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Different types of Developer jobs

The different types of developer jobs

There are many different types of developer jobs, and the lines between distinguishing which one you are can be blurred. The more experienced and professional you become, the more types you will fit. Nowadays, different Developers have similar, if not the same skills needed to complete their role.

However, a Developer won't be able to perform every developer job available due to certain skills required for the role. For instance, a Smartphone Developer who is not a Game Developer but is familiar with similar tools cannot perform their duties.

This article delves into various Developer jobs, shedding light on their key skills and responsibilities.

1. Frontend Developer

Frontend Developers specialise in visual user interfaces, aesthetics and layouts. They work on creating web apps and websites as their codes run on web browsers and on the computer of the site user. Their role is solely focused on understanding human-machine interaction and design more than theory. Their skills consist of the design of user interface (UI), design of user experience (UX), CSS, JavaScript, HTML, and UI Frameworks.

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2. Backend Developer

The Backend Developer specialises in the design, implementation, functional logic and performance of a system that runs on a machine which is remote from the end-user. The backend of a website is made up of a server, application and database and a Backend Developer helps to build and maintain these components. By doing this they are enabling the user-facing side of a website to exist. Their development skills are Java, C++, Ruby, Python, Scala and Go.

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3. Full Stack Developer

A Full Stack Developer does both the frontend and backend work for a site. They have the skills which are required to create a fully functioning website. Being a Full Stack Developer will open up more opportunities as you will be required to work on both the server side and client side. The skills of a Full Stack Developer would consist of a combination of a Frontend and Backend Developer. A Full Stack Developer should be able to set up Linux servers, write server-side APIs, and client-side JavaScript powering an application and turn a design eye to CSS.

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4. Mobile Developer

Mobile Developers write codes for applications that run on mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones. Mobile Developers only started to become popular after the boom of mobile devices in the early 2000s and the growth of the smartphone market. A Mobile Developer understands mobile operating systems such as iOS and android and the environment and frameworks used to create software on these systems. They have a variety of development skills, such as Java, Swift, Objective-C, Application Programming Interfaces, web development languages and cross-platform mobile suites.

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5. Game Developer

Being a Game Developer is very demanding and complicated. They specialise in writing games and have specific knowledge and skills in designing engaging interactive gaming experiences. Game Developers use frameworks such as DirectX, OpenGL, Unity 3D, WebGL and programming languages such as C, C++ and Java. On mobile devices, Swift and Java are used for iOS and Android games.

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6. Data Scientist Developer

Data Scientist Developers write programs to analyse data sets. They are normally in charge of statistical analysis, machine learning and predictive modelling. The skill set a Data Scientist should have, would need to cover several science-related things. For example, programming languages (R, Python), different techniques that are a valid approach, being familiar with machine learning methods, understanding and knowing multivariable calculus and linear algebra and dealing with imperfections in data. Being able to communicate all imperfections and calculus is incredibly important for these types of developers.

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7. DevOps Developer

DevOps Developers are familiar with technologies which can build, deploy and integrate systems and manage back-end software. To simplify the definition, a Developer is someone who creates applications, an Ops, deploys and monitors the applications and a DevOps can create applications and deploy and monitor them. DevOps need experience in the following skills, Kubernetes, Docker, Apache Mesos, Jenkins e.t.c and the HashiCorp stack.

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8. Software Developer

A Software Developer plays a key role in identifying, designing, installing and testing a software system that has been built for a company from the ground up. They create software systems to ensure that the processes are running as expected. The skills needed for a Software Developer are coding languages such as JavaScript, C++, Ruby, C# and .Net to name a few. These types of Developers should also be comfortable writing and analysing queries and working with different frameworks.

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9. Web Developer

Web Developers have a similar job to Software Developers; however, they specialise in creating websites. Although they haven’t been around for as long as some other developers and they are only required to have basic knowledge when entering the role, web developers are increasing just as much as other Developers in today’s world. Web Developers are required to know HTML, CSS, FTP, JavaScript and WordPress.

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10. Security Developer

Security Developers specialise in creating systems, methods and procedures to test the security of software systems and fix security flaws. They use a variety of tools to complete their jobs such as scripting languages like Python and Ruby. They also use coding languages such as C and C++ to read and understand operating systems. Their job aims to ethically hack systems to discover their vulnerabilities.

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In today's dynamic tech landscape, developers wear various hats, each catering to a specific facet of technology. Whether it's creating captivating interfaces, building robust backends, or safeguarding digital realms, these developers collectively shape the digital world we navigate.

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