Most Demanding Skills for Front-end Web Developer in Canada

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Most Demanding Skills for Front-end Web Developers [2021]

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Have you ever wondered who takes a designer’s mock-up of a web design or idea and transforms it into a user-friendly and interactive web application? That would be front-end developers (with the help of programming languages and frameworks of course). The three essential coding languages used are HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, without these primary codes website and web app designs would be impossible to create.
front end developer
So what would the day-to-day job role look like? The majority work within a team regardless of whether they are employed by a large company or just starting up. They will regularly meet with design teams and back-end developers to create coding, plans, debugging analysis, researching technology and more.

Alternatively, a freelance web developer is a slightly different option. However, there are added responsibilities of bookkeeping, marketing and networking. Either way, in an ever-changing and evolving industry, web development provides many opportunities to keep you engaged and gets you hands-on learning with no limits.

You’ll be pleased to hear that there is no shortage of demand in this field of work (and hasn’t been for a while). According to this year alone Indeed has listed upwards of 6000 vacancies for front end web developer jobs.

Google is showing a consistent increase in interest for the search term over the past 5 years (shown below) and Glassdoor published the average salary for a junior in Vancouver as of at a whopping $64,489 per annum. Yes, you heard us right, just shy of $65,000 a year! Now we’ve got you interested. Salary: Front End Developer in Vancouver, BC

Front End Web Developer Key Responsibilities

  • Develop functional and appealing applications and features based on usability
  • Design a framework for creating user apps and plan future website upgrades with the development team
  • Monitor website performance and provide maintenance where required
  • Create quality mockups and prototypes using a combination of markup languages
  • Assist back-end developers with coding and troubleshooting
  • Create cascading style sheets (CSS) that are consistent across all browsers and platforms

Required Technical Skills to Become a Front End Developer


Regarding the study of front-end development, I read the term “it’s easy to learn but difficult to master” and was intrigued. Yes, the basics are manipulating menus, colours, fonts and interactive components using HTML, CSS, and JS (JavaScript) but there is so much more to it!

From online/self-taught front-end web development courses to a 4-year computer science degree Canada has all sorts of pathways you can take to build a new career in this industry.
front end html cssTo give you an idea of progression, when transitioning from junior to senior front-end development (who earn an average of $100,000 per annum) you will require a minimum of 5 years of working experience with sufficient knowledge in functional programming and JavaScript libraries.

If you are looking to improve your web development skill-set or begin your new career, you can start checking the following links.

Link HTML to CSS

HTML colour picker  –

HTML text button

CSS flex/ animation / selector/ grid etc. – 

CSS preprocessing SASS

2. JavaScript

In addition to these basic structures, CSS and JavaScript simultaneously provide the ability to enhance and modify. The ‘look and feel’ of a web page and variation of screen sizes are all controlled by the CSS element, whereas JavaScript essentially increases interactivity handling all the complex functions and features such as audio and video, games, page animations and scrolling abilities.

Top 10 most popular JavaScript frameworks according to a 2020 study;

  1. AngularJS
  2. ReactJS
  3. VueJS
  4. jQuery
  5. BackboneJS
  6. NodeJS
  7. EmberJS
  8. MeteorJS
  9. PolymerJS
  10. Aurelia

3. Responsive and mobile design

Nowadays we expect a website to change its layout based on the device being used – this is referred to as responsive design. The importance of this (making your site compatible with different screen-size and generally more pleasing to the eye) can ultimately improve your ranking in a search engine therefore also increasing the frequency and length of time customers may spend on your site.
responsive front-end development
There are three main skill components; the web browser, media query and the response web interface itself. When it comes to the framework a website like Bootstrap (free and open-source) will become your ultimate go-to.

4. Testing and debugging

Learning all these processes and functions would be useless if you had no ability to fix errors in the system when they occur, this is where the debugging aspect comes in. Bugs within computer programs, systems, or software can cause the production of an unexpected result or behave in unintended ways.
front end testing and debugging
Nowadays, there are website testing indicators that can help improve website performance. Functional testing is a way in which you can monitor forms or databases to make sure they are operating in the way in which they have been coded to. By feeding input and examining the output it works like a quality assurance process (similar to blackbox testing techniques).

Useful Tips for Testing and Debugging

Website testing indicators

Website uptime

5. Version control systems (Git)

Version control systems which are responsible for managing changes to computer programs, large websites, or documents. If something goes wrong in your web development stage imagine having to start all over again!

Thanks to version control you won’t have to; as an overview, this is the process of controlling and tracking changes to your source code. As a component software configuration management tool, this enables us to produce continuous integration and development in websites and platforms.

Geospatial Information Technology (also known as Git) is a tool used to enable you to revert back to previous versions of your work and depict errors without taking you back to square one.

Useful Tips;

Git commands

6. Content Management Systems (CMS)

CMS is software that is used to manage digital content in both the initial creation and modification stages. All within a single interface and without the requirement of specialized technical (coding) knowledge.

The way in which this works is by handling all the basic infrastructure which enables you to concentrate more on the visual aspect of your website. CMS is also widely used for functions such as document management.

Here are the top 8 CMS options for 2021 are as follows;

  1. WordPress
  2. Joomla!
  3. Drupal
  4. Typo3
  5. Serendipity
  6. Dotclear
  7. ImpressPages
  8. Chamilo

WordPress is the fastest way to build a website via their webpage. It actually began as a blogging tool and over time has transformed into a user-friendly website builder.
front end non-technical skills

Required Non-technical Skills to Become a Front-end Developer

As well as all these technicalities there are also various non-technical skills you would need to possess to be a front-end developer. Time management is an important aspect especially as in most cases you will not be working alone. Having the ability to be productive as part of a team/group is extremely important as well as making a conscious effort in your self learning.

There are always opportunities for you to expand and improve your capability in the world of web development. Lastly, problem-solving and critical thinking will always come in handy especially when required to run functional testing and eradicate error.

Things to remember

  • To create user-friendly websites and mobile-based features with mark-up languages like HTML
  • Optimizing applications to maximize speed, maintain and improve website use
  • Collaborate with web designers and back end developers for optimal usability
  • Assist in coding and troubleshooting with the familiarity of browser testing and debugging
  • Ability to perform in a fast-paced environment and remaining current with emerging and trending technologies
  • Excellent multi-tasking and analytical skill-set

Written by Jessica Maria Richmond

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