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101 What Is a Fullstack Developer?

Full Stack Web Developers build applications for both the visible front end that users interact with and the back end that powers the application using a server and database. The average salary of a web developer is $75,057.

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The Full Stack Developer

A Full Stack Developer has knowledge of both front end and back end technologies. The front end is the visible part of the application that users interact with. The back end includes the server, database, and applications that power the front end. You may think of a ‘stack,’ in the term full stack, as the layers of technology used to create a complete application. 

How to Become a Full Stack Developer

The three most popular ways of becoming a Full Stack Developer are attending a coding bootcamp, self-study, and earning a computer science degree

Coding Bootcamp

Coding Bootcamp is the fastest, most streamlined way to become a Full Stack Web Developer. Coding bootcamps typically teach both technical skills and career success skills which help more than 80% of graduates secure jobs after bootcamp. Before attending coding bootcamp, you’ll want to prepare for their admissions process by taking a prep course, self studying beforehand, and considering interview questions. Bootcamps run anywhere from 8-16 weeks and on average cost $14,780 USD. Many bootcamps now offer deferred tuition, Income Share Agreements, and financing options. 

Coding Bootcamp vs Self Study 

Some self-taught programmers have founded insanely successful startups, including Instagram and Tumblr! Learning to code on your own using online resources, books, and free or paid for resources can take anywhere from 8 weeks if you have experience or multiple years if you don’t. Self study requires discipline, putting together a curriculum for yourself, and you’ll need to weather the job search on your own. 

CS Degree vs Coding Bootcamp

Earning a Computer Science (CS) degree might be the longest route to Full Stack Developer and the most expensive. This route will provide you with theoretical knowledge, mathematics, and exposure to more low level programming than a coding bootcamp. Critics say a computer science degree will not provide as much practical experience or tailored career counseling as bootcamp. If cost is a factor, then bootcamps certainly win. While coding bootcamps cost an average of $13,584, the tuition at top CS programs can be triple or quadruple that in just one academic year. Carnegie Mellon undergraduate tuition and tuition at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is about $60,000-70,000 per year. In the past, most jobs required a CS degree. Now that they do not, the return on investment of a degree is not as high as a bootcamp.

How to Choose a Coding Bootcamp

The best coding bootcamp for you depends on your own learning style, career goals, availability, etc. Here's our advice for choosing the best web  developer bootcamp:

  1. Narrow down your options – you can rule out some bootcamps based on location, cost, and time commitment.
  2. Examine the curriculum – the exact programming language you learn at a bootcamp isn't as important as you might think. Most bootcamps teach full stack JavaScript, Ruby on Rails, Java, Python, or C#/.NET. If the particular language is a deal-breaker for you, be sure the bootcamp includes it in their curriculum.
  3. Ask About Projects – at a quality full stack developer bootcamp, you'll build at least 2-3 projects to add to your portfolio. These should include front-end and back-end technologies to show that you can handle programming across the full stack.
  4. Meet the Instructors – do the bootcamp instructors have real-world coding experience? Did they work for reputable companies before teaching? Pro-Tip: Take an intro course or free workshop hosted by the bootcamp to really understand the teaching style.
  5. Ask About Outcomes – do past bootcamp graduates get jobs in web development? Ask the school directly for their CIRR report or job outcomes report, read bootcamp reviews, and even reach out to alumni on LinkedIn to ask questions.

Red Flags – instructors don't have real-world developer experience, the school can't tell you about past student career success, the school doesn't have dedicated career services, or the full-stack curriculum focuses too heavily on front-end languages.

Full Stack Developer Salary

Sales Job Average Salary
Coding Bootcamp Graduate $66,964
Full Stack Developer $75,057
Software Engineer $97,950

 

Full Stack Developer Jobs

From big tech companies to small startups, Full Stack Developer jobs are abundant and demand is growing. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for software developers is expected to grow by 17%, “much faster than average” by 2024, which is about 200,000 more roles. The possibility to work in an office, work remotely, or freelance as a Full Stack Developer provides some of the most flexible and plentiful opportunities globally. But with so many different coding languages out there, it makes sense that each job description and job title is going to be unique. Common job responsibilities of Full Stack Developers include back end development, data engineering, mobile development, machine learning engineering, and/or front end web development. 

