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Most backend developers have formal training, such as a bachelor's degree in computer science or computer programming. Compared to front-end developers, back-end developers may have to do more abstraction - they could be data mining, writing abstract algorithms, and so forth. That's why a formal computer science degree can be very useful.

Job openings for back-end developers often call for experience with PHP frameworks like Zend, Symfony, and CakePHP; experience with version control software like SVN, CVS, or Git; and experience with Linux as a development and deployment system.

There are also in-person courses available to prepare individuals for a career in back end development. In-person boot camps/courses are more affordable than a formal computer science degree, and there is the plus of having interaction with peers and an instructor. The best way to find an in-person back end development course near you is through online research.

There are online options available as well:

What are Back-End Developers like?


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Back-End Developers by Strongest Interest Archetype

Based on sample of 423 CareerExplorer users

Are Back-End Developers happy?


Back-End Developers rank highly among careers. Overall they rank in the 67th percentile of careers for satisfaction scores.

Back-End Developer Career Satisfaction by Dimension

Percentile among all careers

Education History of Back-End Developers

The most common degree held by Back-End Developers is Computer Science. 37% of Back-End Developers had a degree in Computer Science before becoming Back-End Developers. That is over 12 times the average across all careers. Computer Engineering graduates are the second most common among Back-End Developers, representing 8% of Back-End Developers in the CareerExplorer user base, which is 13.5 times the average.

Back-End Developer Education History

This table shows which degrees people earn before becoming a Back-End Developer, compared to how often those degrees are obtained by people who earn at least one post secondary degree.

Degree % of Back-End Developers % of population Multiple
Computer Science 36.9% 3.0% 12.5×
Computer Engineering 7.8% 0.6% 13.5×
Physics 6.4% 1.0% 6.3×
Economics 4.3% 4.0% 1.1×
Mathematics 3.5% 1.9% 1.9×
Mathematics And Computer Science 3.5% 0.2% 18.5×
General Engineering 3.5% 0.4% 9.0×
Electrical Engineering 3.5% 0.9% 4.1×
Political Science 3.5% 2.9% 1.2×
Environmental Science 2.8% 1.1% 2.6×
Finance 2.8% 2.1% 1.4×
Computer Programming 2.8% 0.3% 9.2×
Architecture 2.8% 0.6% 4.8×
Marketing And Marketing Research 2.1% 2.2% 1.0×
Management Information Systems 2.1% 0.4% 5.0×
Information Systems 2.1% 0.5% 4.0×
Information Sciences 2.1% 0.2% 12.4×
Computer Networking 2.1% 0.3% 7.3×
Applied Mathematics 2.1% 0.4% 6.0×
Biomedical Engineering 2.1% 0.4% 5.9×
English Literature 2.1% 4.9% 0.4×
Psychology 2.1% 7.0% 0.3×
Network Administration 2.1% 0.1% 25.9×

Back-End Developer Education Levels

43% of Back-End Developers have a bachelor's degree. 33% of Back-End Developers have an associate's degree.

No education 2%
High school diploma 21%
Associate's degree 33%
Bachelor's degree 43%
Master's degree 1%
Doctorate degree 0%

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Career Attributes

  • $84,836
  • 3.5
  • Computer Science
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