New Three Career Paths for Web Development - What should I do now?


I read Codecademy will remove Web Development from the Catalog, instead there will be three new career paths: Full-Stack Engineer, Front-End Engineer, and Back-End Engineer.

I’ve already completed 50% of Web Development career path. What should I do now? Finish the whole career or move to some of these new careers. Or what should I take into account to decide what to do?

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One would imagine that, since the existing Web Dev path is a blend of front- and back-end tech, that the “Full Stack Engineer” path would probably be a similar experience.

Front-End would likely focus on HTML, CSS, and libraries like React, where Back-End would deal with Express and Node…

I haven’t seen the new paths, mind, but this is what I would personally expect the content to resemble after the change. :slight_smile:


If you are at 50% in the Web dev path, you must be around chapter 8 (Learn command line) or chapter 9 (learn git) right? If you finish chapter 10 (React) then you will have covered all of the front-end tech in the current Web Dev Path.

In that sense, it would make more sense for you to go for the Back-End Engineer path to cover the other half of the stack and be full-stack


I see. So, what I need to do is wait till Codecademy release the new paths. Then I would be able to compare them and decide.

And yeah that’s true, I’m in Learn command line. I didn’t know that chapter 10 is the last front-end’s chapter. Knowing that, it will be really helpful when comparing the future Front-End Engineer, and Back-End Engineer paths.


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Hi There,

The launch for the new skill path happens on the 20th.

You have about 5 days to do whatever you want to do. I suggest you keep going until you finish all of react including the jamming project.

All of the progress you made in the web dev career path will be allocated to the new career paths depending on what you’ve finished.

So lets say you do want to focus on the Front End Career path only. Instead of you being at 50%, you may end up being at 40% due to new content being added/updated.

If you aren’t ready to learn react, I would suggest you go back and focus on learning more JS fundamentals like array methods, etc.


Sounds like we have to go full send and just click that “reset progress” button :fire: :fire:
Time to crush those new Paths!


AHAHA! Yes. I’m truly excited!

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Changes to the Web Development Career Path

Good news! We’re updating our Web Development offerings with the creation of three new Career Paths.


The world of web development is constantly changing and it can often feel daunting to understand what one should learn. The good news is that Codecademy is updating our offerings to match best practices and industry-favorite technologies!

We will be adding three brand new Paths to our catalog: Full-Stack Engineer, Front-End Engineer, and Back-End Engineer. These new Paths will replace the existing Web Development Career Path and usher in a new approach to learning in the Web Development domain.

These paths are full of brand new projects, articles, and curated resources — including books and documentation — to introduce and scaffold important concepts in web development. We’re releasing a brand-new content type: the Portfolio Project, which can help you move off the Codecademy platform and develop a portfolio that will make you stand out to prospective employers. Additionally, we’ve added new interview preparation material to make sure you’re ready for when you start applying to jobs. Finally, we’ve integrated contextual items to clarify what you’re covering in each unit and how it relates to your overall Career Path journey.

How does this impact you?

If you’ve already started or completed the Web Development Path, you will still be able to access the path from the ‘My Courses’ tab on the dashboard. However, it will no longer be accessible from the Catalog. You won’t lose progress on the coursework that you’ve completed and will be able to continue and finish the Path.

If you’re interested in enrolling in one of our new Paths, you’ll find that any progress you had in the Web Development Path will be carried over — no need to start from scratch! However, you may notice that your overall progress percentage has decreased, as there is more content included in the new Paths.


The Full-Stack Engineer and Front-End Engineer Paths will be added to the catalog on Tuesday, October 20, 2020. Around this time the Web Development Path will be taken off the catalog, but will continue to be available to learners who have already started it.

The Back-End Engineer Path will be added to the catalog on Friday, October 23, 2020.

Take a look below to get an overview of the updates.

New Content in the Career Paths

New content covering:

  • Semantic HTML and Semantic CSS
  • Deploying websites with GitHub Pages
  • CSS animations
  • CSS Flexbox
  • React Hooks
  • Redux
  • Deploying web apps to Netlify
  • PostgreSQL databases
  • Relational database design
  • Database optimization, performance, and monitoring
  • Connecting a front-end to back-end
  • Sequelize ORM
  • Overview of operating systems
  • Design and development principles
  • Software architecture
  • Web security practices
  • OAuth
  • Cookies and JWTs
  • Enterprise software development
  • Agile Methodologies
  • Caching & CDNs
  • CI/CD
  • Containerization
  • Deploying full-stack applications with Heroku
  • Advanced test-driven development with Selenium
  • Data structures and algorithms (JavaScript implementations)
  • Interview Skills

Open-ended Portfolio Projects:

  • Mixed Messages (JavaScript, Node.js)
  • Personal Portfolio Website (HTML, CSS, JavaScript)
  • Reddit Clone (React, Redux)
  • E-Commerce Site (Node.js, Express.js, React, PostgreSQL)
  • Personal Budgeting App (Node.js, Express.js, PostgreSQL)

Curated resources throughout:

  • Books
  • Documentation
  • Videos
  • Tutorials
  • Articles


We’re adding three new Career Paths in the Web Development Domain and removing the old Web Development Career Path. The new Paths now include new content, cover additional important topics, and make sure to reinforce all of that learning with engaging cumulative projects.


Is there a time limit to decide to switch to one of the new career paths or to stay with the current Web Development career path?

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At the moment there is no time limit. You can continue to access the old Web Dev Path through “My Courses”


There is no limit. You can take any course in any time as your wish but for pro you have spend money monthly or annually. Thanks.

Thank you very much Omy.lara. Can we practice together and how?

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