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Become A Web Application Developer

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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

  • $74,306

    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.


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.


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.


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 Demographic


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  • White

  • Asian

  • Hispanic or Latino

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Chinese

  • Mandarin

  • Hindi

  • German

  • Japanese

  • Nepali

  • Arabic

  • Vietnamese

  • Dutch

  • Russian

  • Urdu

  • Italian

  • Cheyenne

  • Portuguese

  • Telugu

  • Cantonese

  • Korean

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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
Director, Web Application Development J.D. Power and Associates Westlake Village, CA Jun 09, 2015 $150,000 -
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
Java Web Application Developer JP Morgan Chase & Co Jersey City, NJ Nov 16, 2016 $130,666
Developer-Web Applications (Multiple Positions) Headstrong Services LLC New York, NY Jul 14, 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
Web Applications Developer Conceptone New York, NY May 07, 2015 $126,422
Developer-Web Applications I (Multiple Positions) Headstrong Services LLC New York, NY Jul 12, 2015 $126,422
Software Engineer Web Application Development Sungard Availability Services LP San Ramon, CA Sep 16, 2015 $90,418 -
.NET Web Application Developer Persis Consulting Co. Chicago, IL Aug 03, 2015 $90,000
Web Application Developer Sage Computing, Inc. Reston, VA Jan 02, 2015 $90,000
Web Application Developer Lightower Management, Inc. Woodbridge, NJ May 04, 2015 $90,000 -
Web Application Developer The Mathworks, Inc. Natick, MA Jun 22, 2015 $90,000
Web Applications Developer Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Services Seattle, WA Feb 16, 2015 $90,000
Web Services & Applications Developer Universal Electronics Inc. Santa Ana, CA Jan 08, 2016 $90,000 -
Library Web Application Developer University of Nevada, Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV Sep 01, 2015 $77,000
Websphere Application Developer Estrada Consulting, Inc. Sacramento, CA Nov 13, 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 Sep 17, 2016 $75,941
Front End Web Application Developer Solomons International LLC Calabasas, CA Dec 10, 2016 $75,941
Java Web Applications Developer Nicusa, Inc. Salt Lake City, UT Apr 11, 2015 $75,899

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Top Skills for A Web Application Developer


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Top Web Application Developer Skills

  1. Web Forms
  2. Pl/Sql
  3. Web Application
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Used AJAX, Java Script for many web forms.
  • Involved in writing PL/SQL Stored procedures, views for backend database access.
  • Developed a unique scalable web application using the Ruby on Rails framework
  • Created JavaScript error handling for required form fields based on browser specific functionality.
  • Developed various HTML objects using Java and HTML and DHTML to provide the flexibility to the developers.

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