When you look at the designs of your favorite websites, you might not realize all of the hard work that went into developing a site that grabs your attention and runs smoothly. Aside from the compelling content and functionality, an effective layout and interface is crucial to the site’s usability, which also contributes to viewers’ duration on the site. That’s where front end developer jobs come in. These professionals work with web strategists, project managers, graphic designers, and back end developers to create a highly functioning, aesthetically pleasing website for users and clients.
“Front-end developers are the ones that turn the design mock up into a reality.”
Depending on the site, front-end developers should consider a few different factors. For example, an eCommerce site needs to have the ability to process payments. While the back end developers work on the coding to achieve the technical aspects of the payment process, front end developers are the ones that turn the design mock up into a reality and work with internal teams to develop a “live” design. When working for an agency, the team must take into account all of the information that the client needs to gather from a customer, as well as the simple, concise steps that are needed by customers. This requires front-end developers to have a grasp on HTML and UX best practices that will help them create a compelling, usable “front end” that can then be passed onto the back end team for functionality.
Once a project is nearing completion, they may also be assigned the task of testing. Often, this duty is assigned to a Quality Assurance professional, but smaller companies and those that don’t specialize in web design may rely on the front-end developer for this part of the project. To be a well-versed, highly marketable front-end developer, it’s valuable to know how each of these pieces fit in with your responsibilities. After all, the best professionals are the ones who are able to see the big picture in addition to mastering their own skills.
Having skills across all of these focuses increases your chance of becoming part of a highly expanding industry. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projected that job outlook is extremely optimistic for web developers, thanks to the growing market of mobile applications and web services. Job growth in this field is expected to grow 20 percent through 2022, which is faster than the average growth across other careers. This is encouraging news for those interested in pursuing a career in web development.
To get started in this industry, Torpedo, a B2B marketing agency, advised learning the basics, like HTML, CSS, and brushing up on the terminology you’re bound to hear in the workforce. It’s also important for front-end developers to constantly stay up to date on all of the advancements in their field. It’s the age of the Internet, and as a result, web development is a field that’s constantly changing. Spend some time and money on staying educated, and it will be a rewarding investment.
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