Creative, customer-service savvy and detail oriented types who have the ability to actively concentrate for long periods might be well suited to become web developers.

What Does a Web Developer Do?

Basically, it is the job of a web developer to create websites they’ve designed. The overall look and feel of a website is the responsibility of a web developer. Technical elements of a site (like capacity, performance, etc.) fall to the web developer in most cases, and in some cases, content does, too. Day-to-day tasks include:

• Discussing site needs with clients to plan end-user goals, look of site, etc.
• Writing code
• Working with graphic designers and other team members to create a layout
• Incorporating graphics, audio, video or animation
• Monitoring site traffic and reporting to the client

It is the goal of every web developer to turn their client’s dream or vision into a functioning website. Since different types of websites require certain applications to function, it’s up to the web developer to ask the client the correct questions to ensure the end result is on target. Determining whether the end goal is to use the site for e-commerce, a blog or gaming (or a combination of those) is an important first step.

Work Environment

Web developers typically work full time for computer systems design companies. Other industries that commonly employ web developers are data processing, hosting and other information services; financial and insurance companies; education services (state, local and private); religious organizations, grant-making foundations and civic and professional organizations. About 25 percent of web developers are self-employed.

Salary Expectations

The salary ranges for web developers will vary based on location, experience, the company for which they work and other factors. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that in May 2012, the median annual wage for web developers was $62,500. This career is expected to grow 20 percent by the year 2022, which is faster than average for all occupations. This above-average growth is attributed to the expansion of ecommerce, or online buying and selling. As brick-and-mortar retail stores expand their presence to the Internet, and since most are interested in developing mobile apps for smart phones, the need for web developers will increase.

Web developers who learn multiple programming languages and have knowledge of digital multimedia tools (Flash, Photoshop, InDesign) will have an advantage on competition for jobs in this field.

Education and Other Qualifications

Most companies request web developers have an associate degree in web design a related field, but those interested in this occupation should also consider The Software Guild’s boot camp program. Program enrollees will receive staff expertise and personalized attention they may not get in traditional classrooms.

This boot camp is intended to help students master the techniques they’ll need to create websites from the ground up, for companies in a number of industries – health care, finance, retail, manufacturing, e-commerce, insurance, etc. – in a collaborative, hands-on way. This industry-specific knowledge of various audiences will make graduates of the program more attractive in the eyes of employers, and it will increase their job prospects upon graduation.