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Working As A PHP Developer

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

  • Repetitive

  • $83,356

    Average Salary

What Does A PHP 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 PHP 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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PHP Developer Career Paths

PHP Developer
Senior Web Developer Lead Developer Senior Consultant
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Freelance Web Developer Co-Founder Writer
Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
NET Developer Interactive Developer Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Interactive Developer Senior Java Developer Lead Technician
Lead Architect
8 Yearsyrs
Senior PHP Developer Senior Software Engineer
Lead Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Senior Java Developer
Lead Java Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Technical Analyst
Lead Technician
6 Yearsyrs
Java Developer Senior Software Engineer
Principal Software Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
Applications Developer Data Analyst Web Developer
Senior .NET Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Freelance Web Developer Web Application Developer Java Developer
Senior Android Developer
6 Yearsyrs
NET Developer Web Application Developer Applications Developer
Senior IOS Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Interactive Developer Senior Web Developer Senior Software Engineer
Senior Java Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Senior PHP Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Developer Applications Developer NET Developer
Senior Programmer
5 Yearsyrs
Senior Web Developer Senior .NET Developer
Senior Programmer Analyst
7 Yearsyrs
Lead Developer Project Leader Business Analyst
Senior Quality Assurance Analyst
6 Yearsyrs
Applications Developer Business Analyst Senior Quality Assurance Analyst
Senior Quality Assurance Engineer
7 Yearsyrs
Lead Developer Lead Technician Systems Administrator
Senior Software Engineer
6 Yearsyrs
Java Developer Interactive Developer
Senior Web Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Developer Design, Development User Experience Designer
User Experience Manager
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
NET Developer 3.0 years
Media Developer 2.7 years
Web Site Developer 2.7 years
Software Developer 2.7 years
Lead Developer 2.5 years
Intranet Developer 2.5 years
Lead Web Developer 2.4 years
Solution Developer 2.4 years
Java Developer 2.3 years
Contract Developer 2.3 years
Developer 2.2 years
Web Developer 2.1 years
PHP Developer 2.0 years
IOS Developer 1.8 years
Java Web Developer 1.8 years
Android Developer 1.8 years
J2ee Developer 1.8 years
PHP Web Developer 1.7 years
Web Page Developer 1.6 years
Junior Developer 1.4 years
PHP Programmer 1.3 years
Top Employers Before
Developer 12.5%
Programmer 4.1%
Consultant 3.8%
Top Employers After
Developer 11.5%
Consultant 4.2%
President 1.7%

PHP Developer Demographics

Gender

Male

77.7%

Female

17.2%

Unknown

5.1%
Ethnicity

White

63.1%

Asian

21.3%

Hispanic or Latino

9.5%

Unknown

5.0%

Black or African American

1.0%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

58.8%

Japanese

11.8%

Hawaiian

5.9%

Cherokee

5.9%

French

5.9%

Hebrew

5.9%

Arabic

5.9%
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PHP Developer Education

