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Working As A Freelance Web Developer

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

  • Repetitive

  • $81,562

    Average Salary

What Does A Freelance Web 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 Freelance Web 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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Freelance Web Developer Career Paths

Freelance Web Developer
Lead Developer Lead Designer Creative Director
Chief Creative Officer
9 Yearsyrs
Instructor Writer And Editor Content Manager
Digital Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Co-Founder Director Of Product Development Creative Director
Digital Director
10 Yearsyrs
Chief Technology Officer Founder And Chief Executive Officer Digital Marketing Consultant
Digital Marketing Strategist
6 Yearsyrs
Writer And Editor Media Specialist Media Supervisor
Digital Media Director
8 Yearsyrs
Writer And Editor Marketing Specialist Marketing Manager/Project Manager
Digital Project Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Product Manager Marketing Director
Director Of Digital Marketing
10 Yearsyrs
Web Content Manager Marketing Manager Online Marketing Manager
Director Of Ecommerce
10 Yearsyrs
Front End Developer Interactive Developer Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Web Application Developer Interactive Developer User Experience Designer
Director Of User Experience
10 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Professor Sales Consultant Internet Sales Manager
E-Commerce Director
8 Yearsyrs
Web Content Manager Web Manager
E-Commerce Product Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Web Developer Web Manager E-Commerce Product Manager
E-Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Co-Founder Executive Producer Creative Director
Interactive Director
7 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Program Manager Marketing Manager
Online Marketing Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Front End Developer User Experience Designer User Experience Architect
User Experience Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Lead Developer Design, Development Web Design/Development
Web Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Web Site Developer 2.7 years
Lead Web Developer 2.4 years
Web Designer 2.2 years
PHP Developer 2.1 years
Web Developer 2.0 years
Flash Developer 2.0 years
PHP Web Developer 1.6 years
Top Employers Before
Internship 7.1%
Developer 4.5%
Webmaster 3.1%
Programmer 2.5%
Consultant 2.5%
Top Employers After
Developer 8.5%
Consultant 2.1%
Webmaster 2.0%
Internship 1.9%

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Freelance Web Developer Demographics

Gender

Male

74.1%

Female

23.6%

Unknown

2.3%
Ethnicity

White

58.2%

Hispanic or Latino

15.5%

Asian

11.7%

Black or African American

9.8%

Unknown

4.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

44.3%

French

14.8%

Portuguese

6.6%

Chinese

4.9%

German

4.9%

Russian

3.3%

Italian

3.3%

Mandarin

2.5%

Turkish

2.5%

Japanese

2.5%

Arabic

2.5%

Korean

1.6%

Vietnamese

0.8%

Hindi

0.8%

Dutch

0.8%

Shan

0.8%

Ukrainian

0.8%

Wolof

0.8%

Cantonese

0.8%

Tagalog

0.8%
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Freelance Web Developer Education

Schools

Full Sail University

8.1%

University of Phoenix

8.1%

University of Georgia

6.1%

New York University

5.6%

University of Texas at Austin

5.6%

Boston University

5.6%

University of California - Los Angeles

5.1%

Pennsylvania State University

5.1%

Fashion Institute of Technology

5.1%

Syracuse University

4.5%

Columbia College Chicago

4.5%

Rochester Institute of Technology

4.5%

University of Connecticut

4.5%

University of Central Florida

4.5%

Western Washington University

4.5%

University of Maryland - College Park

4.0%

University of Colorado at Boulder

4.0%

Michigan State University

3.5%

Arizona State University

3.5%

Temple University

3.5%
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Majors

Computer Science

28.5%

Computer Information Systems

10.3%

Graphic Design

9.2%

Information Technology

7.8%

Business

7.0%

Computer Applications

5.8%

Computer Engineering

5.1%

Communication

3.9%

Fine Arts

3.0%

English

2.8%

Information Systems

2.2%

Photography

1.9%

Political Science

1.8%

Marketing

1.8%

Mathematics

1.7%

Computer Programming

1.6%

Electrical Engineering

1.6%

Music

1.4%

Design And Visual Communication

1.3%

Management Information Systems

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

50.3%

Other

19.0%

Masters

15.4%

Associate

9.5%

Certificate

3.7%

Doctorate

1.1%

Diploma

1.0%

License

0.1%
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Top Skills for A Freelance Web Developer

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  1. Web Design
  2. Web
  3. Html
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  • Utilize accessibility, progressive enhancement and responsive web design techniques.
  • Developed websites for companies and humanitarian groups using WordPress - www.skin-works.com - www.eagle-condor.org
  • Experienced web developer and designer in using HTML/CSS to create web sites that meet clients' expectation and requirements.
  • Developed a custom web calendar of events using PHP, MySQL, HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.
  • Designed and developed a system for synchronizing and updating data and assets across display units using PHP, XSL and MySQL.

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