We all have our favorite mobile apps, from Pinterest to Pokémon Go. It's increased demand for mobile apps like these that have made it challenging for firms to find candidates with mobile app development skills.

Add to this a lack of relevant mobile application development training and curriculum offered by higher education today, creating an increasingly competitive hiring market and escalating application developer salary requirements.

The mobile application industry is booming, with total revenues from mobile apps projected to reach $99 billion by 2019. Not to mention that starting salaries for those with mobile application development skills are expected to see a 3.4 percent increase in 2017, to a range of $118,750-$182,250.