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Working As A Content Specialist

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

  • Repetitive

  • $74,112

    Average Salary

What Does A Content Specialist 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 Specialist

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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Average Length of Employment
Web Specialist 2.5 years
Content Director 2.3 years
Content Manager 2.0 years
Content Editor 2.0 years
Content Developer 2.0 years
Content Specialist 2.0 years
Web Content Editor 1.9 years
Content Strategist 1.8 years
Web Content Writer 1.6 years
Content Creator 1.4 years
Top Employers Before
Internship 17.8%
Teacher 8.5%
Editor 6.5%
Consultant 3.1%
Writer 3.1%
Top Employers After
Consultant 8.0%
Editor 8.0%
Teacher 7.1%
Writer 4.5%
Specialist 4.2%
Instructor 3.9%
Analyst 3.9%
Owner 3.5%
Volunteer 3.5%

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Content Specialist Demographics

Gender

Female

56.3%

Male

41.1%

Unknown

2.6%
Ethnicity

White

61.6%

Hispanic or Latino

13.6%

Black or African American

11.0%

Asian

9.7%

Unknown

4.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

33.9%

French

16.1%

Chinese

6.3%

German

6.3%

Mandarin

5.4%

Japanese

5.4%

Portuguese

4.5%

Arabic

4.5%

Korean

2.7%

Russian

2.7%

Hindi

1.8%

Cantonese

1.8%

Hebrew

1.8%

Polish

1.8%

Swedish

0.9%

Gujarati

0.9%

Dutch

0.9%

Bulgarian

0.9%

Ukrainian

0.9%

Tamil

0.9%
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Content Specialist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

8.9%

New York University

7.8%

Michigan State University

7.8%

Virginia Commonwealth University

5.7%

University of Louisville

5.7%

Brigham Young University

5.2%

University of Washington

5.2%

University of Houston

5.2%

University of Texas at Austin

4.7%

University of Missouri - Columbia

4.7%

University of Cincinnati

4.2%

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

4.2%

Georgia State University

4.2%

Northeastern University

4.2%

University of New Mexico

4.2%

Auburn University

3.6%

Temple University

3.6%

Texas State University

3.6%

University of Maryland - College Park

3.6%

San Jose State University

3.6%
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Majors

Communication

16.4%

Business

12.6%

English

12.0%

Journalism

10.0%

Marketing

5.1%

Public Relations

4.7%

Writing

4.0%

Education

3.9%

Graphic Design

3.5%

Photography

3.3%

Management

3.0%

Fine Arts

2.9%

Psychology

2.9%

Educational Leadership

2.8%

History

2.7%

Computer Science

2.5%

Political Science

2.3%

General Education, Specific Areas

1.8%

Digital Media

1.7%

Nursing

1.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

51.7%

Masters

23.1%

Other

13.4%

Associate

5.3%

Certificate

3.1%

Doctorate

2.5%

Diploma

0.8%

License

0.1%
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Real Content Specialist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Clinical Content Specialist Revhealth LLC Morristown, NJ Feb 03, 2016 $159,557
Opentext Content Server Specialist Wisteria Information Technologies, LLC Rockville, MD Dec 15, 2016 $134,200
Design and Content Specialist Adi Worldlink, LLC Mountain View, CA Aug 24, 2016 $127,000 -
$132,000
Senior Content Management Specialist Armedia LLC Atlanta, GA Aug 03, 2015 $111,384
Senior Content Management Specialist Armedia, LLC Atlanta, GA Jul 24, 2015 $104,437 -
$115,000
Content Management Specialist/Developer Staples, Inc. Framingham, MA May 09, 2014 $100,000
Content Specialist DF Institute La Crosse, WI Sep 30, 2016 $96,479
Senior Clinical Content Specialist Scioinspire Corporation West Hartford, CT Jul 03, 2015 $95,000
Clinical Content Specialist Revhealth LLC Morristown, NJ Mar 09, 2016 $95,000
Senior Clinical Content Specialist Scioinspire Corporation West Hartford, CT Mar 07, 2015 $95,000
Content Specialist Bloomberg, LP New York, NY Aug 08, 2016 $92,500
Senior Content Management Specialist Armedia LLC Atlanta, GA May 16, 2012 $91,437 -
$105,000
SR. Online Content Specialist Symantec Corporation Mountain View, CA Dec 10, 2012 $90,000
CFA Content Specialist DF Institute, LLC D/B/A Kaplan Professional Educat La Crosse, WI Sep 30, 2013 $88,292
Senior Content Specialist Avg Technologies USA, Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 12, 2014 $75,000 -
$85,000
Visual Solutions Technical Content Specialist Muzak LLC San Diego, CA Oct 01, 2012 $71,500
Control Systems Content Specialist The Mathworks, Inc. Natick, MA Sep 15, 2012 $71,349
Technical Content Specialist Wolfram Research, Inc. Champaign, IL Jan 06, 2016 $69,600
Technical Content Specialist Wolfram Research, Inc. Champaign, IL Jun 01, 2015 $69,600
Content Management Specialist IBM India Private Limited Chicago, IL Aug 26, 2013 $69,098 -
$70,494
Content Management Specialist Sage It, Inc. Bothell, WA Jun 22, 2015 $62,504
Content Management Specialist Hindsight Software Solutions, Inc. Hershey, PA Sep 20, 2016 $60,403
Senior Content Specialist Mmodal Services Ltd Pittsburgh, PA Aug 15, 2016 $60,317 -
$70,317
Content Management Specialist Hindsight Software Solutions, Inc. Charlotte, NC Sep 20, 2016 $60,000
VR Content Specialist Youvisit LLC New York, NY Aug 29, 2016 $60,000
Content Specialist Blue Fountain Media, Inc. New York, NY Jun 08, 2015 $60,000
Content Creation Specialist Cummins Inc. Columbus, IN Nov 04, 2014 $59,620 -
$80,600

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Top Skills for A Content Specialist

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  1. Web
  2. Online Content
  3. Video
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  • Utilize web-based content management applications to retrieve and review assets as well as update critical metadata.
  • Research available and relevant daily/national online content and publish on websites.
  • Curated content for advertisements and developed video clips for demos and tutorials.
  • Developed and distributed promotional and informative materials including fliers, print and email content.
  • Researched pronunciation of ancient Egyptian names documented in a Content Management system using ViaVoice Text-to-Speech system improving quality and understanding.

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Top 10 Best States for Content Specialists

  1. District of Columbia
  2. Virginia
  3. Minnesota
  4. Massachusetts
  5. Georgia
  6. Washington
  7. North Carolina
  8. Delaware
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