“When I was at school I knew I wanted to be in IT,” he said. “I’d done lots of work with computers, building them.”

After leaving school at the end of Year 12, Tom went on to study towards a degree in IT at the Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology (CPIT), where he majored in programming.

After six months spent living at home and creating Nightmare, his own game for iPhone, Tom started applying for jobs and landed a developer position at Smudge Apps.

Seeing as there are now over 700,000 apps available for Android smartphones and tablets alone, it’s no surprise that New Zealand is keeping up with the trend and creating apps on our shores.

Tom explained that his work sees him working to develop ‘enterprise’ apps for large clients within
New Zealand. Smudge Apps has created apps for companies such as Yellow, Vodafone, Sky and Frucor.

“Some of our apps take a couple of weeks to develop and some are bigger and might take about three months.”

As the industry is still new and ever-changing, Tom said he is happy to continue working in development, as it keeps him busy.

“I love the challenge and the variation in the job. The other day I worked on six or seven different apps.”

Average pay

  • Web developers usually start on $35k–$50k per year.
  • Web developers with three or more years’ experience usually earn $60k–$80k per year.

(Source: AbsoluteIT)



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