Some background info:
I am a junior .Net MVC developer who is great at nothing but good at everything. All my development experience up to this point has been full stack which is great because I never get stuck doing the same thing over and over.
However, the project I have been working on for the last year functions more like a traditional website where the backend is overshadowed by the frontend. There is only one other dev on the team so I have been lucky enough to take on huge tasks single handily such as converting the entire fixed width site to a fully responsive design and renovating huge sections of the site to enhance the user experience and to entice users to visit deeper parts of the site.
I have grown very fond of the front end work. I very much enjoy the UI/UX aspects of development and I am very well aware of the differences between UI and UX. I jump at every opportunity to expand our UI/UX.
The thing is, I am starting to reach a point where I really want to specialize in something and I wish to receive advice on how to transition to a UI/UX developer but most importantly, do these people exist? Or at least, do they make up a significant population?
Is there any advice you can give me or even just you opinion on the paradigm of the UI/UX designer/developer?