*Infographic Disclaimer: You do not need all of these skills to be a Full Stack Developer. These are just common skills that Full Stack Developers have on their resumes.*
A full stack developer role is one of the most sought-after positions at companies that make software applications. You see it on top of every best jobs of 2019 list published by recruiters and news organizations, and it consistently ranks near the top in the salary guide for tech professionals who are early in their careers.
Full-stack developers are in demand because they are useful. They have a breadth of knowledge and experience and know how to put it to work. Here is what you should understand about hiring them.
Usually a programmer will have one or two languages and frameworks where they are quite strong and become exposed to adjacent technology in the specialized work they are doing. A normal developmental route for software engineers is to learn the entire stack of technology for the product that they are working on developing.
Software engineers have a useful understanding of topics adjacent to their programming expertise, although they are not necessarily experts themselves in those areas. In the context of cyber security and QA, there are full-stack engineers that specialize in those realms.
For example, if you’re a full stack QA engineer, you have experience working on different methods of testing applications, and comfortable working across all of the layers of the application, from UI to the database. You may have experience automating the QA process. A full stack cyber security engineer is able to apply expertise in penetration testing and encryption across all phases of development as he or she has a working understanding of the front-end and backend technology.
A great way to learn the relationship between all these pieces of computer science is working on a development team at a start-up company. Early-stage development on a small team provides a wealth of experience for developers early on in their career.
Another hallmark of a qualified full stack tech professional is that their curiosity and drive to constantly be learning. Nearly every resume should have a laundry list of languages and frameworks that a candidate has touched, and experience with multiple project management workflows.