Schools

Brigham Young University

10.2%

University of Southern California

6.8%

Weber State University

6.8%

National University

5.7%

Middle Tennessee State University

5.7%

Maharishi University of Management

5.7%

University of Texas at Dallas

5.7%

University of Texas at Austin

5.7%

University of Central Florida

4.5%

State University of New York Buffalo

4.5%

Northwestern Polytechnic University

4.5%

American InterContinental University

4.5%

San Diego State University

4.5%

University of Utah

4.5%

Western Governors University

3.4%

Florida Institute of Technology-Melbourne

3.4%

Utah Valley University

3.4%

Indiana University Bloomington

3.4%

Pennsylvania State University

3.4%

University of Houston

3.4%
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Majors

Computer Science

50.0%

Information Technology

9.8%

Computer Engineering

7.0%

Computer Information Systems

5.3%

Computer Applications

4.7%

Electrical Engineering

3.2%

Mathematics

2.8%

Information Systems

2.8%

Business

2.3%

Management Information Systems

1.9%

Graphic Design

1.7%

Engineering

1.5%

Philosophy

1.1%

Management

0.9%

Information Sciences

0.9%

Music

0.9%

Biology

0.9%

Marketing

0.9%

Computer Systems Security

0.9%

Computer Technical Support

0.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

49.6%

Masters

26.6%

Other

13.8%

Associate

5.4%

Certificate

2.2%

Doctorate

1.4%

Diploma

0.9%
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Real PHP Developer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
PHP Developer Chegg, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Nov 09, 2016 $121,111
PHP Developer Mintex Tech, Inc. NJ Nov 14, 2016 $118,269
PHP Developer Pleying, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Aug 21, 2016 $110,000
.NET/PHP Developer Medical Science & Computing, Inc. Bethesda, MD Oct 13, 2015 $107,100
PHP Developer Amgen Inc. Thousand Oaks, CA Dec 15, 2015 $106,638
Lead Php/Javascript/Html5 Developer Age of Learning, Inc. Glendale, CA Sep 24, 2015 $105,000
Full Stack PHP Developer Crowdrise, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Apr 26, 2016 $102,250
PHP Developer Mintex Tech, Inc. NJ Nov 15, 2016 $102,000
PHP Backend Developer Crowdstar, Inc. Burlingame, CA Feb 02, 2015 $100,000
PHP Developer Progrexion ASG, Inc. Salt Lake City, UT Oct 19, 2015 $100,000
Full Stack Developer, PHP Move, Inc. San Jose, CA Dec 28, 2015 $99,000 -
$124,000
PHP Developer McKesson Corporation The Woodlands, TX Mar 22, 2016 $96,000 -
$110,000
Drupal/Php Developer Ample It Services LLC Jacksonville, FL Jun 01, 2015 $96,000
Lead Php/Javascript/Html 5 Developer Age of Learnin, Inc. Glendale, CA Sep 15, 2015 $95,000 -
$105,000
PHP Developer Questback, Inc. The Woodlands, TX Feb 05, 2016 $85,000
PHP Developer Club Automation, LLC. Bannockburn, IL Dec 13, 2016 $85,000
PHP Developer North American Bancard Troy, MI Jul 31, 2015 $85,000
PHP Developer Anagh Technologies Inc. Piscataway, NJ Jul 20, 2015 $85,000
PHP Fullstack Developer Givelify LLC Indianapolis, IN Apr 15, 2016 $84,000
PHP Developer Xpand Corporation Reston, VA Jan 08, 2016 $80,237
PHP Mysql Developer Web Design and Consulting Services, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Apr 13, 2016 $80,000
Php/Mysql Developer Web Design and Consulting Services, Inc. Aka Ad.Com Interactive Media Los Angeles, CA Apr 14, 2016 $80,000
PHP Developer Internet Brands, Inc. El Segundo, CA Dec 15, 2015 $69,742
PHP Developer Suitepay LLC Aliso Viejo, CA Jun 15, 2015 $69,139
PHP Developer Maganti It Resources, LLC Spring, TX Sep 03, 2016 $68,871
PHP Developer Maganti It Resources, LLC Spring, TX Aug 15, 2016 $68,871
PHP Developer Adroit Associates, Inc. Houston, TX Feb 22, 2016 $67,500
PHP Developer II Transunion Risk & Alternative Data Solutions Inc. A WOS of Transunion Boca Raton, FL Mar 23, 2015 $67,392 -
$85,000
PHP Developer Squillion Systems LLC Chicago, IL Sep 10, 2015 $67,163
PHP Developer Squillion Systems LLC Eden Prairie, MN May 18, 2015 $66,560

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Top Skills for A PHP Developer

Pl/SqlHtmlJavascriptWebServerCSSJqueryDatabaseDesignAjaxUserInterfaceLinuxFrontEndRestAPICustomModulesLampMVCXMLDrupalContentManagementSystemZendFrameworkWebApplicationHtml5

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Top PHP Developer Skills

  1. Pl/Sql
  2. Html
  3. Javascript
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Developed the Stored Procedures and Functions using PL/SQL for database intensive operations.
  • Developed the home page as a combined project with other developers using HTML/AJAX/PHP.
  • Created widgets for JavaScript based calendar and other functionalities.
  • Web server administration for Apache/BSD/Linux environment.
  • Developed cross browser and multi browser compatible web pages using HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript.

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