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A career in PHP Development (backend web development) is broad and can be based in-house; working directly for a business or within an agency environment.

Why consider a career as a PHP Developer?
If you’re an aspiring web developer, PHP is a forward-thinking programming language that is used across a wide range of applications. Upon growing your knowledge and career development as a PHP Programmer, you will have the chance to grow as a senior industry professional. There is a large range of industries that utilise PHP development such as; web design and marketing agencies, corporate businesses, app dev agencies and more.

What a  PHP Developer career or job may entail...
You'll develop in order to create or maintain website features, intranets and/or systems, applications and/ or software (including SAAS) using Javascript, PHP, Laravel/Symfony3/CodeIgnitor etc, MySQL, LAMP admin, GIT, Javascript/JQuery and you would usually require solid HTML and CSS knowledge. 

Typically, you’ll be asked to work alongside Designers, UXers, Project Managers and 3rd party suppliers to develop high quality, intuitive applications. You will constantly evolve your skills, partaking in courses, experimenting with new tech and passing on your knowledge of ever-changing tech trends.

You may work directly with clients or with internal teams to provide estimates, updates and tech consultancy. LAMP server management, support and testing can also play a part alongside new development projects where you’ll be able to help evaluate new technologies, suggesting process/system improvements where possible. 

You may take part in code reviews, optimise and upgrade existing systems as well as creating new products from scratch - always ensuring they are the best they can be. As a PHP Developer, you’d really get the chance to sink your teeth in and make a huge impact on exciting products throughout the whole development cycle.
  
Typical role titles include
Backend PHP Developer
PHP Developer
Senior Developer
Full-Stack Developer
Junior Web Developer
Web Application Developer

Career progression example
Senior PHP Developer
Head of Development
Senior Back-End Developer

Salary Benchmarks
At an entry level, junior/graduate PHP professionals on average will be earning between £20k-£30K. At mid-level you’d be looking to earn £30k-£45K and seniors would be looking to earn £45k+.

Is it right for me? The skills it takes...

Usually, a number of technologies required within the role include:

PHP | MySQL | MVC (Symfony, Laravel, Zend, CodeIgniter, Yii etc) | PHPUnit | CMS (Drupal, WordPress, Craft, Magento etc) | LAMP | Linux | Apache | GIT | HTML | CSS | JavaScript | AJAX | 3rd party API integration.

There are a huge range of courses online to improve skills in these areas such as; Lynda, Udemy and CodeAcademy as well as on the likes of Github and StackOverflow.

What qualifications does it take?
A BSc/MSc degree in IT, computer science or computer engineering is often desirable but by no means essential.

 

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