How Does ‘Full Stack’ Translate in the Job Market?

July 27, 2016

10:17 am

For those on the job market, it's paramount that they embody as many hire-able skills and experiences as possible. But with the market getting more competitive and employees looking to transition roles across various industries, it can be difficult to find definite skills to learn that will guarantee success on your next job hunt.

But for web developers, this kind of security can be questioned as well. Does “full stack” guarantee success like it once did, or will it just add to the uncertainty of the job seeker?

How Did “Full Stack” Come About?

The term “full slack developer” wasn't prominent in the industry until 2013. With that, companies and hiring managers zeroed in on developers and other candidates that could be proficient in a variety of languages and skills. And for other roles – content manager, social director – are the effects of industry consolidation and the need for more encompassing roles.

Most of that is a byproduct of the shifting economy. With as many companies pushing forward to reinvent themselves in an industry that is heavily relying on evolving tech and other industry niches.

So here's a breakdown of the significance of the “full stack” role, as written over on the Chismm blog:

What is a full stack developer supposed to know, anyway? Job descriptions frequently mention combinations of frontend and backend technologies such as JavaScript and Node, PHP and jQuery, Angular and Spring, and many others. In reality there is a significant amount of information outside those realms that would improve someone’s ability to build a website, and gone are the days when you could stick with what you know and make a career out of a single technology.

If Skills Don't Work, There's This

So if even unicorn coders with full stack skills aren't doing so well in the job market, how can non-technical candidates learn to make themselves hirable to managers and companies?

By staying adaptable.

Adaptability can, by far, impact your hirability in the long-term – sometimes, more efficiently than experience. And while these roles will require more out of candidates, they will also push us to take on more skills that can translate to a variety of roles, and not just fit one.

Image via Rachel Johnson / Flickr

Did you like this article?

Get more delivered to your inbox just like it!

Sorry about that. Try these articles instead!

Cameron is a tech and culture journalist, comic book enthusiast, and lives near New York City. A graduate of Stockton University, she's using her words to shift the world of online journalism, one byline at a time. When she's not writing, she can be found reading sci-fi novels, collecting succulents, and planning her next obnoxious hair color. Cameron is an editorial fellow at Tech.Co. Send your tips to or tweet @BlkGirlManifest.