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Working As A Lead Web Designer

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

  • Repetitive

  • $73,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Lead Web Designer 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 Lead Web Designer

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 Site Manager 3.2 years
Web Manager 2.6 years
Web Site Developer 2.6 years
Lead Web Developer 2.4 years
Web Specialist 2.3 years
Web Designer 2.1 years
Web Developer 2.0 years
Lead Web Designer 2.0 years
Top Careers Before Lead Web Designer
Web Designer 18.1%
Internship 3.5%
Designer 2.3%
Developer 2.3%
Top Careers After Lead Web Designer
Web Designer 11.9%

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Lead Web Designer Demographics

Gender

Male

63.7%

Female

25.5%

Unknown

10.8%
Ethnicity

White

55.5%

Hispanic or Latino

16.3%

Asian

13.8%

Black or African American

10.0%

Unknown

4.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

25.0%

Chinese

16.7%

German

12.5%

Vietnamese

8.3%

Japanese

8.3%

French

8.3%

Mandarin

8.3%

Cantonese

4.2%

Tatar

4.2%

Italian

4.2%
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Lead Web Designer Education

Schools

Academy of Art University

7.8%

Art Institute of Pittsburgh

7.8%

University of Phoenix

6.5%

Savannah College of Art and Design

5.2%

San Jose State University

5.2%

Full Sail University

5.2%

Drexel University

5.2%

Rochester Institute of Technology

5.2%

University of Texas at Austin

5.2%

University of Oregon

5.2%

Columbia College Chicago

5.2%

Wayne State University

5.2%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.9%

Virginia Commonwealth University

3.9%

California State University - Fullerton

3.9%

American InterContinental University

3.9%

Radford University

3.9%

DePaul University

3.9%

Texas A&M University

3.9%

Central Connecticut State University

3.9%
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Majors

Graphic Design

24.3%

Computer Science

10.5%

Computer Applications

9.9%

Business

6.8%

Fine Arts

6.5%

Design And Visual Communication

5.0%

Communication

4.5%

Information Technology

4.2%

Computer Information Systems

3.9%

English

3.1%

Advertising

2.6%

Entertainment Business

2.4%

Photography

2.4%

Management

2.4%

Education

2.1%

Computer Engineering

2.1%

Graphic Communications

2.1%

Digital Media

1.8%

Information Systems

1.8%

Criminal Justice

1.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

53.5%

Other

19.6%

Masters

11.2%

Associate

11.2%

Certificate

2.8%

Diploma

1.1%

Doctorate

0.6%
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Top Skills for A Lead Web Designer

  1. Company Website
  2. Web Application
  3. Html
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Designed and built company website; created flash-based e-learning module prototype; developed logo; created branded print collateral
  • Developed a business shopping website http://www.buyfiuggiwater.com using my web application blueprint.
  • Trained junior web designers in XHTML and CSS web standards, creating and modifying MovableType templates, and SVN/Tortoise.
  • Designed, built, updated and maintained content of multiple corporate intranets (around 80+) using HTML/CSS/ASP/XML/Flash.
  • Position was responsible for Web Design, Graphic Design and Video Editing.

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