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Full Stack Developer

Full Stack Developer

Use expert knowledge to develop and manage software and web-based applications.

What's it like to be a Full Stack Developer?

A Full Stack Developer is a Web Developer who is proficient in both Front End and Back End web development. Front End development refers to user-facing software, built and managed using programming languages like HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Back End development refers to the server-side of the website or application, built and managed using programming languages like Java, PHP, Ruby and Python.

Tasks and duties

  • Designing websites using a mixture of creativity and software programming.
  • Gathering project requirements by liaising with clients and stakeholders.
  • Analysing project requirements and designing solutions and features.
  • Using computer software and hardware to write and modify programming code.
  • Testing code for bugs and implementing improvements and fixes.
  • Solving problems using logic and methodical testing processes.
  • Developing testing and validation processes.
  • Deploying code to the live environment.
Full Stack Developers commonly work to a process known as the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC), which contains six stages: analysis, design, development and testing, implementation, documentation, and evaluation.
Software Developers may be employed at large companies where new software is created, at digital agencies or within the IT department of a business. Like other Software Developers, they may also work freelance on a contractual basis.

What can I earn as a Full Stack Developer?

The most common salary  for a Full Stack Developer is between $100k and $120k
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How to become a Full Stack Developer

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It is possible to work as a Full Stack Developer without formal qualifications, however many employers prefer individuals to have qualifications in the field of computer science.
  1. Complete a qualification in computer science with a focus on software development. This could be a Certificate IV in Programming (ICT40515), a Diploma of Software Development (ICT50715), or a Bachelor degree majoring in Software Development.
  2. Look to secure a placement in an internship program while studying. This will provide you with relevant experience as well as guidance and mentorship from experienced Full Stack Developers.
  3. Complete online or in-person courses to build your specialisation in one or more programming languages.

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How do Full Stack Developers rate their role?

Latest reviews from 7 Full Stack Developers surveyed on SEEK

Latest reviews

3 out of 5Nov 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Associate diploma
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Business finance and resource management
The good things
If you are the type of person that has to know the in's-and-out's of a ducks guts, and like to have a holistic, pragmatic approach to engineering and like to have control over the entire system then y...
The challenges
The main challenge in being a Full Stack Developer, is not being particularly great at any one thing. If you spend your time between 'insert future back-end technology here' and 'insert some future f...
5 out of 5Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Engineering
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Software Engineering
The good things
It suits those who enjoy thinking and creating things, and relish the presence of rational people.
The challenges
A lot, and I mean A LOT of self-learning required.
4 out of 5Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Computer Science
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Education
The good things
* Can be a master and go-to person of the system, as a full stack developer has to understand all the aspects of the system. * Having more opportunities to experience/use different new technologies....
The challenges
* Need to update knowledges and learn new skills in different technology stacks. * Workload can be higher than other developers. * More responsibilities.
4 out of 5Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Arts
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
JavaScript software development
The good things
It's a profession where you constantly get to learn so you really have to like studying. The company culture in a lot of agencies and companies where you can work as a full stack developer seem to be ...
The challenges
As a full stack developer you constantly have to learn new paradigms or libraries but projects still have deadlines. It can be a job that requires a lot of your time, especially if you want to become ...
5 out of 5Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Information Technology
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Consulting
The good things
It allows me to work across a variety of technologies and learn something new every day. I work with people from different tech backgrounds which helps boost my knowledge. This knowledge is appeals to...
The challenges
There's a lot to learn and I need to be on my toes every day to be able to manage all the different roles that I need to play. If you stop learning or are hesitant in picking different technology stac...
5 out of 5Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Engineering
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Legal
The good things
Have a wide range of opportunities to try and gain experience on various new technologies, which is fun and challengable.
The challenges
New things come up, always have to find ways to keep updating myself on learning new things quickly.
5 out of 5Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Software Engineering
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
App development
The good things
The role is diverse and always changing. You get great satisfaction solving problems and fixing those nagging bugs. The diversity of projects you will work on also helps to keep things interesting.
The challenges
Sometimes the role is prone to late nights and overtime in order to reach a project timeline. This isn’t unique to development and exists within the IT industry as a whole.
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What are the job opportunities for Full Stack Developers?

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Job opportunities

Full Stack Developer jobs on SEEK
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Projected job growth

National increase over next 5 years
21%
2018
2023
Source: LMIP. Software and Applications Programmers
Latest Full Stack Developer jobs on SEEK
Morgan McKinley
Sydney
Permanent opportunity within a leading information services organisation
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Embedded Search & Selection
Brisbane > CBD & Inner Suburbs
Be part of an international team changing the status quo in software development
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iKas International Australia
Sydney > CBD, Inner West & Eastern Suburbs
A forward thinking digital team are looking for a Full Stack Developer to join them in their Sydney CBD offices.
Robert Walters
Sydney > Ryde & Macquarie Park
A rare opportunity to get on the ground level of an exciting FinTech company and become an integral par of their team.
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