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Working As A Front End Developer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Processing Information
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $91,468

    Average Salary

What Does A Front End Developer Do

Web developers design and create websites. They are responsible for the look of the site. They are also responsible for the site’s technical aspects, such as its performance and capacity, which are measures of a website’s speed and how much traffic the site can handle. In addition, web developers may create content for the site.

Duties

Web developers typically do the following:

  • Meet with clients or management to discuss the needs and design of a website
  • Create and test applications for a website
  • Write code for websites, using programming languages such as HTML or XML
  • Work with other team members to determine what information the site will contain
  • Work with graphics and other designers to determine the website’s layout
  • Integrate graphics, audio, and video into the website
  • Monitor website traffic

When creating a website, developers have to make their client’s vision a reality. They build particular types of websites, such as ecommerce, news, or gaming sites, to fit clients’ needs. Different types of websites may require different applications to work right. For example, a gaming site should be able to handle advanced graphics, whereas an ecommerce site needs a payment-processing application. The developer decides which applications and designs will best fit the site.

Some developers handle all aspects of a website’s construction, and others specialize in a certain aspect of it. The following are examples of types of specialized web developers:

Back-end web developers are responsible for the overall technical construction of the website. They create the basic framework of the site and ensure that it works as expected. Back-end web developers also establish procedures for allowing others to add new pages to the website and meet with management to discuss major changes to the site.

Front-end web developers are responsible for how a website looks. They create the site’s layout and integrate graphics, applications (such as a retail checkout tool), and other content. They also write web-design programs in a variety of computer languages, such as HTML or JavaScript.

Webmasters maintain websites and keep them updated. They ensure that websites operate correctly, and they test for errors such as broken links. Many webmasters respond to user comments as well.

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How To Become A Front End Developer

The typical education needed to become a web developer is an associate’s degree in web design or a related field. Web developers need knowledge of both programming and graphic design.

Education

Educational requirements for web developers vary with the setting they work in and the type of work they do. Requirements range from a high school diploma to a bachelor’s degree. An associate’s degree in web design or related field is the most common requirement.

However, for more technical developer positions, such as back-end web developers, some employers prefer workers who have at least a bachelor’s degree in computer science, programming, or a related field.

Web developers need to have a thorough understanding of HTML programming. The most recent version, HTML5, contains new features that web developers need to understand. Many employers also want developers to understand other programming languages, such as JavaScript or SQL, as well as have some knowledge of multimedia publishing tools, such as Flash. Throughout their career, web developers must keep up to date on new tools and computer languages.

Some employers prefer web developers who have both a computer degree and coursework in graphic design, especially if the developer will be heavily involved in the website’s visual appearance.

Advancement

Web developers who have a bachelor’s degree can advance to become project managers. For more information, see the profile on computer and information systems managers.

Important Qualities

Concentration. Web developers must sit at a computer and write detailed code for long periods.

Creativity. Web developers often are involved in designing the appearance of a website and must make sure that it looks innovative and up to date.

Customer-service skills. Webmasters have to respond politely and correctly to user questions and requests.

Detail oriented. When web developers write in HTML, a minor error could cause an entire webpage to stop working.

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Front End Developer Career Paths

Front End Developer
Senior Java Developer Lead Developer Senior Consultant
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Developer Lead Developer Development Manager
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Web Developer Senior .NET Developer Lead Developer
Lead Architect
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Web Developer Senior Software Engineer
Lead Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Senior Java Developer
Lead Java Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Interactive Developer Senior Java Developer
Lead Technician
6 Yearsyrs
Freelance Web Developer Senior Software Engineer
Principal Software Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
Freelance Web Developer Senior Web Developer Senior Software Engineer
Senior .NET Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Mobile Applications Developer Android Developer
Senior Android Developer
6 Yearsyrs
IOS Developer
Senior IOS Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Developer Consultant Senior Software Engineer
Senior Java Developer
6 Yearsyrs
PHP Developer
Senior PHP Developer
6 Yearsyrs
PHP Developer Applications Developer NET Developer
Senior Programmer
5 Yearsyrs
Lead Developer Lead Technician Business Analyst
Senior Programmer Analyst
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Java Developer Lead Technician Business Analyst
Senior Quality Assurance Analyst
6 Yearsyrs
Lead Developer Business Analyst Senior Quality Assurance Analyst
Senior Quality Assurance Engineer
7 Yearsyrs
Interactive Developer Senior Web Developer
Senior Software Engineer
6 Yearsyrs
User Interface Developer Interactive Developer
Senior Web Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Senior Consultant
Solutions Architect
10 Yearsyrs
User Experience Designer User Experience Architect
User Experience Manager
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Lead Web Developer 2.4 years
Developer 2.2 years
PHP Developer 2.1 years
Web Developer 2.0 years
Java Web Developer 1.7 years
IOS Developer 1.7 years
PHP Web Developer 1.6 years
Junior Developer 1.4 years
Top Employers Before
Developer 5.5%
Internship 2.3%
Webmaster 1.8%
Programmer 1.5%
Top Employers After
Developer 8.9%
Engineer 3.5%
Consultant 1.3%

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Front End Developer Demographics

Gender

Male

68.9%

Female

25.9%

Unknown

5.2%
Ethnicity

White

60.6%

Asian

25.7%

Hispanic or Latino

9.1%

Unknown

3.4%

Black or African American

1.3%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

28.0%

Mandarin

11.2%

French

9.8%

Chinese

8.4%

Japanese

8.4%

Russian

4.9%

Cantonese

4.9%

German

4.2%

Korean

2.8%

Arabic

2.8%

Tagalog

2.1%

Italian

2.1%

Portuguese

2.1%

Polish

2.1%

Vietnamese

1.4%

Hindi

1.4%

Greek

1.4%

Icelandic

0.7%

Hebrew

0.7%

Ukrainian

0.7%
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Front End Developer Education

