The PathMatch Guide to

Front-End Engineering

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A Day in the Life

Have you ever looked at your favorite website and wondered why it was laid out the way it was or thought "I wish I could do that"? Well, all of those visible site features are built through front-end development and the people behind them have a name: Front-End Engineers. Front-End Engineers are some of the most in-demand roles, and for good reason! We wouldn't get to enjoy internet black holes we so often find ourselves in without them.

Work Responsibilities

  • Use a clean, object-oriented coding style to design web application components
  • Build comprehensive, high-quality technical solutions ensuring top-level performance and responsiveness
  • Fix existing bugs
  • Refactor/optimize existing code to deliver the best customer experience
  • Build new front-end features
  • Participate in daily standups and brainstorming sessions to figure out the best technical solution to achieve the goals set by management

Skills You'll Need

  • Knowledge of web development with a deep understanding of the inner workings of major browsers, including how they render HTML/CSS and their Javascript runtime environment
  • Experience with modern web architecture and methodologies
  • Solid grasp of translating comps and wireframes into semantically correct web templates
  • Knowledge of responsive and adaptive design principles
  • Strong Javascript skills and Javascript frameworks, like Angular, React, Redux, etc.
  • Data structures, algorithms, design patterns
  • CSS Preprocessors, such as SASS or Stylus
  • Understanding of API design and usage
  • DOM, AJAX, GitHub, Git, npm, PostgreSQL, Django, Flow, Typescript, and more...

Industries You'll Work In

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The Network You'd Build

Here are a few real-word examples of jobs and people working in this industry right now.

Example Jobs

Front-End Engineer at Ring

Front-End Engineer at Facebook

Senior Front-End Engineer at GoodRx

Principal Software Engineer - Frontend at Sigma Computing

Real World Professionals

Front-End Software Engineer

Front End Developer

Front-End Engineering Manager

Front-End Engineering Manager

Director of Front-End Engineering

Senior Director of Front-End Engineering

Growth Path

  1. Front-End Engineer
  2. Sr. Front-End Engineer
  3. Front-End Engineering Manager
  4. Director of Front-End Engineering

Demand for Talent

  • Projected Growth: MASSIVE
    Current Demand: FIRE
  • Approximately 380 websites are created every minute, and as companies continue to invest in digital transformation, the growing demand for Front-End Engineers has no end in sight
  • Glassdoor's #1 profession for 2020 based on job satisfaction, salary, and open jobs


Front-End Engineer
Sr. Front-End Engineer
Front-End Engineering Manager
Director of Front-End Engineering

Teams You'll Work With

Front-End Engineers work with the engineering, product, and marketing teams


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