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Front-End Developer

By Mike Baumgarten

Last updated: Apr 28, 2023

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Discover the role of front-end developers and learn what their daily tasks look like, what the job requirements typically are, and how to hire the best in the field.

Front-end developers are essential to creating a successful web presence and delivering a top-notch user experience. However, recruiting the right front-end developer can be a daunting task. And with the demand for talented developers on the rise and competition between companies fierce, recruiters must be strategic in their approach. In this blog, we’ll offer tips and insights for recruiters looking to hire the best front-end developers for their organization.

From defining the necessary skills and qualities to look for in a candidate, to attracting top talent and conducting effective interviews, we'll cover everything you need to know to make informed hiring decisions. Whether you're a seasoned recruiter or new to the hiring process, our expert advice and best practices will help you identify and hire the right front-end developer for your team.

What is a Front-End Developer?

A front-end developer is responsible for building and maintaining the user-facing aspects of a website or application. As such, they are skilled in using programming languages such as HTML, CSS, and JavaScript to create and optimize the user interface (UI) and user experience (UX). Their work often involves collaborating with designers to ensure that the design vision is brought to life in a functional, intuitive manner.

It is imperative for front-end developers to stay up-to-date with the latest web technologies and trends. That way, they can ensure that websites and applications are optimized for desktop and mobile devices. In essence, they play a vital role in creating engaging and seamless web experiences for users.

If you are looking for a job as a front-end developer you can check out the open positions below.

How Much Do Front-End Developers Make?

In terms of pay, the salary of a front-end developer can vary depending on several factors. According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for web developers, which includes front-end developers, was $77,030 as of May 2021. However, salaries can range from around $46,000 for entry-level positions to over $130,000 for more experienced developers in high-paying industries such as finance and software development.

Front-end developers with specialized skills such as React or Angular are currently in considerably high demand, which can result in higher salaries. Additionally, location can play a significant role in salary, with cities like San Francisco and New York City offering some of the highest salaries for front-end developers. It's worth noting that salaries may also include bonuses, stock options, and other perks, which can vary depending on the employer in question.

What are the Job Responsibilities of a Front-End Developer?

Since front-end developers build and maintain the user-facing aspects of websites and applications, they work closely with designers to execute many tasks, including:

  • Turning design mockups into functional and interactive interfaces using programming languages such as HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.
  • Ensuring that the websites and applications they build are responsive and optimized for different devices, such as desktops, tablets, and smartphones.
  • Maintaining a good understanding of user experience (UX) design principles and constantly working to improve the usability and accessibility of websites and applications.
  • Front-end developers must sometimes troubleshoot and debug issues that arise, staying up-to-date with the latest web technologies and trends and incorporating new features and functionality into their work.

As you can see, the presence of a talented, knowledgeable front-end developer is critical in creating engaging and seamless web experiences for users.

Front-End Developers in the Wild

It’s one thing to know the requirements of a role — it’s another to see what that role looks like in the wild. At The Org, we believe that putting a face to the job title and seeing for yourself where the role fits into the company makes it much easier to picture yourself in it.

Where in the company hierarchy does front-end developers fit in? Who are their closest team members, and who do they report to? What career growth opportunities does front-end developers have within the company structure?

We’re here to help you answer those questions. Explore live positions for front-end developers and see the role in the wild here.

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Tips for Hiring the Right Front-End Developer

Recruiting the best front-end developer for your team can be a challenging task. Here are some tips that can help you find and attract top talent:

  1. **Determine whether you need a junior, mid-level, senior, or team lead and understand the difference. **Ultimately, a senior front-end developer at one company may not even be considered mid-level at another. So, while titles can be helpful in providing a general idea of one's experience, it isn’t definitive in terms of whether they’re the right candidate for your organization. Be specific with your job description, otherwise, you could find yourself wasting time with candidates that don’t qualify.
  2. **Brush up on your tech role understanding. **Without a general understanding of the role for which you’re hiring, how can you know what to look for? New programming languages are popping up all the time and such roles are evolving fast. By staying up to date on relevant knowledge, you can feel confident in your search efforts.
  3. **Improve your knowledge of your target population. **Make sure you have a clear and realistic image in your head of what your ideal candidate looks like. Chasing after an idealized version of the perfect candidate will only serve to disappoint and leave you still in need of talent.
  4. **Learn to speak the language. **Piggybacking off of item #2, it's important to understand the tech terms related to this position. While we don’t expect you to learn a programming language, understanding the basics will help you make a proper assessment.

By following these tips, recruiters can increase their chances of finding the right front-end developer who can help drive their organization's digital success.

At The Org, we believe traditional recruiting is in need of a refresh. Candidates want to know who they’ll work with, not just what they’ll do. Workplace culture, interpersonal relationships, and company values are more important now than ever.

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Your Org Chart is a novel and effective way to show candidates where they fit in, and to show off your greatest asset: your people.

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