How to become a Front-end developer in 2018
According to Michael Page’s India salary report 2018, front-end developers are one of the most in demand job roles in the industry. There are over 3.2 million vacancies in front-end development worldwide.
Growth in front-end development is steep, and there are plenteous opportunities, especially because companies now want their customers to have good experience while using their software, where front-end developers are required.
Who are front-end developers?
Front-end developers bring intuitive designs for these apps to life. As a front-end developer, one is responsible for development of interfaces, optimizing the appearance of interfaces across multiple devices, optimizing the loading speed of a website and more.This is important so that users can use the websites and apps smoothly.
How is the demand for Front-end developers?
Front-end is an important part of a website, a mobile application, or any other device with a viewable screen. The success of a website depends hugely on its visual appeal.
If a user can’t understand how to use a website, the whole purpose of a website is defeated. Hence, front-end developers are wanted by companies. Compared to a few years ago, front-end development has grown significantly bigger and now is a much broader area including roles such as usability researcher, UI/UX developer, and more.
What skills are required in front-end development?
In front-end development, you need to be familiar with the concept of front-end technologies.
These are the major skills (technologies) you need to know to be able to work on a front-end development.
- HTML5 — You need to know this to define and structure the content on a webpage.
- CSS3 — CSS3 is the latest CSS standard used across the web. In order to develop, responsive websites and to define the geometry of a website design, CSS is mandatory. In simple words, CSS helps you to style a website. You add colours, fonts, and more using CSS.
- Angular( or other advance framework): Currently, Angular is the most widely used front-end framework used by some of the top tech companies around the world.
Big e-commerce & streaming websites have large code databases and keeping it manually organised is a hectic process. These frameworks keep the code organised which are easy to visit and manipulate when required.
Angular 5 is the latest release of Angular. However, as of today, this hasn’t been much used in production. So if you should start with Angular 4.
Other than these technologies, it’s extremely important that a front-end developer has good logical and analytical aptitude, and good problem solving ability.
How much do front-end developers make?
The salary of front-end developer ranges between 4–20 LPA. This depends on various factors including experience, technologies and the work they have done.
Freshers can earn between 4–6 LPA. This depends on the number of technologies and the proficiency of developers in their skills. According to Michael Page’s India Salary Report 2018, this salary is projected to increase by 20–31% of average salary if one moves jobs.
With expanding scope in IoT and artificial intelligence, opportunities for front-end developers aren’t limited to web anymore. Front-end developers are also needed to develop interfaces for smart devices such as TV, watches and other.
How to approach learning front-end development?
If you’re a rookie, an undergraduate student, or a fresher out of college, you should first ensure that you know the above skills. Learning the above skills would take you anywhere between 2–3 months.