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What is a Front-end Developer?

Front-end Developers are highly skilled developers that create the client-side (or the “front-end”) of websites. They are responsible for the way the end-user interacts with a website, app, or the elements within. They are both designers and coders.

What should be included in a Front-end Developer job description?

Front-end Developers are responsible for the design and build of a website, as well as the ongoing maintenance and upgrade of existing sites.

It is also their job to:

  • Work with clients to design and build a website from scratch
  • Optimise the website for the user experience (UX) and SEO
  • Debug and test for usability
  • Manage software workflow and deliver projects to deadline
  • Design solutions to improve site interaction and functionality

What skills and qualifications should a Front-end Developer have?

Because Front-end Developers straddle the line between designer and coder. As such, they need to have a good understanding of both web development and design practices.

While a tertiary education in computer science or software development is recommended, it is not necessary. Instead, Front-end Developers should be able to demonstrate:

  • A strong understanding of HTML5 and CSS3, and any CSS frameworks, e.g. Bootstrap
  • Javascript and jQuery, and any relevant frameworks, e.g. Angular or Node.js
  • Familiarity with WC3 standards
  • Experience building responsible and mobile websites
  • Familiarity with content management systems (CMS) and e-commerce platforms

Soft skills should include:

  • Customer service
  • Problem solving
  • Critical thinking
  • Creativity
  • Communication
  • Time management
  • The ability to translate complex ideas for non-tech staff/customers

How much does a Front-end Developer earn?

$55,000 - $160,000

A Front-end Developer salary is determined typically by the number of years of experience, soft and technical skills, and the scale of responsibilities in the organisation. To find out what a Front-end Developer is earning this year, download our complimentary Robert Half Salary Guide.

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