Highly controversial because of the title, a full stack developer is an engineer who can develop and handle both client and server software. It is not just about knowing HTML and CSS, though. A full-stack developer should also know:
- How to program a browser
- How to program a server
- How to program a database
On the front end or the client end, a full-stack developer can be required to work with one of the following:
- HTML DOM
On the back end or the server-side, a full-stack developer might be required to work with:
Popular stacks that the developer would have to work with include:
As you can see, this is no small repertoire of skills to have. A full-stack developer is thus, a full package in themselves. Singlehandedly, he/she can rapidly prototype, reduce overall project costs, reduce time wasted in coordinating team communication, provide help to all team members, and switch between front and back end as per needs.
The full skill set required to become a full-stack developer is as follows:
- Front-end technology
- Backend technology (development language, database, and cache)
It’ll be an added bonus if the developer knows security, design, testing, data structures, and algorithm. Also, it is worthwhile noting that a full-stack developer doesn’t have to have mastery over every skill. They just need to know the basics in most and be the expert in others.
Apart from these technical skills, a full-stack developer also needs to have:
- Patience. A big one since full-stack projects take a long time to complete
- An analytical mind
- Attention to detail
- Creative vision
Full-stack developer salary in India
In India, the average salary of full-stack developers is INR 9.24 LPA according to Glassdoor. At the lowest of lows, this number can go down to INR 4.69 LPA and an experienced professional can earn up to INR 16.88 LPA. It’s because of the demand from the companies.
Career path for a full-stack developer
Considering the wide variety of skills that a full-stack developer possesses, they can continue refining their skills (because perfection is an unattainable skill). Or they can move to the level of project manager where they oversee other development work (since they are already knowledgeable about various aspects of it). An option to become an educator or an entrepreneur is also on the cards.
Thus, the journey of being a full-stack developer is a challenging but rewarding one as well. The creative and financial opportunities truly make this one of the best careers out there is one has the passion to pursue it. If you have the passion to create intelligent chatbots, fintech wallets, and more, check out the full-stack software development PG course from upGrad.
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