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Become A PHP Web Developer

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Working As A PHP Web Developer

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

  • Repetitive

  • $85,610

    Average Salary

What Does A PHP 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 PHP 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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Real PHP Web Developer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
PHP Web Developer Tightrope Interactive, Inc. San Francisco, CA Oct 24, 2016 $125,000
Senior PHP Web Developer The Marcus Buckingham Company Beverly Hills, CA Sep 26, 2016 $120,000
PHP Web Developer Quinstreet, Inc. Foster City, CA Mar 22, 2011 $107,000
Senior PHP Web Developer The Sherwin-Williams Company Cleveland, OH Sep 08, 2016 $95,000 -
$105,000
PHP Web Developer Quinstreet, Inc. Foster City, CA Mar 18, 2013 $95,000
PHP Web Developer Quinstreet, Inc. Forestville, CA Sep 22, 2010 $95,000
PHP Web Developer Tightrope Interactive, Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 20, 2015 $94,162
PHP Web Developer Theaudience, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Nov 21, 2011 $90,000
PHP Web Developer Clearwire Legacy, LLC Kirkland, WA Oct 01, 2009 $88,000
PHP Web Developer Tightrope Interactive, Inc. San Francisco, CA Oct 08, 2012 $85,000
PHP Web Developer Tightrope Interactive, Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 16, 2012 $85,000
Php/Lamp Web Developer Chief Technology Services San Jose, CA Sep 20, 2014 $85,000
PHP Web Developer New Target, Inc. Alexandria, VA Sep 04, 2014 $84,500
PHP Web Developer Zacks Investment Research, Inc. Chicago, IL Jan 12, 2015 $77,500
JR. PHP Web Developer Quinstreet, Inc. Foster City, CA Oct 01, 2012 $76,918
Php/Web Engineer Aria Systems, Inc. San Francisco, CA Dec 10, 2012 $76,690
PHP Web Developer Quinstreet, Inc. Foster City, CA Sep 15, 2012 $75,000
PHP Web Developer Digerati Systems Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 20, 2014 $75,000
Php/Web Engineer Aria Systems, Inc. Broomall, PA Sep 20, 2012 $75,000
PHP Programmer/Web Developer Advancement Project Los Angeles, CA Dec 20, 2010 $72,000
Junior PHP Web Developer Zacks Investment Research, Inc. Chicago, IL Feb 09, 2016 $68,250
PHP Web Developer Gala-Net, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Nov 14, 2011 $67,000
PHP Web Developer Core Techs Personnel LLC San Mateo, CA Nov 14, 2011 $65,541
Junior PHP Web Developer Zacks Investment Research, Inc. Chicago, IL Sep 16, 2015 $65,000
Junior PHP Web Developer Zacks Investment Research, Inc. Chicago, IL Sep 23, 2015 $65,000
PHP Web Developer Quinstreet, Inc. Foster City, CA Sep 18, 2011 $65,000
PHP Web Developer Upland Software, Inc. Iselin, NJ May 27, 2014 $62,500
PHP Web Developer Comsol, Inc. Burlington, MA May 15, 2014 $61,027 -
$75,000

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Top Skills for A PHP Web Developer

WebApplicationsJavascriptHtml/CssJqueryDatabaseDesignAjaxFrontEndAPILinuxServerUserInterfaceXMLWebSiteMVCDrupalContentManagementSystemOnlineAdobePhotoshopLampJsonZendFrameworkGIT

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Top PHP Web Developer Skills

  1. Web Applications
  2. Javascript
  3. Html/Css
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Developed brand new designs and web applications for a number of companies.
  • Developed front-end code using HTML 4.0, JavaScript and CSS 3.0 for styling the documents.
  • Convert HTML/CSS non-functional pages into dynamic PHP pages.
  • Worked on major UI screens and added JQuery controls for various functionality to make it more dynamic and user friendly.
  • Involved in database design, implementation and query development.

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