Where a career in development can take you

If playing with code or designing something from scratch is something you do for fun, then a career in development would be perfect for you. Perhaps, while playing your favourite game, you imagine how great it would be to design them for a living. Well, you could!

Training to be a developer opens up an entire world of career opportunities and progression routes. If you have only just discovered this exciting world and are wondering whether it’s something you should invest more time in, we’ve created this quick guide just for you. It covers everything from specific specialities, expected salary and whether you should plan to work in an agency or a client-side role. 

If you have any further questions that aren’t answered here, just get in touch and we would be happy to chat. 

What jobs can you do as a developer?

We recommend learning as much as you can about dev work and then, once you have a taste for the type of work you enjoy the most, picking a speciality route. There are six main specialisations: web development, app development, back end development, front end development, software development and full-stack development. 

Web development

What does a web developer do?

Web developer and front end developer are terms that tend to be used interchangeably; however, there is a difference between the two. A web developer specialises in, you guessed it, developing websites! From what a site looks like, to where the creatives and clickable buttons sit, all of this falls to the web dev. 

How much do web devs earn?

Entry-level positions bring in a salary of £19,000-£25,000. As you progress to a mid-level or senior position your wage will increase to £25,000-£35,000 and even higher roles can see a salary of £35,000-£60,000.

App development

What does an app developer do?

An app developer will require the same type of training as a software developer, and they are involved in the creation, programming and testing of apps. This could be an app that runs on a desktop or a mobile game. 

How much do app devs earn?

For first-time roles, you should expect a salary of around £20,000. Once established, you could earn anything from £34,000-£40,000. As you move into senior positions, your wage will increase to £45,000-£70,000.

Back end development 

What does a back end developer do?

Back end developers work behind the system, on the server-side of things. Whether you are creating a website or app, you will need to implement code that the server understands. Any web page or app you currently interact with has been created with the help of a back end developer.

How much do back end devs earn?

The lower end of the pay scale for a back end developer is around £31,000. The average salary and the wage you can expect once you have gained some experience is around the £45,000 mark. Senior positions can see a salary of about £71,000.

Front end development

What does a front end developer do?

Similar to a web dev, a front end developer works on the visual aspects of a project. Unlike web devs, however, a front end developer works on websites, apps and more. 

How much do front end web devs earn?

Salaries for front end developers range from £21,000-£53,000. The average pay, and the wage you are most likely to receive once you have established yourself, is £32,000.

Software development

What does a software developer do?

Software developers are also referred to as programmers because they are responsible for designing, building and testing computer programmes. Projects can range from databases, apps or even game creation. 

How much do software devs earn?

When you first enter the market, you can expect to be earning between £20,000-£30,000. As you progress through the ranks, your wage will range between £30,000 and £40,000. For a higher-level position, your salary will increase to about £70,000.

Full-stack development

What does a full-stack developer do?

If you like the idea of both front and back end web development, then there is nothing stopping you from doing both. In fact, a full stack developer does just that. Whether a project requires a database to be built, landing pages designed or back end code to be written, a full-stack dev will have it covered.

How much do full-stack devs earn?

Entry-level candidates can expect to earn around £25,000. As you progress through the ranks, your wage would increase to approximately £35,000. When you hit the highest-level full-stack roles, your salary will increase to about £59,000. 

Think about where you might want to work

Now that you have a general idea of the different dev pathways, it’s worth considering the kind of environment you want to work in. You could join an agency where you will see a wide variety of projects and be around a lot of people that you can learn from. 

Alternatively, you may prefer to put all of your focus on one project instead of jumping from task to task. If that’s the case, a client-side position might be a better fit for you.

Where do you start?

If a career in coding has you hooked, the next step is to invest in some training. Even if you know exactly which route you want to take, we highly recommend finding a dev course that will train you in all aspects. That way, you have more control over your career. If in ten years you want to move from front end development to back end, it’s possible because you invested in holistic training.

Additionally, chances are you are going to cross paths with a dev in another field. Perhaps your projects overlap, or you need some information, it will be much easier to build relationships with these teams if you can ‘speak their language.’ 

Our course offers a holistic approach to coding. Not only that, but we will also assist you in building a portfolio that increases your chances of securing a job. We will also help you hone your CV and introduce you to any contacts we have who are recruiting.

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