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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

  • $79,000

    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
Interactive Developer Developer Senior Software Engineer
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Interactive Developer Senior Web Developer Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Interactive Developer
Senior Front End Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Developer Business Analyst
Product Owner
9 Yearsyrs
Developer Project Manager Development Manager
Senior Development Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Engineer Design Engineer Senior Designer
Design Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Owner Creative Director
Director Of User Experience
10 Yearsyrs
Engineer Consultant Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
User Interaction Designer User Experience Designer
User Experience Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Mobile Applications Developer Android Developer
Senior Android Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Engineer Consultant Co-Founder
Chief Technology Officer & Founder
9 Yearsyrs
Consultant Information Technology Consultant Web Developer
Web Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
User Experience Designer Design Consultant Senior Graphic Designer
Creative Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Marketing Manager Marketing Manager/Project Manager
Digital Project Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Java Developer Lead Technician Technical Project Manager
Technical Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
User Interaction Designer Senior User Experience Designer Creative Director
Digital Director
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Java Developer Senior Web Developer
Senior PHP Developer
6 Yearsyrs
User Interaction Designer Senior Graphic Designer
Creative Lead
5 Yearsyrs
Senior Graphic Designer Studio Manager Traffic Manager
Freelance Project Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Web Content Manager Web Manager
Ecommerce Manager
6 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Lead Web Developer 2.4 years
PHP Developer 2.2 years
Developer 2.2 years
Web Developer 2.0 years
PHP Web Developer 2.0 years
Junior Developer 1.4 years
Top Careers Before Front End Developer
Developer 5.4%
Internship 3.0%
Programmer 1.4%
Webmaster 1.4%
Top Careers After Front End Developer
Developer 8.7%
Engineer 2.9%

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Front End Developer Demographics

Gender

Male

62.1%

Female

24.1%

Unknown

13.8%
Ethnicity

White

50.9%

Asian

21.8%

Hispanic or Latino

13.2%

Black or African American

9.6%

Unknown

4.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

29.1%

Mandarin

11.7%

French

10.6%

Japanese

8.4%

Chinese

7.8%

Russian

5.0%

Cantonese

4.5%

German

3.9%

Korean

3.4%

Portuguese

2.8%

Italian

2.2%

Arabic

2.2%

Tagalog

1.7%

Polish

1.7%

Vietnamese

1.1%

Hindi

1.1%

Greek

1.1%

Icelandic

0.6%

Romanian

0.6%

Hebrew

0.6%
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Front End Developer Education

Schools

New York University

7.8%

Full Sail University

6.8%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

6.7%

Stevens Institute of Technology

6.1%

Northwestern Polytechnic University

5.8%

More Tech Institute

5.4%

San Francisco State University

5.3%

University of Phoenix

5.1%

Illinois Institute of Technology

4.7%

University of Central Florida

4.6%

Rochester Institute of Technology

4.4%

University of Texas at Austin

4.4%

San Jose State University

4.3%

Columbia College Chicago

4.3%

University of Washington

4.3%

Arizona State University

4.1%

National University

4.0%

University of Southern California

4.0%

University of California - Los Angeles

3.9%

DePaul University

3.9%
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Majors

Computer Science

32.4%

Graphic Design

9.2%

Computer Engineering

7.9%

Computer Applications

7.8%

Computer Information Systems

7.3%

Information Technology

7.0%

Electrical Engineering

5.6%

Business

3.9%

Engineering

3.3%

Fine Arts

2.7%

Information Systems

2.2%

Communication

1.7%

Design And Visual Communication

1.6%

Management Information Systems

1.2%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.1%

Digital Media

1.1%

Marketing

1.1%

Computer Programming

0.9%

Finance

0.9%

English

0.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

54.8%

Masters

21.7%

Other

12.3%

Associate

6.5%

Certificate

3.7%

Diploma

0.6%

Doctorate

0.3%

License

0.0%
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Highest Paying City
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Highest Paying State
Nevada
Avg Experience Level
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How much does a Front End Developer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Front End Developer in the United States is $79,488 per year or $38 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $60,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $104,000.

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
Front End Developer General Electric Company San Ramon, CA Nov 21, 2016 $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 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 Genapsys, Inc. Redwood City, CA May 28, 2015 $140,000
Software Front End Developer Anagh Technologies Inc. Piscataway, NJ Aug 25, 2015 $95,000
Front End Developer Exadel, Inc. Walnut Creek, CA Sep 02, 2015 $95,000
Front End Developer Stellus Technologies Inc. Irvine, CA Nov 21, 2016 $95,000
Front End Design Developer Pebble Technology Corp Redwood City, CA Feb 23, 2016 $95,000
Front End Developer Monster Worldwide, Inc. Weston, MA May 07, 2016 $95,000
Front End Developer Pexeso, Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 15, 2016 $95,000
Front-End Developer Updater, Inc. New York, NY Mar 09, 2016 $95,000
Front End Developer Acne Media, Inc. CA Sep 11, 2015 $95,000
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
Front End Developer DOTW, LLC Santa Monica, CA Oct 21, 2016 $79,019

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Top Skills for A Front End Developer

  1. Web Application
  2. Html
  3. Css
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  • Involved in developing design specifications, website architecture and web application based on the provided functional and requirements and design layout.
  • Designed the front end applications, user interactive UI web pages using web technologies like HTML, XHTML, and CSS.
  • Designed and developed intranet web applications using JavaScript and CSS.
  • Developed and designed new cross-browser accessible interfaces by JavaScript, Bootstrap.
  • Developed front-end along with pages for user interactions for the entire website using HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript 1.8.5.

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