Web Developer

Build the programming behind websites.

Quick Stats

Salary Range
$43,000 – $120,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Web Developers do?

Web development is, in truth, digital creation. Web Developers turn blank space on the world wide web into websites that are visually entertaining, easily searchable for information, and optimized for maximum visibility. This means that a Web Developer makes sites fun and easy to use, so that a target audience (be it tech geniuses or someone’s grandmother) can click around without getting frustrated or confused.

As a Web Developer, know-how and problem solving is everything. A good Web Developer is techie to their core. Knowledge of html programming, database management, writing scripts, software design and visual design elements is key.

You use all this knowledge to map out and plan what a website or web application will be. You’ll consider things like navigational features, the ways you want to store your information, how you want to structure your database and so forth. You’ll then prototype your designs, and start creating your castle in the cloud.

But the triumph of the unveiling a brand new site or feature is not the result of one grand scheme. Most of your work (and accomplishments) come from the improvements you make to that outline, the result of day in and day out correcting bugs, redesigns of layout, scrapping old ideas and methods and brainstorming new ones.

What rocks about this career is that it works for the entrepreneurial spirit as well as those who prefer the peace of mind that comes with a salary. Larger companies tend to have a web development team, where smaller companies enjoy dealing with kindred spirit solo Developers.

Should I be a Web Developer?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Analyst Programmer, Applications Programmer, Business Programmer, Certified Web Developer, CICS Programmer See More

    How to become a Web Developer

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