Following the introduction of HTML5 and other newer technologies, website development has made remarkable strides, bringing more interactive and diverse elements, attributes and behaviors.
Due to the multifaceted functionality of sites, two types of Web development professionals have emerged: front-end and back-end Web developers.
The collaborative link that brings together design and development is front-end Web development. Front-end development will continue to comprise components that make websites engaging while back-end development will remain focused on the server and database.
“CSS3 is now packed with functionality that allows front-end developers to achieve just about any look and feel thrown at them by a designer,” says Andrew Walpole, innovation technology development manager at Jack’s University of Jack in the Box in San Diego, and instructor at UC San Diego Extension.
“As the expectations of a front-end developer continue to grow, so too does the demand, which makes it a great time to be one,” said Walpole. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job-growth rate is significantly faster than average at 20 percent, with an average salary of $62,500.
The key is to become proficient.
“The specialized certificate is designed to provide skills in technologies used for advanced web publishing, but also include the current knowledge to create sites that are interactive and reactive,” said Hugo Villar, Ph.D., MBA, director of science and technology at UC San Diego Extension.
For more information about UC San Diego Extension’s Front End Web Development certificate, visit extension.ucsd.edu/FrontEndWebDev or call (858) 534-9352.