March 21, 2017

Just a few days after the new year, TechRepublic unveiled IT’s hottest jobs for 2017. The article reports a promising future for IT hiring this year as digital projects continue to rise, and more and more companies are working with their IT teams to collaborate on business-related projects.

Of the hottest jobs featured on their list, this month we’ll focus on and provide you with a breakdown of the Full Stack Developer role. What does it take to be a Full Stack Developer? Do you need specific training or certifications to have this job? We’ll answer these questions and more!

What is a Full Stack Developer?

SitePoint explains that “The term full-stack means developers who are comfortable working with both back-end and front-end technologies. To be more specific, it means that the developer can work with databases, PHP, HTML, CSS, JavaScript and everything in between, also, venturing as far as converting Photoshop designs to front-end code.”

As explained above, Developers with ‘full stack’ expertise can operate the back-end and front-end technology platforms, rather than just one platform. It isn’t necessary for Full Stack Developers to know all the technologies, but it’s recommended to have an understanding of them.

Full Stack Developers must have more training than Back End, Front End, and Web Developers, for example. And, compared to these developer roles, Full Stack Developers are reported to earn thousands more as well.

How can I become a Full Stack Developer?

It can be overwhelming to think about becoming a Full Stack Developer as there are many technologies to learn and comprehend well enough to be able to successfully work with them. While it’s a challenge to become a Full Stack Developer, it can still be done! UserSnap has shared some great tips that can help you reach this goal.

  • Determine where you want to focus your efforts and develop a plan
  • Decide whichimportant technologies you want to master, rather than trying to learn all of them
  • Create testing pages to see where you might need improvement
  • Stay focused on fully learning those few important technologies
  • Taking a course can help you quickly learn new features
  • Grow your professional network by joining online forums
  • After all your training and learning, test your skills to see how you can specifically cater to your clients’ needs

Full Stack Developers have an advantage over other developer roles as they can offer a wide-range of technology expertise, and this can be appealing to hiring managers. It is a time-consuming process to learn multiple technologies, but it will pay off in the end as you could be earning a higher salary and offer more skills to future employers.

What do you see for the future of the Full Stack Developer role?

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Posted By: Jaclyn Roman

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