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Working As A Ruby On Rails Developer

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

  • Repetitive

  • $85,610

    Average Salary

What Does A Ruby On Rails 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 Ruby On Rails 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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Ruby On Rails Developer jobs

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Average Length of Employment
NET Developer 3.0 years
Software Developer 2.7 years
Lead Developer 2.5 years
Java Developer 2.3 years
Developer 2.2 years
PHP Developer 2.1 years
Web Developer 2.1 years
J2ee Developer 1.8 years
Android Developer 1.8 years
PHP Web Developer 1.7 years
Junior Developer 1.4 years
Top Employers Before
Developer 5.5%
Consultant 4.3%
Programmer 3.2%
Architect 2.7%
Internship 2.6%
Top Employers After
Developer 18.1%
Consultant 4.6%
Founder 4.2%
Engineer 3.4%

Ruby On Rails Developer Demographics

Gender

Male

77.5%

Female

19.9%

Unknown

2.6%
Ethnicity

White

66.1%

Asian

21.6%

Hispanic or Latino

8.4%

Unknown

2.3%

Black or African American

1.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

41.2%

Mandarin

11.8%

Korean

11.8%

Portuguese

5.9%

Chinese

5.9%

German

5.9%

Cantonese

5.9%

French

5.9%

Polish

5.9%
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Ruby On Rails Developer Education

Schools

Boston University

8.0%

University of Massachusetts Amherst

8.0%

University of Massachusetts - Boston

6.0%

Texas Tech University

6.0%

University of California - Berkeley

6.0%

National University

6.0%

Northeastern University

6.0%

University of Maryland - College Park

6.0%

University of Washington

4.0%

Temple University

4.0%

State University of New York Albany

4.0%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

4.0%

University of West Florida

4.0%

State University of New York Buffalo

4.0%

State University of New York College at Brockport

4.0%

University of Montana

4.0%

New Mexico State University

4.0%

Pennsylvania State University

4.0%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

4.0%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

4.0%
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Majors

Computer Science

39.0%

Computer Engineering

8.7%

Electrical Engineering

7.7%

Information Technology

5.6%

Economics

4.1%

Biology

3.6%

Business

3.6%

Marketing

3.1%

Computer Information Systems

3.1%

Political Science

2.6%

Mathematics

2.6%

Psychology

2.1%

Computer Applications

2.1%

History

2.1%

Information Systems

2.1%

Computer Programming

2.1%

Sociology

1.5%

Music

1.5%

Management Information Systems

1.5%

Finance

1.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

58.8%

Masters

19.2%

Other

13.8%

Associate

4.6%

Doctorate

1.9%

Certificate

1.5%
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Real Ruby On Rails Developer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Ruby-On-Rails Developer Schoolkeep, Inc. Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ Mar 31, 2014 $150,000
Ruby On Rails Web Developer Move, Inc. San Jose, CA May 04, 2015 $150,000
Staff Ruby On Rails Developer Ruckus Wireless, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA May 01, 2015 $150,000
Senior Ruby-On-Rails Developer Schoolkeep, Inc. Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ Sep 04, 2014 $150,000
Ruby On Rails Developer Bloomberg, LP Washington, DC Feb 19, 2016 $150,000
Ruby On Rails Developer Onelogin, Inc. San Francisco, CA Apr 04, 2014 $145,000
Senior Ruby On Rails Developer Hewitt Associates LLC San Francisco, CA Feb 08, 2012 $142,000
Ruby On Rails Developer Bloomberg, LP Washington, DC Jan 23, 2012 $135,000
Ruby Developer Wal-Mart Associates, Inc. San Bruno, CA Aug 06, 2015 $135,000
Ruby On Rails Developer Coupa Software Incorporated San Mateo, CA Aug 25, 2016 $135,000 -
$145,000
Ruby Developer Wal-Mart Associates, Inc. San Bruno, CA Jun 08, 2015 $135,000
Senior Systems Developer/Ruby On Rails Developer Valtech Solutions Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Jun 03, 2013 $130,000
Jruby Developer (Software Developer) Intelmate LLC San Francisco, CA May 01, 2013 $130,000
Ruby On Rails Developer Bloomberg, LP Washington, DC Feb 19, 2013 $130,000
Ruby On Rails Application Support Developer Strategic Staffing Solutions, L.C. Dallas, TX Feb 25, 2013 $114,785
Systems Developer/Ruby On Rails Developer Valtech Solutions Inc. Dallas, TX Jul 01, 2013 $110,000 -
$120,000
Senior Ruby On Rails Software Developer Rednova Labs, Inc. Westwood, KS Apr 09, 2015 $110,000
Senior Ruby On Rails Software Developer Rednova Labs, Inc. Westwood, KS Sep 04, 2015 $110,000
Ruby On Rails Developer Valtech Solutions Inc. FL May 27, 2013 $110,000 -
$130,000
Systems Developer/Ruby On Rails Developer Valtech Solutions Inc. Dallas, TX Jul 15, 2013 $100,000
Systems Developer/Ruby On Rails Developer Valtech Solutions Inc. Dallas, TX Jul 01, 2013 $100,000 -
$120,000
Rails Developer Annkissam LLC Boston, MA Aug 21, 2014 $83,331
Rubu On Rails Developer I 5 Tech, Inc. Santa Rosa, CA Sep 15, 2016 $81,000
Ruby Developer Waynsys, Inc. Edison, NJ Jan 10, 2016 $81,000
Ruby On Rails Developer Charter Global, Inc. Tysons Corner, VA Jun 18, 2015 $80,000
Ruby On Rails Developer Precision Global Consulting, Inc. New York, NY Oct 26, 2011 $80,000
Ruby On Rails Developer Fusion Plus Solutions, Inc. Culver City, CA Dec 09, 2016 $80,000
Ruby On Rails Developer Fusion Plus Solutions, Inc. Culver City, CA Sep 12, 2016 $80,000

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Top Skills for A Ruby On Rails Developer

RestfulAPIJavascriptWebApplicationSQLServerGITJqueryCSSRspecHtmlDatabaseAjaxGemsTestDrivenMVCUserInterfaceJsonHtml5FrontEndApplicationPostgresqlXML

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Top Ruby On Rails Developer Skills

  1. Restful API
  2. Javascript
  3. Web Application
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Used Restful API to gather sales related data for products.
  • Cleaned up website JavaScript to conform to standard coding style and enforced this style through automated template (JSHint).
  • Enhanced web applications with new features, bug fix, test coverage, and better performance.
  • Designed the SQL Server Database, and Wrote Stored Procedures and Triggers for effective Data Processing and performance.
  • Collaborated with peers by pair programming, using Git version control.

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