Front End DeveloperJob Description, Salary, Career Path, and Trends
Front-end developers are computer programmers who optimize web pages and mobile apps for maximum efficiency by creating designs that meet user requirements. Typical duties of a front-end developer include determining what the structure and design of a web page should be, creating a functional yet aesthetic design, and maximizing efficiency. Front-end developers must be conscious of maintaining brand consistency across all web pages. They work closely with back-end developers, graphic designers, and user experience designers to ensure the consistency of web designs. As such, a front-end developer needs to have strong communication and interpersonal skills.
A front-end web developer should be able to create seamless UX for a wide range of platforms, including mobile games, digital menus, rich video, and more. They must adhere to brand standards while observing UX best practices. A solid background in search engine optimization (SEO) is extremely helpful.
Sample job description #1
Work with a team of project managers, designers, strategists, and developers to build brand new experiences with VueJS/Nuxt
Use client work to refine our tools and tech with each build
Collaborate with designers early in the production process to help them understand tech capabilities
Share learnings with our team and help mentor less experienced teammates
Review teammate’s code and help maintain high code quality
2+ years of applied experience with modern SPA frameworks (React, Vue, Nuxt, etc.)
Experience or a deep understanding of statically rendered websites, their benefits, and drawbacks
Provide confidently clean code in with HTML, CSS & JS
Focus on the readability & maintainability of code
Implement cross-browser compatible features as a baseline
Strategically choose solutions that support efficiency in rendering, loading, and painting of the page on the full spectrum of devices and networks without sacrificing accessibility or UX
Familiarity with WCAG success criteria and generalized experience in building accessible, intuitive websites
Balance design aesthetics with accessibility, keeping WCAG guidelines front-of-mind while seeking opportunities to push the boundaries of the web as a medium
Comfortable with Git
Take personal responsibility for deadlines, code quality, and tasks
Experience collaborating with and mentoring other developers
Communicate effectively & often
Adept at creating and maintaining your development environment
Sample job description #2
This person will be responsible for bridging the gap between graphic design and the technical implementation of new features and functionalities. They will need to balance between the functional and aesthetic design, while ensuring the experiences are optimized for all devices.
The Front-End Developer reports to the Director of Digital Experience
Build, validate, and maintain web page templates from supplied wireframe layouts
Translate UI/UX wireframes to code
Use mobile first strategy to determine code structure and functionality
Support and implement best practices for layouts, navigation, architecture, and site speed
Partner with back-end developers, product managers and business users
Assist in user acceptance testing prior to code releases and launches
Monitor site performance to identify and fix usability issues
Stay up to date on the latest technologies supporting usability and design
Degree in computer science or related field
Salesforce Certification preferred
Familiarity with browser testing and debugging
Understanding of web development process from design to development and deployment
Ability to translate current state business into future state recommendations
Must be able to prioritize and meet deadlines
Good problem-solving skills
Excellent verbal, communication, and interpersonal skills
Ability to work well in a teamwork-oriented environment
Sample job description #3
We are looking for a self-starter that can excel in a hybrid work environment. A successful candidate will have effective communication skills, a focus on meeting client expectations and attention to detail. We are seeking an individual who has a positive attitude and who is looking to be a part of our collaborative team.
Required qualifications and skills
Experience with responsive frameworks, cross-browser and multi-platform
Familiarity of version control systems such as Git
Detail-oriented with a commitment to producing quality work
Excellent verbal and written communication
Applied understanding of web analytics
A good eye for user interface design, typography, and user experience
Experience creating HTML emails and managing campaigns
Experience with the Adobe Creative Suite, including Illustrator and Photoshop
Comfortable developing on a Macintosh platform or willingness to learn
Average salary and compensation
The average salary for a front end developer is $119,200 in the United States. Position salary will vary based on experience, education, company size, industry, and market.
Los Angeles, California
Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota
New York City, New York
Sample interview questions
In your own words, what is a front end developer?
Why do you want to work here?
Which programming languages are you familiar with?
What is your favorite programming language to work with?
How did you get into writing code?
Can you name some basic design elements?
What is load balancing?
What is a content security policy?
Can you explain to me what user-centered design is?
Can you name some fundamental principles of design?
How do you ensure that your website design or web application is accessible and user-friendly?
What are your favorite features of HTML5?
Where do you see yourself in five years?
What is your greatest strength?
What is your greatest weakness?
What do you like about being a front end developer?
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