Here is a list of the most frequent full stack development job titles for bootcampers: 

  • Full Stack Engineer
  • Full Stack Web Developer
  • Full Stack Software Engineer
  • Full Stack Architect
  • Front End Developer
  • Back End Developer
  • Mobile Developer
  • Machine Learning Engineer
  • Junior Developer
  • Associate Developer
  • Senior Developer
  • Web Development Apprentice
  • Web Development Instructor
  • Teacher Assistant

Full Stack Developer vs Software Engineer

Depending on the employer, Software Engineer and Full Stack Developer could mean exactly the same thing or two entirely different things. Some believe that Software Engineers are more concerned with back end development while Full Stack Developers work with every layer of a program. Others believe that Software Engineers work with computer programs that are not web applications or websites. Still, others believe that Software Engineers only do coding while Full Stack Developers are expected to do user experience research, front end design, and deployment in addition to writing code. 

Full Stack Developer Resume

The Full Stack Developer is a generalist. A Full Stack Developer’s resume should show knowledge of both front end and back end technologies as well as an understanding of the user experience and user interface design process. Developers should also demonstrate transferable skills from their experiences before bootcamp. Full Stack Developers will need to learn multiple languages to be successful. 

Here are some of the skills and technologies often taught in combination at Full Stack Web Development bootcamps: 

  • HTML - HTML stands for Hypertext Markup Language. It is a standardized markup language used for creating a webpage. These pages can include writing, links, pictures, sound, and video. HTML is used to denote these elements so that the web browser can display them correctly. 
  • CSS - CSS stands for Cascading Style Sheets. CSS is used alongside HTML and JavaScript to control the layout and presentation of a website.
  • JavaScript - JavaScript is the most popular language on the web. It is a scripting language used to enhance and manipulate web pages by adding interactivity.
  • NodeJS - Node was created to run JavaScript outside of the browser. This framework creates a bridge between the front end and the back end and the knowledge needed to execute code on a computer. 
  • Ruby on Rails - Ruby is a programming language. Rails is an open source web app framework written in Ruby. Ruby on Rails (RoR) is built for speed and adaptation.
  • Python - Python is a programming language with a cleaner syntax that is built with data manipulation, analytics, system administration, and scientific programming in mind. 
  • Django - Django is an open-source web app framework written in Python. It is a highly customizable option.
  • Java - Java is a general-purpose programming language and platform used for web development, Android development, and enterprise apps.
  • C# - C# is a general-purpose, multi-paradigm programming language developed by Microsoft that is used for developing desktop applications. 
  • .Net - .Net is a back end language.
  • Git - Git is a version control system that keeps track of changes made to projects over time.   
  • Object-Oriented Programming - Object orientation is a way to organize and structure code. Ruby on Rails, JavaScript, Java, and C# are all object-oriented languages.
  • HTTP - HTTP is the protocol that allows servers to communicate with the front end. 
  • REST API - REST is the interface that allows the back end to understand the front end.
  • Soft Skills - Recruiters are looking for good communicators, team players, and critical thinkers. Most recruiters agree technical skills can be taught but soft skills cannot. 

A Full Stack Developer’s resume is not the only thing you’ll need to get a job. Fullstack Academy’s former Head of Career Success Ceren Depree says, “Anyone can build their own LinkedIn, resume, and Github.” Those three profiles are the most important things when it comes to the job hunt! For your LinkedIn profile, you’ll want to write a clear personal summary, feature any projects you’ve done at bootcamp, and dial in keywords to sprinkle throughout your profile. Your Github should feature all of your projects and you should follow any repositories you’re interested in.

Full Stack Developer Portfolio

Full Stack Developers must build and maintain an online portfolio. Showcase the projects you’ve built during bootcamp in your portfolio as well as on your resume. Here are some projects Developers built during bootcamp and added to their portfolios:

FEATURED SCHOOLS

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    Manzoor the Trainer is an intensive full-time, 9-week full stack web developer coding bootcamp offered both online and in Hyderabad, India. The bootcamp has ... Learn more about Manzoor The Trainer (MTT).

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    5Graduate - Course: Full Stack ASP.Net Core With Angular Web Developer Coding Bootcamp - Hyderabad

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    UT Austin Boot Camps offer 12-week, full-time and 24-week, part-time web development courses, 24-week, part-time data analytics, UX/UI, and cybersecurity cou... Learn more about UT Austin Boot Camps.

