Career Paths in Tech

Season 1 Episode 10 | August 26, 2019

There are so many different paths your career can follow in the tech industry. There's frontend, backend, or even full-stack development. You could also be a software engineer, quality assurance engineer, UX engineer, manager, developer advocate, or something else entirely!



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Shopify Careers

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JAMStack Conf Website

We want to tell you about the JAMStack Conference, happening Oct 16-18 in San Francisco. So what’s the JAMstack? Chris Coyier got to the heart of it when he said the explosion of new APIs and tools are providing front end developers with full stack superpowers. We call this new approach the JAMstack.

Hear from Chris, Mandy Michael, Katie Sylor-Miller and more at this two-day event covering topics from web performance to static site generators to modern build tools and workflows. On day three you’ll have the option to join hands-on workshops about serverless functions, front end adventures and more.

Podcast listeners can save 10% using the discount code “ladybug” when you sign up. You are also encouraged to apply for a diversity scholarship by August 23rd. Hurry—the last two JAMstack events sold out. All the details are at

Show notes

1:47 - Frontend Developer

9:16 - Backend Developer

12:51 - Full-stack Developer

20:15 - UX Engineer

25:16 - Dev Ops

27:50 - QA Engineer

30:37 - Software Architect

33:59 - Developer Advocate / Evangelist

36:38 - Open Source Maintainer

41:30 - Manager

47:10 - Wins



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