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Working As A Web Application Developer

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

  • Repetitive

  • $81,533

    Average Salary

What Does A Web Application 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 Web Application 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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Web Application Developer Career Paths

Web Application Developer
Software Developer Systems Analyst Senior Programmer Analyst
Application Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Programmer Analyst Applications Developer NET Developer
Customer Development Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Lead Developer Lead Designer Creative Director
Digital Director
10 Yearsyrs
Solutions Architect Strategist Media Supervisor
Digital Media Director
8 Yearsyrs
Application Engineer Marketing Manager Marketing Manager/Project Manager
Digital Project Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Software Development Manager
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Interactive Developer User Experience Designer User Experience Manager
Director Of User Experience
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Web Developer Web Manager E-Commerce Product Manager
E-Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Web Administrator Content Manager Web Manager
Ecommerce Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Marketing Manager Creative Director
Interactive Director
7 Yearsyrs
Software Developer Business Analyst Marketing Manager
Online Marketing Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Applications Developer Sharepoint Developer
Platform Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Development Manager
Senior Development Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Front End Developer User Experience Designer User Experience Architect
User Experience Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Engineer Engineering Manager
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Analyst Assistant Vice President
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
Lead Developer Design, Development Web Design/Development
Web Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Software Developer 2.6 years
Developer 2.2 years
Web Programmer 2.0 years
Web Developer 2.0 years
Java Web Developer 1.7 years
Top Employers Before
Programmer 5.5%
Consultant 4.2%
Developer 4.0%
Internship 3.3%
Webmaster 2.2%
Top Employers After
Developer 6.0%
Consultant 2.9%

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Web Application Developer Demographics

Gender

Male

74.1%

Female

20.1%

Unknown

5.8%
Ethnicity

White

49.5%

Asian

24.1%

Hispanic or Latino

11.7%

Black or African American

9.5%

Unknown

5.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

21.0%

French

14.8%

Chinese

12.3%

Mandarin

8.6%

German

6.2%

Japanese

6.2%

Hindi

6.2%

Nepali

3.7%

Arabic

3.7%

Vietnamese

2.5%

Dutch

2.5%

Italian

2.5%

Cheyenne

1.2%

Portuguese

1.2%

Khmer

1.2%

Telugu

1.2%

Russian

1.2%

Urdu

1.2%

Cantonese

1.2%

Korean

1.2%
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Web Application Developer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

8.7%

Rochester Institute of Technology

6.9%

Brigham Young University

6.2%

University of Texas at Dallas

6.2%

University of Houston

6.2%

Temple University

5.4%

Carnegie Mellon University

5.4%

Northeastern University

5.4%

San Jose State University

5.1%

Arizona State University

4.7%

George Mason University

4.7%

University of Texas at Austin

4.3%

Maharishi University of Management

4.0%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

4.0%

DePaul University

4.0%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

4.0%

University of Arizona

4.0%

University of Washington

3.6%

University of Florida

3.6%

University of Maryland - Baltimore County

3.6%
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Majors

Computer Science

39.2%

Computer Information Systems

9.4%

Computer Engineering

9.1%

Information Technology

7.9%

Business

6.7%

Electrical Engineering

5.6%

Information Systems

4.5%

Management Information Systems

2.5%

Computer Applications

2.5%

Mathematics

1.8%

Graphic Design

1.5%

Engineering

1.3%

Computer Networking

1.3%

Computer Programming

1.1%

Education

1.0%

Project Management

1.0%

Information Sciences

1.0%

Electrical Engineering Technology

0.9%

English

0.9%

Management

0.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

46.0%

Masters

32.1%

Other

12.1%

Associate

5.6%

Certificate

2.1%

Doctorate

1.5%

Diploma

0.7%
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Real Web Application Developer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Web Applications Developer Webfinance, Inc. Fairfax, VA Dec 27, 2016 $208,700
Lead Web Applications Developer Arena Solutions, Inc. Foster City, CA Sep 26, 2016 $152,000
Web Applications Developer Bits & Bytes Technology Solutions Inc. Raleigh, NC Jul 15, 2015 $140,000
Web Applications Developer Bits & Bytes Technology Solutions Inc. Raleigh, NC Jul 24, 2015 $140,000
Java/Web Applications Developer Jpmorgan Chase & Co. Jersey City, NJ Aug 08, 2016 $135,000
Developer-Web Applications (Multiple Positions) Headstrong Services LLC New York, NY Jul 14, 2016 $130,666
Java Web Application Developer JP Morgan Chase & Co Jersey City, NJ Nov 16, 2016 $130,666
Web/Matlab Application Developer The Mathworks, Inc. Natick, MA Jul 25, 2016 $128,000
Sharepoint Web Application Developer/Architect Ciber, Inc. Pittsburgh, PA Aug 10, 2016 $127,504
Developer-Web Applications I (Multiple Positions) Headstrong Services LLC New York, NY Dec 11, 2015 $126,422
Developer-Web Applications I (Multiple Positions) Headstrong Services LLC New York, NY Jul 12, 2015 $126,422
Web Applications Developer Conceptone New York, NY May 07, 2015 $126,422
Developer-Web Applications I (Multiple Positions) Headstrong Services LLC New York, NY Oct 23, 2015 $126,422
Applications Developer-.Net/Web TEVA Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. Overland Park, KS Sep 08, 2015 $91,000 -
$101,000
Web Application Developer Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Wmata) Washington, DC Feb 02, 2016 $90,758
Web Application Developer Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc. (ESRI) Redlands, CA Jan 10, 2016 $90,480
Web Applications Java Developer Interactive Brokers LLC Chicago, IL Apr 06, 2015 $90,000 -
$110,000
Web Application Developer Thrillist Media Group, Inc. New York, NY Feb 02, 2015 $90,000
Web Application Developer Lightower Management, Inc. Woodbridge, NJ May 04, 2015 $90,000 -
$100,000
Web Application Developer Sage Computing, Inc. Reston, VA Jan 02, 2015 $90,000
Web Application Developer The Mathworks, Inc. Natick, MA Jun 22, 2015 $90,000
Web Application Developer Francis David Corporation VA Sep 12, 2015 $77,219
Websphere Application Developer Estrada Consulting, Inc. Sacramento, CA Nov 13, 2015 $77,000
Library Web Application Developer University of Nevada, Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV Sep 01, 2015 $77,000
Web Application Developer Epathusa Inc. West Des Moines, IA Feb 18, 2015 $76,960
Web Applications Developer Gurufocus.Com LLC Plano, TX Aug 10, 2015 $76,773
Java Web Application Developer The Mathworks, Inc. Natick, MA Oct 08, 2016 $76,531
Front End Web Application Developer Solomons International LLC Calabasas, CA Dec 10, 2016 $75,941
Front End Web Application Developer Solomons International LLC Calabasas, CA Sep 17, 2016 $75,941

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Top Skills for A Web Application Developer

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  1. Web Forms
  2. Web
  3. Pl/Sql
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  • Used Validation Controls for corresponding validations required for business logic in Web Forms and also implemented Custom Validation Controls using JavaScript.
  • Possess solid understanding of application development, Web technologies, and distributed computing architecture.
  • Utilized programming expertise with PL/SQL procedures and flow control statement loops, embedded with HTML code to develop web-enabled query pages.
  • Created JavaScript error handling for required form fields based on browser specific functionality.
  • Web Application Development Created several company-wide Intranet applications using JavaScript, D/HTML, PL/SQL (Oracle) and ColdFusion.

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  4. District of Columbia
  5. Minnesota
  6. Washington
  7. California
  8. Delaware
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