    Ana Lucia Garcia

    5Student - Course: UX/UI Boot Camp - Part-Time - Austin

    Verified Via LinkedIn

    Says: My learning and growth experience in The UX/UI Boot Camp at UT Austin

    After moving to the US and experienced a major life change, I was feeling stuck coming from a Psychology background and having to start again from scratch a new
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    Le Reacteur is a full stack JavaScript web and mobile development bootcamp offering 10-week full-time and 25-week part-time courses online or at its campus i... Learn more about Le Reacteur.

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    5Student - Course: Web and Mobile Development Bootcamp - Paris

    Verified Via LinkedIn

    Says: Une expérience enrichissante à l'école Le Réacteur !

    Je suis actuellement étudiant à l'école Le Réacteur et je ne peux qu'exprimer ma satisfaction à travers cette évaluation. Mon parcours dans cette école a été e
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    Plataforma 5 is a training bootcamp that offers a 29-week, online full-stack web development bootcamp. The first three modules of the bootcamp are completed ... Learn more about Plataforma 5.

    Victoria Ileana Rodriguez Mora

    5Student - Course: Intro to Programming - Online

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    Says: Curso Introductorio de Programacion

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    Rithm School offers a full-stack web development course that is full-time, remote and lasts 4 months. While Rithm School is based in San Francisco, our class... Learn more about Rithm School.

    Joel Christopher Pio Alcaraz

    5Graduate - Course: Full-Stack Web Development - San Francisco

    Verified Via LinkedIn

    Says: Newbie to Job-Ready

    Being a fresh university graduate with a degree in psychology and basic programming skills, I was curious how much I would grow in Rithm's full-stack web develo
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    Microverse offers an online, full-time, 40-week full stack software development course with no upfront costs. Microverse believes that learning should be acc... Learn more about Microverse.

    Angom

    5Student - Course: Software Development Program - Online

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    Says: Microverse, The best place to learn

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    Astoria Lab Bootcamp is a tech training provider offering live online, part-time, 15-week bootcamps in QA Software Engineering. Astoria Lab Bootcamp’s curric... Learn more about Astoria Lab Bootcamp.

    Igor VavilovIgor Vavilov

    5Graduate - Course: QA Software Engineering - Online

    Verified Via GitHub

    Says: Great bootcamp

    I really enjoyed the training. I'm very interested in the tech industry and I'm very happy that I was able to change my career path. I learned a lot and the ins
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    Northwestern Boot Camps offer 12-week, full-time, or 24-week, part-time web development courses, and 24-week, part-time data science, cybersecurity, UX/UI, a... Learn more about Northwestern Boot Camps.

    Asia KousarAsia Kousar

    5Student - Chicago

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    Says: Fintech Bootcamp

    To resume my career after a career break in the financial industry, I wanted to have some value in addition to my skills when I came across Northwestern’s Finte
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    Zip Code Wilmington offers two full-time, 12-week bootcamp programs focused on Java and Data Engineering and Analytics in Wilmington, Delaware. Founded in 20... Learn more about Zip Code Wilmington.

    Dan Casey

    5Graduate - Course: Java - Wilmington

    Verified Via LinkedIn

    Says: Teaching you to teach yourself

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    Bedu/Tech offers part-time, full stack web development courses in Mexico City, Guadalajara, and online. The curriculum covers the MEAN stack (Mongo, Express,... Learn more about Bedu/Tech.

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    5Student

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    Says: Fullstack Javascript

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    Techmongers offers a 10-week full-time web development and 12- week part-time Cybersecurity academy in Amsterdam and online. Their program prepares students ... Learn more about Techmongers.

    Evangelia Alamani

    5Graduate - Course: Codaisseur Online Academy - No Cure No Pay Model - Amsterdam

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    Says: An intense and amazing experience

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    We Can Code IT (WCCI) is a tech training provider that offers a full stack software development bootcamp (22 weeks), a data analytics bootcamp (14 weeks), an... Learn more about We Can Code IT.

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    5Student - Course: Part-time Java Remote Coding Bootcamp - Cleveland

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    Says: Very immersive and dedicated curriculum teaching the basics right off the bat, all the way to advanced in 6 months!

    This bootcamp taught me everything I needed to know on how to set up a development environment and workspace on almost any machine in the first few weeks of cla
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    Bottega offers part-time and full-time tech bootcamps in front end development, Python programming, and Ruby Programming in Lehi, UT, and online. The front e... Learn more about Bottega.

