Front-end developer vs HTML developer

Hey, did you open this article to find out the difference between front-end and markup development? You hit the address. In this article, I will tell you about the problems of many programming courses, especially front-end courses. Unfortunately, some people may become disappointed after, but you should know the truth.


Let’s begin with the definition to make sure we understand the meaning of the key terms.


In software engineering, the terms front end and back end refer to the separation of concerns between the presentation layer (front end), and the data access layer (back end) of a piece of software, or the physical infrastructure or hardware. In the client–server model, the client is usually considered the front end and the server is usually considered the back end, even when some presentation work is actually done on the server itself.


In software architecture, there may be many layers between the hardware and end user. Each can be spoken of as having a front end and a back end. The front is an abstraction, simplifying the underlying component by providing a user-friendly interface, while the back usually handles business logic and data storage.



These lines tell us that the front-end is the same as the HTML markup development. However, we still have such vacancies as a front-end developer and HTML markup developer. Moreover, the salary difference is huge.


Small sample for job requirements

Summary table of the most recent vacancies with work.ua in one table, vacancies up to a year of development experience.

Skills               For an HTML markup developer?           For a front-end developer?


WordPress and 

other CMS 1 1


Design 1 0


Photoshop 3 0


Html/css 5 4


JavaScript (jQuery) 3 4


PURE JavaScript

(Prototype and etc) 0 4


Angular.js, React.js, 

Ember.js and so on 0 5


Node.js 0 2


Bootstrap 2 2




Git 0 2


On average, taking into account the viewed job offer, the salaries in USD are as follows: 


  • HTML Markup developer – from $380;

  • Front-end developer –  from $830.


HTML Markup developer vacancies

There is a special focus on HTML skills and many agencies require WordPress. Such requirements are offered by small web studios that create template websites on CMS.


The knowledge of Native JavaScript is not required from these candidates. The only thing you can face is the knowledge of jQuery.


Front-end developer vacancies

You can meet almost the same professional requirements as for HTML markup developers here. However, the main difference is the strong knowledge of JavaScript.


Actually, a front-end developer is doing quite similar things with an HTML markup developer, namely:

  • an HTML markup designer simply creates the layout, his main task is to create the same layout as sent by a designer.

  • a front-end developer develops logic. The main task to have all the website scripts, functions, and buttons working. All this is somehow connected with JavaScript.


Both of these positions are engaged in the website browser part.


Professional skills for a front-end developer

Let’s analyze the list of skills you need to have to become a front-end developer:


  • Native JavaScrip. It means that you should know how to create simple things without using any libraries.

  • Angular.js, React.js, or Ember.js. These three frameworks are the most in-demand among the web development agencies. You should know one of them. 

  • SASS / LESS, Git and other tools.


So, here is the outline table of skills you should take into consideration to become a valuable front-end developer:


1. You need to know everything that an HTML markup developer does

2. You should be ready to answer any questions regarding Native JavaScript

3. You should know one of the popular JS frameworks

4. It is preferable to know Git, SASS / LESS.

5. Node.js also will be a benefit for you.


Here are the skills you will get taking front-end courses within the first Google page:

Skills                       The number of times this technology is included in the course




Bootstrap 4


jQuery 7


Native JavaScript 

(basics) 6


Native JavaScript 

(advanced, OOP and so on) 2


Native JavaScript 

(many additional features, high advanced) 1


Angular.js, React, Ember.js 3




Git 2

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