New College Degree: App Making Grads won't have to look far for work, says Rasmussen College By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff Posted Apr 14, 2011 2:59 AM CDT 0 comments Comments App development has rapidly become a viable - and lucrative - career path. (Getty Images) (Newser) – Want to develop apps for smartphones? Now there's a college degree for that. Rasmussen College, which has campuses in five states and offers online courses, has launched 2- and 4-year degree courses in app making, the Telegraph reports. The director of the college's School of Technology estimates some 300,000 new software development jobs are going to be created in the next few years, and many of those will be in app development. Rasmussen's program appears to be the first degree in app development, although courses in mobile applications have been around for a few years, and many more institutions are jumping on the bandwagon, notes Digital Trends. With the average app developer making some $63,000 a year, interest in the field is expected to keep surging—along with the number of apps.