    Patrick Neary

    5Graduate - Course: Full Stack Web Developer - Online

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    I researched several boot camps before choosing Bottega and I'm glad I did. The instructor was with us every day with the goal of making sure we understood the
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    Holberton School is a two-year software engineering school with campuses in San Juan, Bogotá, Medellin, Cali, Barranquilla, Montevideo, Lima, Quito, Beirut, ... Learn more about Holberton School.

    Pilar PintoPilar Pinto

    5Student - Course: Full-Stack | Project-based curriculum - Bogotá

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    Says: The best school of software

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    University of Richmond Boot Camps offer 24-week, part-time web development, data analytics, and cybersecurity courses. The full stack curriculum includes HTM... Learn more about University of Richmond Boot Camps.

    George Kasper

    5Student - Course: Cybersecurity - Part-Time - Richmond

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    Developers.Institute is a full stack coding bootcamp offering full-time and part-time courses in Python and JavaScript both online and in-person at campuses ... Learn more about Developers.Institute.

    Anaïs Herbillon

    5Graduate - Course: The Data Analyst Bootcamp - Tel Aviv

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    Says: Amazing school and bootcamp

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    JUMP by Cognixia offers 6–10 week technical training bootcamp with campuses in New Jersey, Texas, North Carolina, Colorado, Arizona, and Online. The JUMP cur... Learn more about JUMP by Cognixia.

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    Says: Best coding bootcamp ever!

    As I approach my last week in this comprehensive coding bootcamp, I am proud to say that Jump by Cognixia has equipped me with a robust foundation in Java progr
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    Berkeley Boot Camps offer 12-week, full-time and 24-week, part-time courses in web development; 24-week, part-time courses in data analytics, UX/UI, cybersec... Learn more about Berkeley Boot Camps.

    Nataliia Shevchenko

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    Comprehensive curriculum is suitable even for those who have already embarked on a successful career path. Special thanks to Kevin Lee, instructor, for his prof
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    Barcelona Code School is a code school offering immersive training in full stack web and mobile development, UX/UI design, and machine learning and AI develo... Learn more about Barcelona Code School.

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    5Student - Course: JavaScript Full-Stack Online Bootcamp - Online

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    Says: JavaScript Full-Stack Online

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    Byte Academy is an industry-focused coding school with remote and onsite courses in New York City and Bangalore, India. Its offerings include Full Stack Pyth... Learn more about Byte Academy.

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    5Student - Online

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    Says: Intro to Python

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    _nology is a global tech training and talent provider offering a 12-week, full-time, online Cloud Engineer. The course covers HTML, CSS, JavaScript, TDD, Goo... Learn more about Nology.

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    5Student - Course: ENTRY-LEVEL CLOUD ENGINEER - Online

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    Columbia Engineering Boot Camps offer 12-week, full-time and 24-week, part-time courses in web development, and 24-week, part-time data analytics, cybersecur... Learn more about Columbia Engineering Boot Camps.

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    5Graduate - Course: UX/UI Boot Camp - Part-Time - New York City

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    University of Denver Boot Camps are 12-week, full-time, or 24-week, part-time web development, UX/UI, data analytics, financial technology, and cybersecurity... Learn more about University of Denver Boot Camps.

    Zachary ElliottZachary Elliott

    5Graduate

    Verified Via GitHub

    Says: Coding Bootcamp

    I finished the coding boot camp in February of 2022. Overall, I had a good experience. There were about 30 people in a class and 1 instructor and 2 TAs. The cou
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    UCF Boot Camps offer part-time and full-time web development courses, and part-time data analytics, digital marketing, and UX/UI courses. The full stack curr... Learn more about UCF Boot Camps.

    Peter SmithPeter Smith

    5Student - Course: Full Stack Web Development - Part-Time - Orlando

    Verified Via GitHub

    Says: Inspiring, Comprehensive and Immersive

    My experience with UCF Boot Camps - Full Stack Web Development has been nothing short of fantastic! This course built on my fundamental understandings and suppl
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    Epicode is an online digital skills training academy that offers full-time and part-time bootcamps in web development and data analysis. Students choose whic... Learn more about Epicode.

    Ioannis Psychias

    5Graduate - Online

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    Says: Potentially life changing

    Before joining Epicode, I found myself at a crossroads, contemplating a career change from customer service to coding. Despite my inherent pessimism, I recogniz

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