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Introduction to Full-Stack Engineer Career Path

The first steps to earning yourself a full-stack engineering job.


Overview of Web Software Development

Be introduced to the field of software development on the web.


Fundamentals of HTML

Learn to build a structure for a website using HTML.


Fundamentals of CSS

Learn how to apply styles to HTML documents using CSS.


Developing Websites Locally

Get acquainted with the tools used to build websites outside the Codecademy IDE.


Deploying Websites

Learn how to deploy websites using GitHub Pages and the command line.


Improved Styling with CSS

Use intermediate-level CSS to customize styles and implement navigation elements.


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Become a Full-Stack Engineer

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In this path, you’ll begin with the front-end, move on to the back-end, then learn to connect the two.

About this Career Path

  • Understand the full stack: Get to know the tools front-end developers use every day, plus server-side back-end JavaScript libraries.
  • Build your own web app: Build the back-end of a web application and even create your own API.
  • Prepare for your career: Get job-ready with portfolio projects, interview prep, and more.


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50 units • 96 projects • 168 lessons

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Projects you’ll build

Build Your Own Reddit App

Use real data from the Reddit API and display it using React and Redux.

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Create Your Own E-Commerce App

Make a full-stack e-commerce app that lets users register accounts, browse products, and make purchases.

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Tsunami Coffee

Practice responsive design in CSS so you can hone your skills and feel confident taking them to the real world.

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Career Path

Full-Stack Engineer

As a jack of all trades (and master of quite a few), a Full-Stack Engineer can get a project done from start to finish. Get the specialized skills and portfolio you need to start your career as a Full-Stack Engineer in this curated career path.

Includes JavaScript, Node.JS, SQL, Express.JS, React, TDD, and more

Write live code, build projects, and practice for interviews

Finish in 4-8 months with a professional certification

Start my career change

Career paths teach you exactly what you need to start a new career.

Curated by our team of experts, career paths contain a collection of courses, projects, prep for technical interviews, and more. By the end, you'll be ready to start interviewing for entry-level jobs in the career of your choice.

What is a Codecademy career path?

The "stack" in full-stack refers to a developer’s tech stack, which is a combination of programming languages and skills a developer uses to build an application or project.

In this case, a full-stack engineer’s tech stack has both front-end and back-end programming languages, libraries, frameworks, APIs, and other tools.

What does the “stack” in full-stack mean?

Full-stack engineers know a bit of both front-end and back-end engineering. More than that, they understand how both pieces work together so they can create the communication between the two and work on projects from start to finish.

What do full-stack engineers do?

It’s helpful for full-stack developers to know HTML, CSS, JavaScript, React, Node.js, Express.js, SQL, and PostgreSQL to get started in the field. This career path will help you build all of these important skills.

What programming languages do full-stack engineers need to know?

There aren't any prerequisites to taking the Full-Stack Engineer career path, but it helps to have an understanding of programming fundamentals.

What do I need to know before taking this career path?

Yes. You’ll learn important interview skills and practice common code challenges that will help you land an entry-level job.

Will this career path help me prepare for a full-stack engineering job?

Full-stack developers know a bit of both front-end and back-end engineering, so they can complete a project on their own from start to finish.

Front-end developers manage the parts of websites and applications that users see and interact with.

Back-end developers are responsible for all of the hidden systems and servers that host and support websites and applications.

How is back-end engineering different from front-end or full-stack?

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Looking for something else?

Front-End Engineer

Front-end engineers work with closely with Designers to make websites beautiful, functional, and fast.

Career Path

Beginner friendly, 129 lessons

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Back-End Engineer

Back-end developers deal with the hidden processes that run behind the scenes, building APIs and databases.

Career Path

Beginner friendly, 121 lessons

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Which career is right for you?

Learn which careers and languages suit your personal interests and strengths best in this short and free resource.

Pick a career

Reach your career goals with Codecademy Pro

Practice for the interview with common questions and real coding challenges.

Technical interview prep

Career services

Explore career options and connect with employers that are hiring for in-demand jobs.


Test specific skills needed for top tech careers.

Professional certifications

Prove your expertise to yourself and prospective employers.