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how many hours do mobile app developers usually work ?

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Maurice’s Answer

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Agreed with James that the number of hours depends on the company culture, the size of the company, its funding situation, the size of the mobile development team, and how important the mobile app is to the company. (For example, if the company isn't earning any money until the app is being sold...expect some pressure and longer hours. If, on the other hand, the company has a cash flow already, you're probably more likely to do the typical 40-50 hours per week.

This sort of question ("What kinds of hours would I be expected to work? 40/week, 50/week, more?") can be a good one to ask in an interview, both to get a sense of what the company would expect, but also to give you a sense of whether or not you'd want to work for the company. 40-50 hours, or typical full-time work is generally something you can sustain for a long time. If, on the other hand, you get an answer suggesting that they expect 80+ hours per week all the time...that suggests a culture of permanent crunch time that you might want to stay away from.
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James’s Answer

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This all depends on the company, the project, and how close you are to pending deadlines.

Some companies will overwork their engineers which can lead to 60-80 hour weeks normally; the majority do not! Most companies adhere to the standard 40hr work week.

The occasional project is more involved than others as well. On projects where I've been learning new technologies, I find myself working an extra 5-10 hrs per week just to learn new things because I'm excited.

The other factor is how close you are to a deadline. We have all pulled a late night right before the big test. Nothing is different in the mobile app world.

To summarize, expect to work 40-50hrs per week on average. I will admit that some weeks I've worked as little as 30 hrs so it normally works out in the end.

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Hamilton’s Answer

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Hey Natalie,

The amount of hours required to be a mobile app developer really depends on the company you work for. Factors can include size, culture, and type of projects you're on. I suggest you determine the amount of hours you can work before accepting a position and let that determination be a factor throughout your interviews. Best of luck!
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