Schools

New York University

7.3%

University of Phoenix

7.3%

Full Sail University

6.9%

Columbia College Chicago

6.3%

Rochester Institute of Technology

6.3%

San Francisco State University

5.3%

University of Texas at Austin

5.3%

DePaul University

5.0%

University of Oregon

5.0%

Carnegie Mellon University

4.6%

Stevens Institute of Technology

4.6%

University of California - Irvine

4.3%

Cornell University

4.3%

University of California - San Diego

4.3%

Art Institute of Pittsburgh

4.3%

University of California - Berkeley

4.0%

Illinois Institute of Technology

4.0%

University of Washington

4.0%

Northwestern Polytechnic University

3.6%

Arizona State University

3.6%
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Majors

Computer Science

29.9%

Graphic Design

10.4%

Computer Applications

7.9%

Information Technology

7.8%

Computer Information Systems

7.0%

Computer Engineering

6.3%

Electrical Engineering

5.6%

Business

4.0%

Engineering

3.7%

Fine Arts

3.4%

Information Systems

2.2%

Communication

2.0%

Design And Visual Communication

1.9%

Management Information Systems

1.4%

Digital Media

1.3%

Computer Programming

1.1%

Marketing

1.1%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.0%

Finance

0.9%

Education

0.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

54.4%

Masters

20.2%

Other

13.1%

Associate

7.3%

Certificate

4.1%

Diploma

0.5%

Doctorate

0.4%

License

0.0%
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Real Front End Developer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Front End Developer Populus Group LLC Sunnyvale, CA Apr 04, 2016 $171,134
Front Office Developer Balyasny Asset Management, L.P. Chicago, IL Jan 21, 2016 $170,000
Principal Front-End UI Developer Hitachi Global Storage Technologies San Jose, CA Aug 17, 2016 $164,382 -
$178,700
Front End Developer Flexton, Inc. San Bruno, CA Jun 22, 2016 $160,000
IOS Front End Developer Spotify USA Inc. New York, NY Jul 30, 2015 $160,000
Front Office Developer KCG Americas LLC New York, NY May 11, 2015 $150,000
Software Engineer-Front End Web Developer Exabeam, Inc. San Mateo, CA Jun 30, 2016 $150,000
Back-End Developer Juicero, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jul 06, 2015 $150,000
Front End Developer General Electric Company San Ramon, CA Nov 21, 2016 $150,000
Front End Developer Ailive Holding Corporation Sunnyvale, CA May 01, 2016 $148,803 -
$168,000
Java Front End Developer Starpoint Solutions New York, NY Sep 03, 2015 $145,600
Front-End Java Developer Promeets Technology Corp Menlo Park, CA Oct 18, 2016 $144,000
Machine Learning Front End Developer Sears Holdings Management Corporation Emeryville, CA Jul 11, 2016 $143,000
Front End Developer Neon Labs, Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 17, 2016 $140,000 -
$170,000
Software Front End Developer Anagh Technologies Inc. Piscataway, NJ Aug 25, 2015 $95,000
Front End Developer Acne Media, Inc. CA Sep 11, 2015 $95,000
Front End Developer Stellus Technologies Inc. Irvine, CA Nov 21, 2016 $95,000
Front End Developer Exadel, Inc. Walnut Creek, CA Sep 02, 2015 $95,000
Front End Developer Monster Worldwide, Inc. Weston, MA May 07, 2016 $95,000
Lead Front End Developer Trans American Information Systems Inc. San Francisco, CA Jun 25, 2015 $95,000
Front-End Developer Updater, Inc. New York, NY Mar 09, 2016 $95,000
Front End Design Developer Pebble Technology Corp Redwood City, CA Feb 23, 2016 $95,000
Front End Application Developer North American Bancard Troy, MI Sep 16, 2015 $80,000
Front-End Developer Aniden Interactive Sunnyvale, CA Oct 30, 2015 $79,997
Staff Consultant-Front End Web Developer Information Control Company, LLC Reynoldsburg, OH Jan 26, 2015 $79,750
Front-End Developer Catapult Staffing LLC Plano, TX Sep 08, 2015 $79,747
Front End UI Developer Innovative Intelligent Solutions LLC Fremont, CA Sep 09, 2016 $79,498
Front-End Web Developer Sci Funeral & Cemetery Purchasing Cooperative, Inc. Houston, TX Jul 24, 2015 $79,186
Front End Developer DOTW, LLC Santa Monica, CA Sep 21, 2016 $79,019

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Top Skills for A Front End Developer

Html/CssWebPagesJavascriptJqueryUserInterfaceFront-EndAjaxHtml/Html5Css/Css3JsonWebApplicationSQLServerXMLAPIAdobePhotoshopMVCClientSideValidationGITWebServicesPHPAngularJS

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  1. Html/Css
  2. Web Pages
  3. Javascript
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Redesigned company website twice using HTML/CSS/Bootstrap/Adobe Photoshop.
  • Input title tags in various forms and web pages to ensure compliance with ADA guidelines.
  • Code HTML4, HTML5 , CSS2, CSS3 and JavaScript within the Java based WebSphere web content management system.
  • Used JavaScript, CSS, and HTML to create front-end screens of the module.
  • Used AJAX to implement some customizations which required dynamic behavior like controls dependent on user value selection on some other controls.

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