A front-end web developer is generally expected to:
Develop functional and appealing web- and mobile-based applications based on usability
Provide website maintenance and enhancements
Use a combination of markup languages to write web pages
Write functional requirement documents and specifications
Create quality mockups and prototypes on tight timelines
Assist back-end developers with coding and troubleshooting
Create cascading style sheets (CSS) that are consistent across all browsers and platforms
Maintain graphic standards and branding throughout the product’s interface
Stay up-to-date on emerging technologies
Promote usability best practices
In addition, an understanding of the entire web development process, including design, development and deployment, with some back-end knowledge, is important.
The best candidates have a strong understanding of industry trends and content management systems such as Drupal and WordPress, as well as software programs like the Adobe Creative Suite. Experience with responsive and adaptive design is also a big plus.
Because front-end web developers are responsible for interpreting and executing designs correctly, they must be able to effectively communicate with the creative team and clients. Other vital soft skills in the front-end web developer job description include the ability to solve problems and adapt quickly to new web design and application trends.