With IT being one of the biggest revenue generators in the country, millions of Indians are associated with it in some form or the other. In fact, India is a major driving force for the IT situation in the west. Thousands of engineers in the country work as third-party workforce and provide outsourced services to people in the west. Now, in the world of IT engineering, one of the most coveted positions is that of a developer. Most people feel that the role of a developer is superior to that of a tester or anyone else. While the last sentence is highly debatable, the fact remains that the role of a developer in today's society cannot be undermined.
Now, in the world of developers, there are further classifications that come into the picture. There are developers who work at the front end and others who work back end. Each has its own pros and cons and it is very difficult for us to pinpoint which is better than the other.
In such a scenario it is difficult for us to predict which form of development is a more wise option and who will end up earning more than their counterpart. However, other than the two more commonly spoken about versions, there is another development role that is gaining popularity by the minute.
This article aims to talk about the job roles of a full-stack developer and the career opportunities in the same.
• Job Description
The development of any software includes multiple levels of the same. A full-stack developer is expected to know all about them and should be able to handle all the technical aspects of front and back-end development. It is not expected that a single person will have the technical know-how of the minute details of both the ends.
However, a full-stack developer is expected to be in a position to understand both the sides and be able to join the dots so that efficient software is developed. In most companies, full-stack developers work as a part of teams that bring the final product in front of the client.
Their main role is to connect the different tiers of development and take control of the whole stack by switching between the front and the back end as and when required. The main reason why companies prefer to hire full-stack developers is because these are the people who will ultimately bring about the expansion of digital asset of the firm and get it its revenue.
• Educational Background
In order to become a full-stack developer, the basic prerequisite is a bachelor's degree in engineering. Some people even choose to go for a master's degree in this field. While candidates from any field are eligible to pursue a career here, those with a background in computer science are preferred.
It has been seen that engineers from electronics and communication engineering or electrical and electronics engineering also make very good full-stack developers. Most of the companies hiring full-stack developers do not care about the educational background of their employees (as long as they have the basic engineering degree). It is the skill set and developmental capabilities of an individual that determines how high they will rise in this career.
• Skill Set
A thorough understanding of the different programming languages is an absolute must if you want to succeed here. Other than that, good analytical skills are necessary to be able to code solutions to real-life problems. One must be able to break down a given problem into a number of small steps and then find a plausible solution to it. That will be impossible without an innate scientific temperament.
Other than that, one has to be inquisitive and ready to learn new things. This is because full-stack development is a very dynamic field and one needs to keep pace with the fast-moving structure of this world if they want to carve a name for themselves.
The salary of a developer is among the highest for any profession in the country. The salary that a developer takes home will depend on a number of factors like their experience, the organisation they are working for, etc. Start-ups generally tend to pay more than well-established organisations.
The average starting salary in this field is INR 29,000 per month. This average value is computed after taking into account both the start-ups as well as the MNCs. Many firms pay their experienced full-stack developers as much as INR 12,00,000 a year.
• Working Conditions
The working conditions of a full-stack developer depend on the organisation they are working for. Most places do not require you to work beyond the standard working hours or during the weekends. However, there are certain start-ups that might expect the same from you.
On the other hand, one major advantage of this field is the fact that most organisations allow you to work from home at least for a fraction of the month. This saves you from the hassle of the daily commute and you end up saving a considerable amount of time.
• Career Growth
By beginning your career as a full-stack developer, you are heralding the beginning of a successful career ahead. Gradually, you can grow to become a team lead, a manager, a software architect, etc. and reach higher positions.
However, the structure of growth in any IT firm (irrespective of the size of the organisation) is pyramidal in nature. Thus, you have to be better than your peers if you want to get promotions and climb up the corporate ladder.