Why Experts on Most Popular Javascript Frameworks Might Expect Less Pay

JavaScript, the foundation of every web page, is a versatile and dynamic environment. Over the last decade, it has evolved into a massive ecosystem that covers nearly every aspect of web development, including both the front end and back end.

Developers will find dozens of JavaScript frameworks and tools to fit every taste. But how do you choose the right one? Whether you're planning only to try your hand at JavaScript or considering adding more skills to your front-end development toolset, exploring the current trends and market demand is an important place to start.

Let's see which frameworks currently dominate front-end development.

The Most Popular JavaScript Frameworks

Based on a survey of 28,000 developers worldwide, the State of JavaScript 2017 surfaces valuable insights into front-end development technologies. Its results show that most front-end developers already have experience with React and would like to continue using it. Interestingly, close to 10,000 of respondents that have used Angular 1 would not use it again. For Angular 2, this number is four times lower. A significant part of the respondents don't use any framework at all.

Figure 1. Survey responders show a clear preference for front-end frameworks. (Source: The State of JavaScript 2017.)

Figure 1. Survey responders show a clear preference for front-end frameworks. (Source: The State of JavaScript 2017.)

React has also been dominating the NPM registry, which is the largest collection of reusable open source code components for the JavaScript community. Angular remains highly popular among developers as well; however, lesser known frameworks like Ember and Vue have grown in popularity throughout 2017, unlike Backbone.js, which is steadily losing the community's interest. Ember is designed for use on large projects — from single-page web applications to desktop and mobile apps. One example is the Apple Music app, which has users numbering in the millions. Vue is positioned in the industry as the framework you can slipstream into current projects, although it works well as the framework used from the start. The Backbone framework is a mature technology used by many large companies, including LinkedIn, Pandora, and Pinterest. It uses the model-view-presenter approach to application design.

The JavaScript Frameworks Currently in High Demand

According to the data from StackOverflow, the demand for front-end specialists is constantly growing. All in all, there are almost twice as many front-end developer vacancies as there are specialists with matching skill sets. As for the most popular skills, React saw a more than 150 percent increase in job postings between 2015 and 2016.

Similarly, Indeed, a leading job search platform, shows that there are currently three front-end JavaScript frameworks that are in demand: React, Angular, and Backbone.js. The number of job postings targeting other JS tools is significantly lower.

Figure 2. As shown, employers need only to correspond partially with developers' preferences. (Source: Indeed)

Figure 2. As shown, employers need only to correspond partially with developers' preferences. (Source: Indeed)

This chart also makes clear that there are three undisputable leaders within the JavaScript ecosystem. These are Angular (both version 1 and 2), React, and Backbone.js.

Now that we know which front-end frameworks are popular among both developers and employers, let's dig a little deeper and see which of the listed skills are the most attractive in terms of pay. In other words, what salary can a JavaScript developer expect, depending on the toolset they choose?

The JavaScript Skills Employers Are Seeking

Front-End Salary: The Salaries of JavaScript Developers Around the World The skill sets of JavaScript developers, just like their salaries, vary greatly depending on the specifics of their work. Figure 3 (below) shows the costs of hiring front-end engineers in different countries around the globe.

Figure 3. Shown are the global front-end developer salaries. Note that Switzerland JavaScript developers earn the highest.

Figure 3. Shown are the global front-end developer salaries. Note that Switzerland JavaScript developers earn the highest.

Both the median and the average high salaries here are significantly higher than they are in countries such as the UK, Israel, the Netherlands, Denmark, and Sweden. Yet the market is highly dynamic, according to Gooroo.

Elena Ruchko I am the Head of Digital Marketing at Daxx. With over 6 years of experience in multiple marketing strategies including content marketing and SEO, I have been contributed to CMI, SEMrush, and SmartInsights. I am also passionate about languages and regularly contribute to Chinese learning blogs in my free time. Follow me on Twitter or connect on Linkedin.
 

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