Are you the kind of person that likes handling a project from start to finish? Taking on the nuance and creativeness of front-end design while being able to write clean, functional code? If you think you’ve got what it takes to combine function and fashion to bring platforms to life, then being a full stack developer might be for you!
Full stack developers use their cross-discipline understanding of front and back-end coding languages to produce a functional, user-friendly experience.
Chances are, you’ve used a piece of software today that’s been in the hands of a full stack developer, even though you likely wouldn’t know it. Although the job is behind the scenes by its very nature, a full stack developer is an integral position when releasing software to users.
Full stack developers can apply their creative design how they see fit to allow for an enticing user experience while managing back-end operations to work seamlessly together. The position allows for considerable control of a project and allows the position holder to flex their muscles in several different disciplines.
Sample job description
We’ve continued to be the best at providing software solutions for one simple reason – we hire the best! Right now, we’re looking for a full stack developer to join our cross-platform team to make that happen. You’ll be expected to be comfortable with both front-end and back-end languages and have an eye for visual design and functionality. This position will be handling the entire software development cycle and will produce scalable software solutions in a team environment using the Agile methodology. If you think you have what it takes, we’d love to hear from you!
Typical duties and responsibilities
Ideate, develop, and implement software solutions
Design client and server-side architecture
Create and maintain databases and applications
Create appealing front-end applications
Design and test effective and efficient functionality
Create and update technical documentation
Troubleshoot, debug, and update software
Education and experience
Degree in computer science, statistics, or another related field
2+ years proven experience as a full stack developer or related role
Required skills and qualifications
Excellent teamwork skills
Exceptional attention to detail
Master of time management and organization
Working knowledge of numerous languages and frameworks
Working knowledge of databases, web servers, and UX/UI design
A keen analytical mind with a creative flair
Bachelor’s degree in computer science or computer engineering
3-5 years experience in a full stack developer position
Extensive experience with web application frameworks
Experience working in a team environment
Experience with Microsoft 365 products
Experience with Azure cloud computing
Typical work environment
A full stack developer will be working almost exclusively in an office environment. Generally, you’ll be working alone or with a team, remote or in-office with occasional travel for meetings or conferences.
The vast majority of full stack developers will be working a standard 40-hour week, from 9 AM to 5 PM. In some unusual scenarios, it may be possible that this position requires extra crunch time to finish a project. However, this is far from the norm, and most developers work normal hours.
As full stack developers work with a variety of different languages, platforms, and services, there are several certifications to keep an eye out for:
Udemy Full Stack Developer Certificate. This beginner-friendly course provides a step-by-step approach to developing a good foundation for current web development. Utilizing HTML5, CSS3, JQuery, Unix, NPM, REST, authentications, PassportJS, Authorization, and much more, you can dive into the world of full stack development with these instructor-led courses.
Coursera Web Development. Beginner-level courses specializing in web development and coding, offered by the University of Michigan. This 5-course structure will teach YouTube basic design principles and create interactive web experiences with several exercises, quizzes, and assignments. This finally culminates in the student designing their very own portfolio as their final project.
Udacity “Nanodegree” Certification. This certification focuses less on the development of foundational strengths and more on job-relevant specifics that industry leaders tend to look for in their candidates. With this in mind, it’s recommended that you have prior experience with object-oriented programming languages. Upon completion of this certification, you’ll demonstrate that you can design and build databases, create and deploy APIs, and handle application backend work.
The journey to becoming a full stack developer starts with a bachelor’s degree in a related field. After obtaining a computer science, computer engineering, statistics, or other related degree, one should seek to familiarize themselves with the full range of tools they’ll be expected to work with. Obtaining certification and being able to prove your competence in the position is key. Creating a portfolio of projects, either from past employment or that you’ve made yourself, will go far in showing your ability to handle full stack development.
Naturally, the next step is to continue gathering experience in the position and building your portfolio. Staying up-to-date on new technology, new language, and practices is key to staying relevant in this field.
US, Bureau of Labor Statistics’ job outlook
SOC Code: 15-1257
Projected Employment in 2030
Projected 2020-2030 Percentage Shift
Projected 2020-2030 Numeric Shift
The digital space has completely transformed the way we handle commerce and culture, and every day more and more websites, apps, programs, and widgets are released to attract users. There will be a significant need for full stack developers to make sure that these projects not only look good but work well too. Since this is the case, there’s faster than average growth for this position in the next decade, and demand is expected to grow further as we transition more into the digital space.