Why are Front-End Developers so in demand? – Thoughts & Opinions

Why are Front-End Developers so in demand? – Thoughts & Opinions

 

If you’ve spent even a minute within the tech industry or engaged in a passive conversation surrounding the topic, you’re probably not within 5 steps of the term Front-End Developer coming up in natural conversation.

From job boards to industry events to recruitment agencies, Front-End Developers seem at the forefront of everyone’s minds and are increasingly being sought after as a useful and crucial addition to any tech team. But why is this? What qualities or tech stacks does a front-ender possess that makes them so crucial to an organisation’s tech success?

In this brief blog post, MRJ Recruitment will go over these questions and utilise our 50+ years combined experience within the digital space to offer some insight into what skills  organisations frequently request when asking us to fill Front-End Developer roles.

 

 

What is a Front-End Developer?

 

But, before exploring the specific tech Front-End Developers use, it makes sense to first outline in basic terms what a Front-End Developer does.

Simply put, Front-End Development is what an average person would commonly refer to as a web developer, that being a person (or increasingly teams as we’ll discuss later) who utilise coding languages to create, architect and optimise web designs and applications that a user can see and interact with when on the internet.

“Front-End Developers create everything on a website that users see, touch, click, and use” – Devskiller

Working within a wide range of settings from large companies that require front-enders to create multiple user interfaces or smaller companies that need only one developer to help create an app, there’s a ton of flexibility and varying circumstances that Front-End Developer’s play a critical role in helping deliver and manage.

Commonly operating in tandem with back-end developers that in contrast deal with the hidden parts of a website infrastructure (Databases, Server scripts, APIs etc.), together the two development arms create in totality what we formally know as…  web development.

 

What core skills are needed to work as a Front-End Developer today?

 

While it remains true that there are three core coding languages that Front-End Developers use today, that being HTML, CSS and JavaScript, as the tech industry moves further into the realm of complexity, we can begin to see other tech expectations arise. 

As the Webopedia states:

“Full-stack developers and engineers are not expected to be masters in all of these programming languages; rather, those in a full-stack development role should have a solid proficiency in one or more of these languages while also understanding how front-end and back-end technology need to integrate and work together efficiently”

Utilising our prior recruitment knowledge and awareness of tech companies ever-evolving requirements, we believe the modern Front-End developer should possess at least working knowledge in the following:

  • HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript
  • jQuery
  • AngularJS
  • Ruby/Python
  • RESTful Services and APIs
  • Experience with Testing and Debugging
  • Skills in Cross-Browser Development

 

 

So, why are Front-End Developers so in demand then?

 

As you could probably assume regarding the tech industry, tool and techniques commonly used by developers are constantly in a state of flux and quickly evolve and change as new trends and strategies are discovered and implemented.

From new technologies, libraries, languages and frameworks, as user’s expectations and desires of websites, apps and digital interfaces increase so too does the wants and needs of an organisation who need to cater to these desires quickly and efficiently… thus enter Front-End Developers!

Especially in light of recent times where the entire job sector during COVID saw an increased shift towards WFH, the need for responsive and interactive web design (that Front-End Development directly plays a hand in) will only continue to remain a priority for companies moving forward. Simplicity in the digital sector is simply a thing of the past now, with businesses need for modern tech interfaces increasingly as we move more and more towards a digitisation of our core products.

What will this digitisation look like exactly? It’s hard to accurately say, but with the Technology of Things (Tot) increasingly becoming a part of the average person’s everyday life, it may be reasonable to surmise as the unlikely developer states that:

“Front-end development will continue to be about developing user interfaces—but they won't necessarily be graphical.”

Regardless of the results though, Front-End Developers will undeniably play a vital role in any modern tech landscape and thus as a potential/continued career choice moving forwards, will remain at the forefront of any tech-driven companies priorities.

 

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