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Traek Wells
Traek Wells

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Is the Web Developer Barrier of Entry Too High?

It seems that a lot of people are struggling to land their first web development job. I'm making that statement based on my Twitter and LinkedIn feeds where there is a constant flurry of job help requests to the timeline. It's possible that I'm noticing this because I tend to mostly follow web development and people of all skill levels in that community, but I definitely notice it.

This made me wonder.. Is it too hard to get into this field compared to other fields? Or are developers just not ready for their first front-end web development roles?

There's a seemingly never ending list of stuffs you should know before applying for your first tech job but the meat of it seems to come down to:

  • HTML
  • CSS/SCSS/SASS/Stylus/etc.
  • Some JavaScript (whatever that means)
  • A JavaScript framework but most of them say React
  • Some soft skills

Are people just not spending enough time on sharpening these skills?

My Question To You

Is the barrier of entry for web development too high? Or is the barrier of entry exactly where it should be?

I'm planning on writing a detailed view of my thoughts on this but I'm curious what you all think.

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