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Working As A Content Developer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Processing Information
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $101,168

    Average Salary

What Does A Content Developer Do

Web developers design and create websites. They are responsible for the look of the site. They are also responsible for the site’s technical aspects, such as its performance and capacity, which are measures of a website’s speed and how much traffic the site can handle. In addition, web developers may create content for the site.

Duties

Web developers typically do the following:

  • Meet with clients or management to discuss the needs and design of a website
  • Create and test applications for a website
  • Write code for websites, using programming languages such as HTML or XML
  • Work with other team members to determine what information the site will contain
  • Work with graphics and other designers to determine the website’s layout
  • Integrate graphics, audio, and video into the website
  • Monitor website traffic

When creating a website, developers have to make their client’s vision a reality. They build particular types of websites, such as ecommerce, news, or gaming sites, to fit clients’ needs. Different types of websites may require different applications to work right. For example, a gaming site should be able to handle advanced graphics, whereas an ecommerce site needs a payment-processing application. The developer decides which applications and designs will best fit the site.

Some developers handle all aspects of a website’s construction, and others specialize in a certain aspect of it. The following are examples of types of specialized web developers:

Back-end web developers are responsible for the overall technical construction of the website. They create the basic framework of the site and ensure that it works as expected. Back-end web developers also establish procedures for allowing others to add new pages to the website and meet with management to discuss major changes to the site.

Front-end web developers are responsible for how a website looks. They create the site’s layout and integrate graphics, applications (such as a retail checkout tool), and other content. They also write web-design programs in a variety of computer languages, such as HTML or JavaScript.

Webmasters maintain websites and keep them updated. They ensure that websites operate correctly, and they test for errors such as broken links. Many webmasters respond to user comments as well.

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How To Become A Content Developer

The typical education needed to become a web developer is an associate’s degree in web design or a related field. Web developers need knowledge of both programming and graphic design.

Education

Educational requirements for web developers vary with the setting they work in and the type of work they do. Requirements range from a high school diploma to a bachelor’s degree. An associate’s degree in web design or related field is the most common requirement.

However, for more technical developer positions, such as back-end web developers, some employers prefer workers who have at least a bachelor’s degree in computer science, programming, or a related field.

Web developers need to have a thorough understanding of HTML programming. The most recent version, HTML5, contains new features that web developers need to understand. Many employers also want developers to understand other programming languages, such as JavaScript or SQL, as well as have some knowledge of multimedia publishing tools, such as Flash. Throughout their career, web developers must keep up to date on new tools and computer languages.

Some employers prefer web developers who have both a computer degree and coursework in graphic design, especially if the developer will be heavily involved in the website’s visual appearance.

Advancement

Web developers who have a bachelor’s degree can advance to become project managers. For more information, see the profile on computer and information systems managers.

Important Qualities

Concentration. Web developers must sit at a computer and write detailed code for long periods.

Creativity. Web developers often are involved in designing the appearance of a website and must make sure that it looks innovative and up to date.

Customer-service skills. Webmasters have to respond politely and correctly to user questions and requests.

Detail oriented. When web developers write in HTML, a minor error could cause an entire webpage to stop working.

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Content Developer Career Paths

Content Developer
Business Analyst Senior Manager Marketing Director
Chief Marketing Officer
10 Yearsyrs
Curriculum Developer Adjunct Instructor Writer And Editor
Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Editor, Freelance Adjunct Instructor Creative Director
Digital Director
10 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Product Manager Marketing Manager
Digital Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Technical Editor Writer And Editor Search Engine Optimizer
Digital Marketing Strategist
6 Yearsyrs
Producer Digital Producer
Digital Project Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Instructional Designer Senior Project Manager Marketing Director
Director Of Communications And Marketing
9 Yearsyrs
Content Manager Marketing Manager Marketing Director
Director Of Digital Marketing
10 Yearsyrs
Technical Editor Content Manager Search Engine Optimizer
Director Of Ecommerce
10 Yearsyrs
Co-Founder Marketing Specialist Search Engine Optimizer
E-Commerce Product Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Content Strategist Content Manager Search Engine Optimizer
Ecommerce Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Curriculum Developer Project Manager Product Manager
Marketing Communications Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Instructional Designer Adjunct Faculty Chairperson
Marketing Director
7 Yearsyrs
Instructional Designer Program Manager
Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Content Manager Program Manager Marketing Consultant
Marketing Strategist
6 Yearsyrs
Producer Marketing Manager Search Engine Optimizer
Online Marketing Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Senior Instructional Designer Training Manager Product Manager
Product Management Director
12 Yearsyrs
Web Developer Senior Software Engineer Senior Project Manager
Senior Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Web Developer Systems Administrator Director Of Information
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Technical Writer 3.2 years
Course Developer 2.9 years
Media Developer 2.7 years
Content Director 2.3 years
Developer 2.2 years
Web Producer 2.1 years
Content Producer 2.1 years
Content Manager 2.0 years
Content Editor 2.0 years
Content Specialist 2.0 years
Content Developer 2.0 years
Content Strategist 1.8 years
Web Content Writer 1.6 years
Content Creator 1.4 years
Content Writer 1.3 years
Top Employers Before
Internship 9.5%
Editor 9.4%
Teacher 6.1%
Instructor 5.4%
Consultant 4.4%
Writer 3.5%
Manager 2.5%
Top Employers After
Consultant 8.1%
Editor 5.3%
Internship 5.0%
Instructor 3.4%
Manager 3.0%
Owner 2.3%

