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    Branching from Front-end Development

    Hello all, I am a front-end developer who is looking to expand my horizons. I am happy with my position, but I am trying to research to see what else is out there. What other jobs exist out there that can branch from front-end development? I know there is Design, Development (Programming etc...) What else?


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    First of all, I have no idea who coined the phrase "front-end developer" but I've got a left uppercut to the chin waiting for that idiot. Development is programming. "Front-end developers" (at least the ones I've seen) have next to no programming skills, if any at all. What little they do have usually relates to PHP and quite often W*rdPr*ss. Unless you do actual programming, you're a designer...and by programming, I mean some sort of server-side programming to solve a problem or build something. That's development. (Not your fault, by the way...it's just a horrible, bastardized term).

    Where I do find fault with your approach is in your reasoning behind it. You don't look to branch out because of "jobs that exist out there", since 1) that makes you a mercenary (the wrong reason to enter any web design or development-related field), 2) job markets are constantly in a state of flux, and 3) you'll end up picking something you're not really passionate about or interested in and therefore you won't maximize your own personal skill set. So that means my answer to you is to pick something you'd be interested in learning...really interested...and learn it. I'd lean more toward development than design just because there are a million people on the planet that can draw pretty pictures and very few really good developers (WZ will attest to that), but again, approach it from the standpoint of "I want to learn this", not "I want to learn this because Company X is going to hire me if I do."
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