growing wave of Layoffs It may be sweeping Silicon Valley, but the most important job in the market right now is technology: an integrated developer.
Full stack developers took first place on Indeed Annual ranking of the “Best Jobs” in the United States, thanks to a strong 10-year outlook and increased demand for these skilled professionals across many industries. It also actually evaluated salary and percentage of remote/hybrid job openings, among other criteria.
Not only does this job pay well — the median average salary for full-fledged software developers is $129,637, according to Indeed research — but it also offers a great deal of flexibility in the workplace. At least 50% of the developer listings stacked in Indeed’s database contain remote or hybrid options.
The demand for full-fledged software developers, whose main responsibilities include building the front-end and back-end of a website or application, writing code and maintaining the software, has overtaken the technology sector in recent months.
“We’re seeing the highest job availability and opportunity for full stack developers, almost double any other jobs on this list,” says Christine Shah, Indeed career expert. “When it comes down to it, every company today is a technology company — and integrated software developers have a unique skill set that can benefit companies outside of technology.”
Health care, education, finance, e-commerce, and government, all of which need full-fledged developers to build an online presence for their businesses, are just some of the industries hiring for these jobs “like crazy,” according to Megan Slabinski, a Seattle-based tech jobs expert with Robert Half.
What sets integrated developers apart from other tech talent, Slapinski explains, is that the job title has become a “catchphrase” that companies use when combining multiple roles, such as front-end developer, back-end developer, and application support specialist into one.
“More and more companies are hiring full-stack developers to reduce headcount on their applications, development, or general web teams,” she adds. “They have a deep understanding of web applications – they can be versatile and work on a wide variety of projects, and they can often find creative solutions to technical problems.”
While the pace and reach of digital transformation has been steadily increasing over the past decade, the Covid-19 pandemic “poured gasoline on the organization’s traditional business models and accelerated this trend — as well as the need for technologists, such as integrated developers — to keep pace with this transformation,” Slapinski says.
You can become a stack developer without an associate degree.
If you’re interested in gaining some basic technical skills, you can build your expertise through online courses, freshman bootcamps, or certificate programs.
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