I just took a month or two to really study the job market, even applying to jobs and taking on interviews. Why? For three reasons:
- To stay relevant and up to date on what the latest trends were.
- To have real-world answers for the students in my Learn to Code Blueprint Course (75% off this week!!).
- To look for more steady work and to ultimately step away from the freelance hustle (of which I accepted an offer with an amazing company, and will share on all that at a later time).
FYI: Yes, I know React is a library, not a framework, but I am going to lump all these into the ‘framework’ category for this article.
1. Because back end development, alone, is not enough.
The majority of back-end developer jobs that I saw required knowledge of a front end framework. Back-end, alone, was not enough!
There are listings for Django developers who will need to know React because they are using Django as an API only. Laravel developers are expected to be familiar with Vue (Laravel’s native choice) or with React. And so on.
2. Because there is a high demand, especially for React
Take a look at the latest listings on We Work Remotely. Almost all I could fit into a screenshot require knowledge of React or Angular:
Take a look at Upwork. At this very moment, here are the results:
React – 243 listings
Angular – 104 listings
Laravel – 54 listings
Vue – 53 listings
Django – 38 listings
and so on…
If you visit Indeed.com, Cyber Coders, Remote.co, Zip Recruiter, you will notice that the majority of the jobs are either specifically React or require a familiarity with front end frameworks (React, Angular, Vue).
If you are used to Front-end positions asking for HTML, CSS, and JS only, then you are a year or two behind.
And many of the back-end developer positions required knowledge of modern JS frameworks (React, Vue, Angular).
So if you are learning to code or looking to level up your skills in 2019, React or Angular may be your best bet, especially React.
Opinion 1: There are still tons of Ruby on Rails jobs. I assume this is maintaining all the Rails sites out there. Either way, there are listings for these developers everywhere.
Opinion 2: Learn Vue for pleasure, not for employment (unless you are a devoted back-end developer as many of these jobs require knowledge of one of the big 3 (React, Angular, Vue). I just don’t see a lot of jobs out there asking specifically for Vue.js. And yes, Vue is by far my favorite too!
Opinion 3: There are tons of PHP jobs out there. But aside from WordPress (and a framework like Laravel), many of these jobs are maintaining old PHP sites. Not too appealing. But if you are planning to freelance, a good knowledge of PHP will go a long way.