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Types of Software Developers

March 1st, 2017

A computer science degree can land you a job in various positions in the technology industry. One of the most popular positions is a software developer: a person concerned with facets of the software development process, including the research, design, programming, and testing of computer software. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the job outlook from 2014 to 24 is 17% which is much faster than average.

Frontend Developers

Frontend software developers are people that specialize in the code that runs in your computer/mobile’s browser. Frontend developers are familiar with the latest and greatest javascript frameworks and they write the code that powers your favorite websites. They’re most commonly concerned with the look, design, and feel of software. Over the years, frontend developers have consumed the role of designers. In their work, frontend developers strive to make websites and programs visually appealing, consistent with modern design trends, and responsive.

Backend Developers

Back-End developers are also known as system developers. These people do the behind the scenes type of work in games, apps, websites, etc. Backend developers typically write the code that handles personal data your most favorite applications. Backend developers are often focused on writing code in connection with APIs, SDKs, and databases.

Fullstack Developers

Full Stack Developers are people that are familiar with each layer of software technology. In other words they are able to write both frontend and backend code. Fullstack developers have the technical ability to build an application from start to finish; understanding aspects of frontend and backend development.

Mobile Developers

Mobile software developers specifically program apps on your tablet, phone, or any other mobile device. Many of the most widely used apps known to man (like Snapchat, Facebook, or YouTube) are mobile apps created by these developers. Mobile developers write apps in languages tailored to mobile operating systems (such as Swift for Apple’s iOS). Mobile developers also work closely with designers and care very much about every single little pixel on the app due to limited real estate. These designers usually work on different platforms and mobile operating systems such as iOS and Android.

Game Developers

Game developers are responsible for programming some of the most popular apps across many demographics– games. Most game developers specialize in a specific gaming framework. There are different frameworks for almost every gaming platform. For example, if you want to create games for desktop computers, it will be much different than the framework for creating games for mobile devices. This general idea is true for developing console games too– as Playstation/Xbox/Wii/etc may require different game engine or frameworks than PC/mobile games.