DALLAS, TEXAS—There's an app for everything these days and because of that the app industry is becoming a leader in job growth. Good jobs can be hard to come by right now, as the unemployment rate remains high. But app developers say they're hiring.
We've all got them, but the folks at ShopSavvy are making them. "When we first began it was just two of us, we had a real small team, a real small idea," said ShopSavvy App Co-Founder Alexander Muse.
ShopSavvy is an app developed right here in Dallas. It scans bar codes and helps consumers compare prices. It started as a basic android app in 2008 . Now it's on all smartphone platforms, and with 20 million users, the company expanding. "Our team has grown as well. We now have 12 people on the team. We`ll probably grow to about 20 by the end of the year," said Muse.
Ernie Capobianco with SQ1 Agency say the app industry is on fire. "App business is growing unbelievably fast," said Sq1 Agency CEO Ernie Capobianco. Capobianco says right now apps are a $17.5 billion industry. He says the market share for apps is expected to hit $30 billion by 2015 -- almost doubling.
"This is just the beginning with what we`ve been seeing with these apps," said Capobianco.
Young college grads working for app developers say they're seeing more and more their peers entering the business too.
"My friends are going into this space too, one way or the other, a lot of them are building them, if they`re not building it, then they`re involved in helping other people build them," said ShopSavvy Co-Founder Rylan Barnes.
The folks at ShopSavvy say they sure don't see the industry slowing down anytime soon.
"The app economy is exploding, in the country, but here in Dallas maybe to a bigger extent," said Muse.
ShopSavvy says they currently have six job openings. They're all highly-skilled, well-paying jobs.