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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

    4 months
  • Professional certification

  • Prerequisites


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 • 109 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.

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Don't just watch or read about someone else coding — write your own code live in our online, interactive platform. You'll even get AI-driven recommendations on what you need to review to help keep you on track.
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  • Assessments
    Test specific skills needed for top tech careers.
  • Professional certifications
    Prove your expertise to yourself and prospective employers.
  • Technical interview prep
    Practice for the interview with common questions and real coding challenges.
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    Explore career options and connect with employers that are hiring for in-demand jobs.
How it works

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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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