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Is front end web dev a lucrative career choice? Currently in the commercial banking industry but don’t enjoy it a ton, enjoy learning basic front end web dev because I like the control and creative aspect of it, was curious if I should just keep it as a hobby and keep a stable banking job or possibly look into trying to prepare to make a switch in a few years. Thoughts?

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I think from a sustainable career perspective, you may want to consider going deeper than just front end dev. The capabilities of prototyping tools continues to evolve to a point where designers cant create rich prototypes without coding. And the reality is many true development environments, beyond basic marketing websites and landing pages are/have moved towards full stack development - meaning the need for "dedicated" front end developers, from a trend line perspective, is shrinking. React Native, Angular, Microsoft's Blazor (a replacement for javascript on the horizon) is where the bulk of meaningful, transactional website takes place - which means that is going to be more lucrative, less commoditized. All of that said - areas like accessibility considerations is a high value space that has yet to be wholly commoditized IMO. Front end devs who go deep into understanding what is needed for truly well formed code to interact with screen readers and similar assistive technologies will be in demand for awhile. So my advise would be to take a generous definition of "front end" and research things like a11y needs, universal design, etc. Pair that with strong front end coding skills (and code testing, esp. for a11y needs) and it could be viable.

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