Full Stack DeveloperJob Description, Salary, Career Path, and Trends

A full stack developer position is perfect for those who love to finish projects from start to finish. Front-end and back-end developmental design skills are crucial for this job because full stack developers will be dealing with different coding platforms. They will also need skills such as graphic design, UI/UX management, and management of databases. 

Those hoping to make this a career must have a degree in computer science, web design or development, or in a related field. Full stack developers must be proficient with fundamental front-end languages such as HTML, CSS, and JavaScript and familiar with JavaScript frameworks, such as AngularJS, React, and Amber. Day to day tasks in this career include designing architecture, debugging and updating software, designing/testing efficient functionality, and creating applications. 

Sample job description

We’ve continued to be the best at providing software solutions for one simple reason – we hire the best! Right now, we’re looking for a full stack developer to join our cross-platform team to make that happen. You’ll be expected to be comfortable with both front-end and back-end languages and have an eye for visual design and functionality. This position will be handling the entire software development cycle and will produce scalable software solutions in a team environment using the Agile methodology. If you think you have what it takes, we’d love to hear from you!

Typical duties and responsibilities

  • Ideate, develop, and implement software solutions
  • Design client and server-side architecture
  • Create and maintain databases and applications
  • Create appealing front-end applications
  • Design and test effective and efficient functionality
  • Create and update technical documentation
  • Troubleshoot, debug, and update software

Education and experience

  • Degree in computer science, statistics, or another related field
  • 2+ years proven experience as a full stack developer or related role

Required skills and qualifications

  • Excellent teamwork skills
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • Master of time management and organization
  • Working knowledge of numerous languages and frameworks
  • Working knowledge of databases, web servers, and UX/UI design
  • A keen analytical mind with a creative flair

Preferred qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science or computer engineering
  • 3-5 years experience in a full stack developer position
  • Extensive experience with web application frameworks
  • High proficiency in C#, Python, TypeScript, JavaScript, HTML5, CSS3, SASS, PowerShell, and T-SQL
  • Experience working in a team environment
  • Experience with Microsoft 365 products
  • Experience with Azure cloud computing

Average salary and compensation

The average salary for a full stack developer is $100,000 per year in the United States, with a potential for annual. Salary will depend on the level of experience, education, and geographical location. 

LocationSalary LowSalary High
Phoenix, Arizona$99,450$134,550
Los Angeles, California$112,200$151,800
Denver, Colorado$93,500$126,500
Washington, DC$113,900$154,100
Miami, Florida$93,050$125,900
Orlando, Florida$85,850$116,150
Tampa, Florida$86,700$117,300
Atlanta, Georgia$90,950$123,050
Chicago, Illinois$104,550$141,450
Boston, Massachusetts$113,050$152,950
Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota$90,100$121,900
New York City, New York$119,000$161,000
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania$96,900$131,100
Dallas, Texas$94,350$127,650
Houston, Texas$93,900$127,100
Seattle, Washington$108,800$147,200
National Average$85,000$115,000

Typical work environment

A full stack developer will be working almost exclusively in an office environment. Generally, you’ll be working alone or with a team, remote or in-office with occasional travel for meetings or conferences.

Typical hours

The vast majority of full stack developers will be working a standard 40-hour week, from 9 AM to 5 PM. In some unusual scenarios, it may be possible that this position requires extra crunch time to finish a project. However, this is far from the norm, and most developers work normal hours.

Available certifications

As full stack developers work with a variety of different languages, platforms, and services, there are several certifications to keep an eye out for:

  • Udemy Full Stack Developer Certificate. This beginner-friendly course provides a step-by-step approach to developing a good foundation for current web development. Utilizing HTML5, CSS3, JQuery, Unix, NPM, REST, authentications, PassportJS, Authorization, and much more, you can dive into the world of full stack development with these instructor-led courses.
  • Coursera Web Development. Beginner-level courses specializing in web development and coding, offered by the University of Michigan. This 5-course structure will teach YouTube basic design principles and create interactive web experiences with several exercises, quizzes, and assignments. This finally culminates in the student designing their very own portfolio as their final project.
  • Udacity “Nanodegree” Certification. This certification focuses less on the development of foundational strengths and more on job-relevant specifics that industry leaders tend to look for in their candidates. With this in mind, it’s recommended that you have prior experience with object-oriented programming languages. Upon completion of this certification, you’ll demonstrate that you can design and build databases, create and deploy APIs, and handle application backend work.

Career path

The journey to becoming a full stack developer starts with a bachelor’s degree in a related field. After obtaining a computer science, computer engineering, statistics, or other related degree, one should seek to familiarize themselves with the full range of tools they’ll be expected to work with. Obtaining certification and being able to prove your competence in the position is key. Creating a portfolio of projects, either from past employment or that you’ve made yourself, will go far in showing your ability to handle full stack development.

Naturally, the next step is to continue gathering experience in the position and building your portfolio. Staying up-to-date on new technology, new language, and practices is key to staying relevant in this field.

US, Bureau of Labor Statistics’ job outlook

SOC Code: 15-1257

2020 Employment199,400
Projected Employment in 2030225,300
Projected 2020-2030 Percentage Shift 13% increase
Projected 2020-2030 Numeric Shift25,500 increase

The digital space has completely transformed the way we handle commerce and culture, and every day more and more websites, apps, programs, and widgets are released to attract users. There will be a significant need for full stack developers to make sure that these projects not only look good but work well too. Since this is the case, there’s faster than average growth for this position in the next decade, and demand is expected to grow further as we transition more into the digital space.

Sample interview questions

  • What languages are you comfortable working with?
  • What’s  your favorite language and why?
  • What would you consider to be the most important tool for a full stack developer?
  • Are you working on any projects now?
  • What’s your method of staying up to date on new tech trends?
  • Would you consider yourself an excellent communicator?
  • What language and tools would you use to create a project?
  • How did you decide what tools to work with on previous projects?
  • How would you handle inefficient coding from your teammates?
  • What was the best implementation experience you’ve had?
  • What’s CORS?
  • What’s continuous integration?
  • What is an inversion of control?
  • How would you reduce the load times of a web application?
  • How much time did it take to complete [this work sample]?
  • How would you test your code’s functionality?

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