New app development is one of the key drivers in employment growth across the app industry in Canada over the last year.

The number of people employed in the development of business, games and entertainment mobile apps has grown by nearly 25 per cent, according to a recent report from the Information and Communications Council.

Software developers creating mobile applications generated $1.7 billion in revenue in 2013, according to the new study which highlights increases in the app industry in Canada.

The report says that an estimated 64,000 people work developing and distributing applications, with 45,800 employed by companies that specialize in app development. The majority of these workers at 28,700, including technical and non-technical people work in Ontario.

Approximately 50,000 new jobs are expected to be created between now and 2019, the report predicts.  This would be a result of the creation of new apps and consumer response.

Professionals most in demand  according to the report are apps designers; apps developers; apps testers; programmers (C#); technical artists; software engineers; software developers; graphic designers (UI/UX); product managers; system designers; system  developers; JavaScript, MYSQL, HTML5, and PHP developers; software designers with CSS3; cloud architects; data analytics; coders and user support analysts.