Web developers design, build and maintain websites and website applications.
1. Entry requirements
You’ll usually need a foundation degree, HND or degree in an IT-related subject. Relevant subjects include:
- business information systems
- computer programming
- digital media development
- multimedia design
- web content management
- web development or web design
You may be able to start in a junior position with other IT qualifications if you can show excellent skills in web development technologies.
You’ll need to be familiar with at least one of the following areas:
- common operating systems and servers
- databases and web programming
- graphics and web design
- networking and security
Once you start working, you’ll usually receive on-the-job training, especially if you’ve joined a company through a graduate training scheme.
2. Skills required
- excellent web and database programming skills
- a good appreciation of design, usability and interactivity
- creative skills to turn clients' ideas into workable plans
- excellent problem-solving skills
3. What you'll do
You could work for a variety of businesses and public sector organisations.
Projects you might work on could include:
- creating a secure online shopping website
- developing a virtual learning environment (VLE) for a college
- setting up a company intranet for staff
Your day-to-day duties might include:
- working with the client, using test sites to see which ideas best suit their needs
- building the framework – or 'architecture' – of the site
- making sure the new site can be smoothly integrated into the client's existing network
- working on the site's appearance
- dealing with user access and security
- testing the site under construction to find and fix any problems
Starter: £20,000 to £24,000
Experienced: £25,000 to £35,000
Highly Experienced: £50,000 or more (lead web developer)
These figures are a guide.
5. Working hours, patterns and environmentYou’ll usually work 37 to 40 hours a week, Monday to Friday. Some evening or weekend work may be needed to meet deadlines. If self-employed, you’ll work the hours needed to complete the job.
You’ll be mainly office-based. If you work for a company you’ll normally be at one site, but if you are self-employed, you might work from home or on the client's premises.
6. Career path and progressionWith experience, you could specialise in a particular area, like e-commerce, or move up to a more senior role like lead programmer or project leader.
You could also move into other IT fields, like systems analysis or IT project management.
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Last updated: 14 December 2016