Full-Stack Developer: Job Description & Salary

Full-stack developers are highly experienced web developers capable of a wide range of design and programming tasks. Continue reading to learn more about what they do as well as their median salary and predicted growth.

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Career Definition of a Full Stack Developer

Website development has different components. While front-end developers focus on how customers use a site and what they see when they access the site, back-end developers work on the systems that provide information to customers. For example, a website dictionary's front-end aspects would involve a search function for looking up words and a menu bar to switch to a thesaurus or other possibly an online encyclopedia. The back-end data would include a system for determining what information a person is trying to look up so that the user is presented with the appropriate information after performing a search.

Full-stack developers are involved with front-end and back-end tasks. They may be responsible for both aspects of website programming and design. Their work can involve developing design plans for the site and how information will be accessed, as well as how the site looks and functions for users. Some full-stack developers may also work on software development or may be involved with developing computer program or site apps.

Educational Requirements Bachelor's degree
Job Skills Computer programming language skills, organizational skills, problem-solving skills, ability to work independently, teamwork skills, communication skills, good time management skills, creativity
Median Salary (2016)* $66,130 (web developers)
Job Outlook (2014-2024)* 27% (web developers)

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Required Education

While it may be possible to pursue some employment opportunities as a full-stack developer without a bachelor's degree, most employers seek applicants who have completed studies in computer science, engineering or a comparable field. Since full stack developers need a high level of programming skills employers may require knowledge of a number of programming platforms and languages, such as Java, C+ and JavaScript. It's also common for employers to seek applicants who have experience with Agile methodology. Certification in Agile isn't required, but may be an asset with those employers.

Required Skills

Full-stack developers need to have the creativity to address website design issues so that they can produce sites that are effective and functional. They also need to have problem-solving skills so that they can integrate the customer access features with the data stored in the site so that people can locate the appropriate information effectively. There are times that full stack developers may be working on projects independently and they need to be capable of time management so that they meet deadlines. They also need teamwork skills to coordinate their efforts with the work that's being performed by other design and development professionals. Strong communication skills also help foster teamwork.

Career Outlook and Salary

Specific salary data for full-stack developers is not provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The closest comparable job listing provided by the BLS is the data for web developers. The BLS indicated that web developers should expect to see a very high job growth rate of 27% from 2014 to 2024. The annual median salary the BLS reported for web developers was $66,130 in 2016.

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