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Back-End Engineer

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

Includes Node.JS, Express.JS, PostgreSQL, Back-End, SQL, Security, and more.

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  • Skill level

  • Time to complete

    Average based on combined completion rates — individual pacing in lessons, projects, and quizzes may vary
    100 hours
  • Professional certification

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About this career path

Back-end developers deal with the hidden processes that run behind the scenes, building APIs and databases that power the front-end. This Career Path will teach you the technologies you need to do just that.

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41 units • 122 lessons • 60 projects • 110 quizzes
  • 1

    Welcome to the Back-End Engineer Path

    Welcome to the Back-End Engineer Path!

  • 2

    Setting Up a Dev Environment

    Learn about the field of web development and the tools developers use to create websites.

  • 3

    Web Development Fundamentals

    Be introduced to the field of web development and create your first web page on the internet.

  • 4

    JavaScript Syntax, Part I

    Use JavaScript to create basic programs that can store and manipulate various types of data.

  • 5

    JavaScript Syntax, Part II

    Explore JavaScript to create more complex programs using arrays, loops, objects, and iterators.

  • 6

    Building Interactive Websites with JavaScript

    Implement JavaScript to add interactive experiences to a website.

  • 7

    JavaScript Syntax, Part III

    Level up your JavaScript by learning how to implement classes, modules, and error handling.

  • Professional certification available with Pro

    Pass all exams to prove your expertise and earn a professional certification.

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Earn a professional certification

Prove your expertise to yourself — and prospective employers by passing all certification exams in this career path. Easily share your certifications with your network — and prospective employers.
  • Demonstrate your expertiseProvide evidence of competency and mastery of your chosen subject to employers.
  • Take industry standard assessmentsYour skills are assessed through a rigorous exam process based on industry standard core competencies.
  • Skip ahead to the examDon't waste time learning what you already know — go straight to taking a certification exam.

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    Apply what you're learning to create recruiter-ready projects for your portfolio.
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  1. Learn the skills

    This expertly curated career path gives you all the knowledge and experience you need to start this career.
  2. Prep for interviews

    Assess if you're ready to apply for jobs, then build your confidence with code challenges and practice questions.
  3. Get hired

    Showcase your skills with a Codecademy professional certification and connect with employers directly.

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