Roadmap to Becoming a Front End | Back End | Full Stack Developer

Developers are in high demand these days as most businesses are keen to have a robust online presence. However, before choosing it as a career option, you must figure out what kind of developer you want to become, front-end, back-end, or full-stack. These three are closely related yet significantly different from one another. 

Different Job Roles as a Developer 

As the name suggests, the front-end of any website is the part that users see and interact with. Their primary role is to design visual elements and structure of web pages. They also need to ensure that web pages are optimized for maximum speed.

Back-end developers are responsible for handling the server-side of the webpage and integrating it to the front-end.  Their role is to create databases, code, and manage the debugging side of the webpage. 

While a full-stack developer can assume the role of both front-end and back-end developers, they design the front-end website structure, user interactions, creating databases and servers, designing APIs, and much more.

Languages you must know 

All three of these roles require you to be proficient in languages such as HTML, Java, PHP, CSS, and Python. It would be best if you also had a strong understanding of database technologies like Oracle, MySQL, and MongoDB.

Demand for job opportunities

According to the US Bureau of Labour Statistics, the demand for web developers is expected to increase by 13% from 2018 to 2028. This includes all the three mentioned above and is much faster than the average of all occupations.

Salary expectations

A front end developer can expect an annual salary ranging from $95k to $139k, with a median salary of about $119k. Back-end developers earn about the same with a median salary of around $110k per year. Whereas, a full stack developer can expect to earn anything between $85k to $125k per year with a median salary of around $105k.

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