Content Developer Demographics

Gender

Female

49.0%

Male

48.6%

Unknown

2.4%
Ethnicity

White

78.3%

Asian

10.8%

Hispanic or Latino

7.6%

Unknown

2.4%

Black or African American

0.9%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

33.0%

French

15.1%

German

7.3%

Russian

6.1%

Mandarin

5.6%

Chinese

5.6%

Japanese

3.9%

Korean

3.4%

Arabic

3.4%

Hindi

2.2%

Portuguese

2.2%

Urdu

2.2%

Swedish

1.7%

Italian

1.7%

Ukrainian

1.1%

Turkish

1.1%

Thai

1.1%

Kurdish

1.1%

Greek

1.1%

Tagalog

1.1%
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Content Developer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

9.6%

New York University

7.5%

University of Washington

6.3%

DePaul University

6.3%

University of California - Los Angeles

5.8%

University of Texas at Austin

5.8%

Syracuse University

5.4%

University of North Texas

5.0%

Northwestern University

5.0%

Kansas State University

4.6%

University of California - Berkeley

4.2%

San Jose State University

4.2%

University of California - Santa Cruz

4.2%

Indiana University Bloomington

4.2%

Michigan State University

3.8%

Pennsylvania State University

3.8%

Capella University

3.8%

Northeastern University

3.8%

University of Arizona

3.8%

Arizona State University

3.3%
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Majors

English

15.5%

Business

11.9%

Communication

11.8%

Journalism

7.9%

Writing

4.8%

Marketing

4.4%

Psychology

4.0%

Education

3.9%

Public Relations

3.8%

Photography

3.4%

Graphic Design

3.4%

Fine Arts

3.3%

History

3.3%

Computer Science

3.2%

Mathematics

2.9%

Political Science

2.6%

Computer Information Systems

2.6%

Management

2.4%

Educational Technology

2.3%

General Education, Specific Areas

2.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

43.2%

Masters

31.6%

Other

12.3%

Doctorate

5.0%

Certificate

4.4%

Associate

3.0%

Diploma

0.4%

License

0.1%
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Real Content Developer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Content Developer Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA May 01, 2015 $175,814
Senior Content Developer-Server & Tools-BG or Other Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Oct 10, 2014 $169,814 -
$189,814
Senior Content Developer Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Apr 19, 2016 $147,900
Senior Content Developer Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Jan 06, 2016 $146,863
Senior Content Developer Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Sep 13, 2014 $145,000
Senior Content Developer Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Jun 04, 2015 $145,000
Senior Content Developer Microsoft Corporation Bellevue, WA Jan 07, 2016 $144,143
Senior Content Developer Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Aug 30, 2016 $137,279 -
$157,279
Senior Content Developer Microsoft Corporation Bellevue, WA Jun 06, 2016 $137,279
Content Developer Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Jul 23, 2016 $129,106
Senior Content Developer Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Dec 01, 2016 $125,000
Enterprise Content Management Developer Jpmorgan Chase & Co. New York, NY Dec 30, 2013 $121,000
Developer, Content Management Systems MacYs.Com, Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 22, 2015 $117,603 -
$120,000
Lead Content Developer Discoverture Solutions, LLC White Plains, NY Aug 04, 2014 $115,000
Discoverture Content Developer Discoverture Solutions, LLC Scottsdale, AZ Mar 11, 2014 $90,000
Manuscript Content Developer Discoverture Solutions, LLC Scottsdale, AZ Sep 03, 2013 $90,000
Manuscript Content Developer Discoverture Solutions, LLC Scottsdale, AZ Jan 01, 2014 $90,000
Manuscript Content Developer Discoverture Solutions, LLC Berkeley Heights, NJ Jun 11, 2015 $90,000
Manuscript Content Developer Discoverture Solutions, LLC Scottsdale, AZ Jun 19, 2015 $90,000
Manuscript Content Developer Discoverture Solutions, LLC Jersey City, NJ Aug 17, 2015 $90,000
Manuscript Content Developer Discoverture Solutions, LLC Jersey City, NJ Aug 19, 2015 $90,000
Training Content Developer Google Inc. Palo Alto, CA Aug 22, 2016 $76,000
Content Developer The Mathworks, Inc. Natick, MA Jan 10, 2016 $76,000
Manuscript Content Developer Discoverture Solutions, LLC Scottsdale, AZ Feb 02, 2015 $75,000
Manuscript Content Developer Discoverture Solutions, LLC Berkeley Heights, NJ Jul 09, 2015 $75,000
Enterprise Content Management Developer MRC Information Technology Inc. Omaha, NE Jan 09, 2016 $75,000
Manuscript Content Developer Discoverture Solutions, LLC Jersey City, NJ Mar 01, 2014 $75,000
Content Developer Discoverture Solutions, LLC Peoria, IL May 14, 2014 $75,000
Enterprise Content Management Developer MRC Information Technology Inc. Plano, TX Jun 01, 2015 $74,978

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Top Skills for A Content Developer

WebContentOnlineContentVideoContentDevelopmentSubjectMatterExpertsHtmlPowerpointContentManagementSystemSmesAdobePhotoshopTrainingMaterialsFacebookTwitterProjectManagementLearningManagementSystemXMLInternetMathematicsSharepointUserInterface

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Top Content Developer Skills

  1. Web Content
  2. Online Content
  3. Video
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Support of the Digital Development department to produce compelling web content for international platforms.
  • Team awarded a 2009 and 2010 Telly Award for excellence in online content development.
  • Initiated and managed all content created from raw video to finished product as well as supervised posting to digital outlets.
  • Head of Content Development / Producer / Director / Motion Graphics Developed specialized video podcast for sponsor-related content.
  • Work closely with subject matter experts, participate in launch meetings, update existing documents.

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