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Working As A Web Architect

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

  • Repetitive

  • $90,813

    Average Salary

What Does A Web Architect 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 Architect

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 Architect Career Paths

Web Architect
Architect And Developer Solutions Architect Program Manager
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Architect Project Manager Program Manager
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Systems Architect Systems Administrator Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Architect And Developer Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Systems Administrator
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Developer/Consultant Senior Project Manager Marketing Consultant
Online Marketing Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Architect Solutions Architect Product Manager
Product Manager, Mobile
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Subject Matter Expert Business Analyst
Product Owner
9 Yearsyrs
Webmaster Senior Software Engineer
Senior .NET Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Webmaster Systems Administrator Software Engineer
Senior Java Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Senior Consultant Project Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Solutions Architect Program Manager Consultant
Senior Software Engineer
6 Yearsyrs
Developer/Consultant Business Analyst Senior Programmer Analyst
Senior Web Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Program Manager Engineering Director
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Solutions Architect Senior Manager Director Of Information
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
Systems Architect Architect Senior Project Manager
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Chief Architect 3.5 years
Software Architect 3.2 years
Internet Architect 3.1 years
Lead Programmer 3.1 years
Architect 3.0 years
Software Designer 3.0 years
Web Site Manager 2.9 years
Senior Architect 2.8 years
Web Site Developer 2.7 years
Web Manager 2.6 years
Lead Developer 2.5 years
Lead Architect 2.5 years
Lead Web Developer 2.4 years
Lead Web Designer 2.3 years
Web Developer 2.1 years
Java Architect 2.0 years
Web Architect 2.0 years
Web Programmer 2.0 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 7.6%
Architect 4.1%
Developer 2.6%
Top Employers After
Architect 7.6%
Consultant 7.6%
Developer 3.5%

Web Architect Demographics

Gender

Male

86.5%

Female

11.0%

Unknown

2.5%
Ethnicity

White

70.0%

Asian

19.0%

Hispanic or Latino

7.6%

Unknown

2.3%

Black or African American

1.2%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

25.0%

Portuguese

12.5%

Chinese

12.5%

Greek

12.5%

Carrier

12.5%

Russian

12.5%

Mandarin

12.5%
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Web Architect Education

Schools

University of California - Berkeley

13.5%

Boston University

7.7%

Marist College

5.8%

Carnegie Mellon University

5.8%

Auburn University

5.8%

George Mason University

5.8%

University of Maryland - College Park

5.8%

University of Connecticut

3.8%

University of Maryland - University College

3.8%

De Anza College

3.8%

Virginia Commonwealth University

3.8%

University of California - Los Angeles

3.8%

University of West Florida

3.8%

Platt College-Riverside

3.8%

Ohio State University

3.8%

Liberty University

3.8%

Brigham Young University

3.8%

University of Louisville

3.8%

Georgia State University

3.8%

California State University - Fresno

3.8%
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Majors

Computer Science

23.4%

Computer Information Systems

12.0%

Business

9.9%

Computer Engineering

9.4%

Information Technology

6.3%

Graphic Design

4.2%

Management Information Systems

3.6%

Computer Applications

3.6%

Communication

3.6%

Engineering

3.1%

Electrical Engineering

3.1%

Mathematics

2.6%

Information Systems

2.6%

Management

2.1%

Political Science

2.1%

Marketing

2.1%

Information Sciences

1.6%

Photography

1.6%

Accounting

1.6%

Mechanical Engineering

1.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

46.2%

Masters

27.9%

Other

16.7%

Associate

4.4%

Certificate

2.4%

Diploma

1.6%

Doctorate

0.8%
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Real Web Architect Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Web Architect Shutterfly, Inc. Redwood City, CA May 29, 2016 $220,000
Webmethods Architect Ciber, Inc. Charlotte, NC Oct 10, 2016 $155,000 -
$165,000
Web Architect and Technical Lead Cardinal Peak LLC Lafayette, CO Sep 26, 2016 $139,217
Web Architect Lead The Sherwin-Williams Company Cleveland, OH Nov 15, 2016 $137,000 -
$147,000
Websphere Commerce Architect Carhartt, Inc. Dearborn, MI Sep 28, 2015 $135,000 -
$150,000
Senior Webcenter Architect Tekstream Solutions, LLC Atlanta, GA Apr 30, 2016 $135,000
Web Architect VF Outdoor, Inc. Alameda, CA Mar 23, 2015 $135,000
Web Architect, Ecommerce Carnival Corporation Miami, FL Oct 14, 2016 $135,000
Web Architect and Technical Lead Cardinal Peak LLC Lafayette, CO Jul 06, 2016 $134,722
Web Architect Shutterfly, Inc. Redwood City, CA Jan 26, 2016 $134,638
Websphere Commerce Architect HD Supply, Inc. San Diego, CA May 18, 2015 $124,000 -
$150,000
Web Architect Communications Test Design, Inc. West Chester, PA Oct 19, 2015 $107,370 -
$140,000
Principal Web Architect Spacenet Inc. McLean, VA Aug 13, 2015 $105,700 -
$127,099
Websphere Portal Architect Openlogix Corporation Auburn Hills, MI Mar 07, 2015 $104,000
Websphere Portal Architect Openlogix Corporation Wixom, MI Jul 29, 2016 $104,000
Websphere Portal Architect Openlogix Corporation Auburn Hills, MI Jul 03, 2016 $104,000
Websphere Portal Architect Openlogix Corporation Auburn Hills, MI Jul 28, 2016 $104,000
Web Architect Bluecross Blueshield of Tennessee Florence, KY Sep 28, 2015 $87,173 -
$117,790
Java Web Architect IV Principle Solutions Group, LLC Atlanta, GA Mar 04, 2015 $87,000 -
$131,000
Webfocus Architect M3Bi, LLC Phoenix, AZ Jan 12, 2015 $85,000
Web Architect & Analyst Igate Technologies Inc. Stamford, CT Jul 28, 2015 $84,400
Web Architect Patni Americas, Inc. Cambridge, MA Sep 29, 2016 $83,845
Web Architect Programmer Resources International, Inc. New York, NY Sep 13, 2016 $83,200

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Top Skills for A Web Architect

WebApplicationsSQLServerArchitectureHtmlWebsiteJavascriptDatabaseASPIBMWebsphereWebServicesXMLWebSiteIntranetPHPInfrastructureCSSC #WindowsInternetUserInterface

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Top Web Architect Skills

  1. Web Applications
  2. SQL Server
  3. Architecture
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Worked with ITAM (IBM Tivoli Access Manager) as part of setting SSO for web applications.
  • Developed database objects: stored procedures, triggers and views on MS SQL Server 6.5/7.0.
  • Reorganized information architecture of CVM web increasing the ability to navigate intuitively throughout the website.
  • Created and deployed web pages using HTML, JSP, JavaScript.
  • Developed, maintained and promoted more than ten websites.

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