Back End Web Developer

Career Path Back End Web Developer

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What is a Back End Web Developer?
A back-end developer builds and maintains the technology that enables the user-facing side (front end) of the website to exist. In other words, back-end web developers are responsible for the server side of an application and everything that communicates between the database and the browser.

What skills do back end web developers need?
  • At least one Back-End Programming Language: Node.js/Ruby/Python/Java/PHP
  • Databases & Web Storage
  • Web Application Architecture
  • Git
  • Algorithms & Data Structures

What qualifications do you need to become a back end web developer?
There are no formal or specific qualifications required to become a back-end web developer, although a degree in a subject such as mathematics or computer science won't hurt. You should also ideally have an understanding of front-end programming languages, HTML and CSS.

How much can a back end web developer earn?
According to Indeed, the #1 job site, the average salary for a Back End Developer in 2018 is £45,479 per year in the United Kingdom and $118,197 per year in the United States.

How do I gain the skills to become a Back End Web Developer?
The following list of courses provides you with a step-by-step path to help you gain the necessary skills to land a job as a Back End Web Developer. The open online courses are open to anyone and are delivered by top universities and organisations. Little to no previous experience is required - you can follow the step-by-step path or select the courses that are most relevant to your needs.

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