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Web Developer, is it worth it to become one?

In this blog, we're talking about web developers, what web developers do, some of the advantages of becoming a developer, how much they earn, what they study, where to find web developers and some points of view about whether it is worth it to become a developer or not.


If you are thinking of becoming a developer or you feel you need one of them for your enterprise, keep reading.


What is a web developer?


What does it mean to be a web developer? Is it the profession of the future or the present?

These are questions that many may ask themselves, exceptionally talented young people looking for a career.

In this blog, we will answer questions that may have crossed your mind:


  • Are web developers software engineers?

  • How much do web developers make?

  • Will web developers become obsolete?

  • Where to hire web developers?

  • Is being a web developer worth it?

  • What should I study to become a web developer?


There are many technical questions to answer, but first, I want to tell you that web development encompasses particularities that we all look for when we are looking for a job; among them are:


You can work remotely

Either from your bed on a cold day or a hotel on a Caribbean beach. Nowadays, nobody wants a job that locks them in a cold office six days a week.


We know we can do our work from anywhere with a good computer and internet access.


That is one of the benefits of working as a web developer.


You can work from your country for companies anywhere in the world:

This is a considerable advantage compared to other jobs; you can live in a country where the cost of living is low, like in Latin America or Asia, and work for European or North American companies and earn your salary in euros or dollars.


This will give you a much better quality of life, and the money will be enough for more.


Earn a lot of money

According to Indeed.com, a full-stack developer can earn more than 100.000 dollars a year. This is a widespread salary for senior developers.


It would help if you kept in mind that to reach this salary, you have to study a lot and work your way up to become a senior developer with a lot of experience and expertise.


Are web developers software engineers?

This is a persistent question among people.


A software engineer and a web developer are often confused since both work in development; the difference is in what areas of development they work in and what studies they have done.


A software engineer usually has a bachelor's degree in computer science, while a web developer often has studied courses on the internet or has learned on his own.


Software engineering is a branch of computer science that includes developing and building computer systems software and applications software.


Computer systems software comprises programs that include computing utilities and operations systems. Applications software consists of user-focused programs, including web browsers, database programs, etc.


Web developers create and maintain websites. They are also responsible for the site’s technical aspects, such as its performance and capacity, which are measures of a website’s speed and how much traffic the site can handle. In addition, web developers may create content for the site.


How much do web developers make?

As explained above, a web developer has an extensive range of salaries; this will depend on how much experience the developer has, if junior or senior, and how many years and what kind of experience they have.


Also, the salary will depend on their knowledge and whether they are back-end, front-end, or full-stack developers.


Front End developer:

Front-end development is programming that focuses on the visual elements of a website or app that a user will interact with (the client side). . according to Glassdoor can earn an average of 85.000 us


Back-End developer:

Back-end development focuses on the side of a website users can’t see (the server side) 95000 us.


Full Stack developer:

A full-stack developer works with a web application's front and back end. The front end is responsible for the visual look and feel of the website, while the back-end is responsible for the behind-the-scenes logic and infrastructure of the site.

101.000; however, for a developer with 3 to 5 years of experience, the salary can go up to an average of 122.0000


Will web developers become obsolete?


To answer this question, we bring you two testimonials; both are answers from Quora.


We loved this answer from a user named Amro Xpike, an engineer and master in telecommunications, AI, and robotics YouTuber.


“Personally, I believe that it will change the way of programming: instead of making programs as in the past, what will be done is to program microservices as black boxes that perform certain operations in response to certain types of inputs and generate specific outputs.


Subsequently, by using an AI and expressing the program's functionalities in natural language, the AI will combine these microservices to obtain a functional program that meets the specified requirements as far as possible. Therefore, programmers will focus on programming microservices that are 100% tested, error-free, cross-platform, and more or less complex, and the AI will be in charge of doing the most repetitive tasks.”


The following answer we want to share from Quora with you is the one of Roberto Torres, a .Net developer, that says:


“No, it is totally the opposite; it will be the last profession that exists.


Since when we reach the Singularity, it will be the last stage of the automation of work; when the previous neural network of data that matches the singularity is executed, everything is finished, and doctors, psychologists, lawyers, teachers, police officers, all professions are automated and obsolete.


That "enter" that the programmer executes will be the last work function performed by the human race.



Many professions will become obsolete, some of them sooner than others. Still, especially when we talk about information technology, a relatively new career, we think it is just the beginning of great professions and achievements. We are building the present and future more in the virtual than in the physical world. We need people with great ideas and values to make this crazy virtual world a warm one.”



Where to hire web developers?

Like all jobs, there are many ways to find a web developer:


1. Ask friends and family for recommendations: apply if you need a freelance developer for a small project or want to add someone to your company's development team.


2. Through social networking platforms such as LinkedIn, social networks are an excellent search tool as some are designed to highlight the candidate's resume, experience, and social connections.


3. You can hire a software development company: there are several types of software development companies, some large and some smaller, called boutiques; depending on your needs and the kind of attention you are looking for, you can choose between one or another.


Code branch is an example of a software development boutique; in this company, you can find two services that can help you if you are looking for web developers.


Code branch provides a service called Dedicated Teams On Demand; in this service, we create dedicated teams of developers to accomplish our partners' goals based on their specific requirements.


It is effortless, the client or partner explains their needs, and we find them the talents to meet their specific demand. In addition to creating the group of developers, we do the technical and administrative management of the team.


The second service we provide is Recruitment; this is a service you use if you already have a development team and need to increase it. You tell us your needs, and we find the better fit for your requirements among the Colombian developers.



Is being a web developer worth it?

Is being a developer worth it? To answer this question, we interviewed Alejandro Cano, one of our senior full-stack developers.


I: How long have you been working as a developer?


A: I have been working as a developer for six years.


I: Is being a web developer worth it?


A: Being a web developer Is worth it; you create, imagine, and program all that comes to your mind, and the limit is endless.


I: Have you been able to develop your hobbies and interests?


A: Sure! I have been able to efficiently share my time between my work and hobbies.


I: What has allowed you to be or to do work as a developer?


A: I’ve increased my ability to analyze, think, execute and solve different problems in my daily life more efficiently.


I: What do you not enjoy so far about being a developer?


A: Sometimes, it is a hard job; you must canalize much of your time to analyze before executing. It is also necessary to say that the worst fear of the developers is monotony, so you have to isolate yourself from your job to make active pauses every day.


There you have an objective point of view of a full stack senior developer; like every job, being a web developer has its pros and cons, and asking professionals their experience and thoughts is a good practice.


Conclusion

In a web development job, you can work remotely in a first-world company in a low-cost country and earn a lot of money.


To be a web developer, you don't need to be a software engineer; many developers are self-taught.


A senior web developer can earn from 80.000$ to more than 122.000$ depending on the experience and experts; if you become a full stack developer, you will be better paid than a front-end or back-end developer.


We don’t think web development will become obsolete; on the contrary, this world needs many of them in the short and mid-term.


If you need to hire a web developer, you can use several ways; one of them is Code Branch. We can help you create dedicated teams on demand and also have a recruitment service.

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