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Having a bachelor's degree in computer science or computer programming can be a wise move, but it isn't necessary. People without degrees but who have good portfolios, good references, and good open source work are definitely in the running for employment.

Being a full-stack developer requires you to know about all the front-end technologies and all the back-end technologies. It requires you to know all programming languages, and to be good at working with everything, ranging from databases to user interfaces and everything in-between. The base of most web development is JavaScript & HTML/CSS, so at a beginner level, strengthen your knowledge on these.

The path to becoming a full stack developer will take time. It’s not only about learning various front end and back end technologies, but about understanding those two areas in more detail and making communication between those two areas easy and smooth. Plenty of patience is needed to get there, as well as an eagerness to learn.

An action plan for learning to be a full stack developer:

  • Learn basic HTML - code up basic pages, link between them, etc
  • Deploy your HTML site to production - a hosting provider, heroku, etc
  • Learn one backend language and integrate it into HTML - if you use a web framework, make it the lightest one you can
  • Set up a virtual server for deployment - AWS, digital ocean, linode, etc.
  • Deploy your dynamic application to production
  • Learn one relational database system and integrate it into your app
  • Learn basic CSS to make it look good
  • Learn Javascript to provide client-side behaviour

What are Full Stack Developers like?


Based on our pool of users, Full Stack Developers tend to be predominately investigative people. Take our career test to see what career interest category best describes you.

Full Stack Developers by Strongest Interest Archetype

Based on sample of 351 CareerExplorer users

Are Full Stack Developers happy?


Full Stack Developers rank highly among careers. Overall they rank in the 69th percentile of careers for satisfaction scores.

Full Stack Developer Career Satisfaction by Dimension

Percentile among all careers

Education History of Full Stack Developers

The most common degree held by Full Stack Developers is Computer Science. 62% of Full Stack Developers had a degree in Computer Science before becoming Full Stack Developers. That is over 21 times the average across all careers. Computer Engineering graduates are the second most common among Full Stack Developers, representing 7% of Full Stack Developers in the CareerExplorer user base, which is 11.4 times the average.

Full Stack Developer Education History

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

Degree % of Full Stack Developers % of population Multiple
Computer Science 61.8% 3.0% 20.9×
Computer Engineering 6.6% 0.6% 11.4×
Electrical Engineering 5.9% 0.9% 6.8×
Physics 4.6% 1.0% 4.5×
Management Information Systems 3.3% 0.4% 7.7×
Mathematics 3.3% 1.9% 1.8×
Economics 3.3% 4.0% 0.8×
Information Systems 2.6% 0.5% 4.9×
Biology 2.0% 3.6% 0.5×
Mechanical Engineering 2.0% 1.7% 1.2×

Full Stack Developer Education Levels

43% of Full Stack Developers have a bachelor's degree. 33% of Full Stack 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

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  • 3.5
  • Computer Science
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