineer. That’s where Paysa comes in!
That Paysa module in the lower right corner is a linked resource. If you follow it, you’ll learn an INCREDIBLE amount about becoming a DevOps Engineer. Here’s just a sampling of what you’ll discover:
- The average salary for a DevOps Engineer is $111,432
- The average annual equity for a DevOps Engineer is $36K
- 34% of people in this role have No Degree
- 17% of people in this role studied at University College, Dublin
- 13% in this role know linux. 9% also know mysql
Fascinating, right? And again, that’s just a sampling of the information that awaits you. Paysa also lists companies with open DevOps roles. There are over 40 companies listed on the site right now, including Cigna, IBM, Adobe, Nike, and more. Some of our partners are on that list as well, like Accenture, Google, Amazon, and Microsoft.
Career Opportunities: Nanodegree programs
Advancing your career is what our Nanodegree programs are all about. And in Paysa, we have a new partner in career empowerment—which means you have a new partner. Each of our Nanodegree overview pages now features the Paysa integration, so as you’re beginning the process of selecting which program is right for you, and which one will further your career objectives, make sure to discover what Paysa can tell you about your future career opportunities.
Ok, NOW for The Clash!
The Udacity-Google partnership is one of the most valuable assets we provide to our students. Some of our most successful and impactful Nanodegree programs were built with Google, including our Machine Learning Engineer and Android Developer programs. Some of our most successful student events have involved Google, including Intersect 2016 and the Android Developer Career Summit. And some of our most outstanding new courses feature subject-matter experts from Google.
Speaking of new courses with Google, I’d like to introduce you to seven of them, all of which are… wait for it … wait for it … free!
Current and future iOS Developers, you’re in quite a spot these days. Swift is here, Swift 3.0 is coming, but there is still so much out there written in Objective-C. More and more companies are moving TO Swift as their main programming language, but those same companies have a LOT of legacy Objective-C code that has to be dealt with. Interoperability, to put it mildly, is a big deal. The true champions in this space will be those developers who know and understand both Objective-C and Swift, and who can—perhaps most importantly—rewrite from the former to the latter. Will this be you?