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Back-end: a crisis- and future-proof speciality in IT


There is a growing need for IT professionals worldwide, offering many possibilities for employees. Which career path is suitable for you the most? Which one is ultimately future-proof? In this series of articles we aim to introduce those IT career paths that let us stay marketable in the job market long term. This time, we dive into Back-end.

What is Back-end development and how did it become so popular?

Back-end deals with everything related to server-side development: database management, receiving communication through the World Wide Web etc.

This is the part of webpage development that manages data, and Back-end developers build the skeleton of all web applications. Their work happens in the background, mostly invisible to end users.

The fact that you can register to online social platforms, sign in and get your friends’ list, view their pictures and chat with them are all the result of Back-end developers’ work.

For those who are interested in starting off in this field, the good news is that Back-end programmers, along with skilled Java-experts, are among the most needed professionals worldwide.

“My aim was to find a profession and industry that is flexible enough, economically stable and would give me a solid financial background as well. This is how I found IT” - said our former student, Máté, who is now a Back-end developer.

Is Back-end a good choice for you?

We recommend back-end for those,  who can easily understand complex systems, obtain good analytical and logical skills and are eager to solve problems, then it’s a yes! Quick learning abilities and motivation for continuous  improvement is a benefit as well. Having various soft skills is likewise essential, since developers work in teams,  they are in close contact with Front-end developers and in certain cases they are asked to present their ideas to clients too. A strong intermediate level of English is a must as the language of IT itself is English, and  many multinational companies employ people with various nationalities.

What career opportunities Back-end has to offer?

For those, who choose Back-end many doors open up in the field of IT, both horizontally and vertically. On one hand they can acquire various Back-end technologies, such as Python, Ruby, Node.Js, PHP etc. On the other hand, the wider knowledge they acquire, the higher they can climb on the career ladder.

Potential positions, when choosing this technology:

  • Senior Back-end Engineer

Lead Back-end developers fill an important role in software development, as they are responsible for controlling and supervising the technical side of a given project.

They work in close cooperation with brand managers and other relevant IT professionals (Front-end, UX etc.), so a high quality product is maintained in a rapidly changing and interactive environment. These developers support product quality along with the continuous advancement of security and performance.

  • Senior Full Stack Developer

Lead Full-stack developers build full-scale platforms utilizing different technologies. They participate in all stages of brand development, including planning, developing, installing and maintaining new and existing functions. They work closely with the development team for creating a consistent system and a great user experience.

  • Lead Software Engineer

Lead Software Engineers obtain in-depth knowledge and experience in software development, since beside developing IT systems, they are responsible for leading and mentoring the team, reporting and time management. Lead Software Engineers supervise one or more teams of developers, who are accountable for building new websites and maintaining already existing ones.

  • Lead Software Developer

Beside code writing and the deconstruction of codes, a lead Software Developer is working on the development of software testing-strategies, they create planning for the development of software products and monitor the project’s time schedule. They analyze the specifications for constructing  efficient applications, for performing multiple, quality testing and enhancing user surfaces.

  • Senior Software Architect

Senior Software Architects are experienced tech-experts, who are responsible for innovative solutions regarding the construction and execution of softwares. Their responsibilities include supervising junior developers, creating digital products and counseling with different sectors if needed.

  • IT Director

IT directors are professionals, who fill a supervisory role over all IT departments, that means they have a profound understanding of network functions and how to execute projects effectively. They secure the proper execution of projects and find creative solutions for occurring problems or combating new challenges. They are accountable for the implementation and execution of IT systems that support the strategies defined by the leadership, and responsible for the IT team within the organization.

Are you still hesitating which career path would suit you the best? Fill out our quick online quiz and find out!

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