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You 'speak' a variety of different web-based programming languages (some of the most popular include PHP, HTML and CSS) and have a solid understanding of managing databases, servers, hosting, user experience and user interace (UX and UI), and sometimes even basic graphic design.
Your diverse web development skills make you incredibly in demand. In the last 5 years, the demand for full stack developers has skyrocketed as businesses seek out experts with the broad range of knowledge needed to effectively manage their web presence from end to end.
You work full-time in an office setting, though you may work from home, as your work can be done remotely. Though you work in an office, the culture and dress code may vary from laid back to professional, depending on your employer.
Like most tech jobs, full stack developer jobs pay extremely well, even at entry-level. As a full stack developer, you will comfortably make a starting salary of $65,000 or more. As this field is still fairly new and emerging, even a handful of years can greatly increase your earning potential. With 5+ years of full stack experience under your belt, your salary can climb into the 6 figure range.
Full stack developers are in demand across Canada, particularly in major cities such as Toronto, Vancouver, and Calgary. Even Montreal has a relatively high demand for full stack developers, given that the tech job market tends to be softer in Quebec than the rest of the country.
As a full stack developer, no two work days look the same. You're expected to have a broad range of web development skills. You put your vast knowledge to use each day, completing tasks such as:
Full stack developer jobs are found in many different verticals, including information technology, banking and finance, manufacturing, government, healthcare and business, among others. Any company or organization that actively maintains a website (so almost all of them!) can use the skills of a full stack developer. You may also choose to freelance, or work for a web development agency.
Due to your broad skill set, you'll have no shortage of work opporutnities to choose from. Besides full stack developer jobs, you can also choose to specialize in front or back end development. The fierce competition to secure talented full stack developers has led to highly competitive salaries, particularly in major cities like Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary.
The more experience you have with both front end and back end technologies, the more in-demand you’ll be. Some of the many skills you may be expected to have as a full stack developer include:
Most full stack developer jobs require a Bachelor’s degree in computer science, IT or a related field. Though most full stack developer jobs will require a formal degree, coding experience may suffice in some cases. The vast majority of full stack developer jobs will require you to pass a test to verify your knowledge of key programs and languages.
You can also obtain numerous certifications that will set your application apart when applying for full stack developer jobs. Certifications that demonstrate your expertise in front-end coding languages or database management are worth considering as they may bump up your earning potential.
As a full stack developer, your career trajectory largely depends on your career goals. Staying up-to-date with web development trends will ensure you stay busy and enjoy consistent pay raises. There is also opportunity for you to move into more managerial roles in your company's IT department, such as IT project manager or IT director.
You can also opt to build a career through freelance and contract work. Since your profession is in such high demand, there are plenty of opportunities that allow you to carve out a flourishing career as your own boss!