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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

  • $102,000

    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
Senior Software Engineer Software Development Manager
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Project Manager Development Manager
Senior Development Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Project Manager Marketing Director
Director Of Digital Marketing
9 Yearsyrs
Solutions Architect Manager Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Solutions Architect Director Creative Director
Director Of User Experience
10 Yearsyrs
Solutions Architect Project Manager Co-Founder
Chief Technology Officer & Founder
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Web Developer Development Manager Manager Applications Development
Application Development Director
11 Yearsyrs
Architect Senior Designer Senior User Experience Designer
User Experience Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Architect Senior Systems Engineer Senior Technical Consultant
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Owner/Manager Internet Sales Manager
E-Commerce Director
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Web Developer Web Manager Ecommerce Manager
Director Of Ecommerce
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Web Developer Web Manager
Ecommerce Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Production Manager Print Production Manager
Freelance Project Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Architect Project Manager/Design Manager Freelance Project Manager
Digital Project Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Front End Developer Web Content Manager Social Media Manager
Online Marketing Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Front End Developer User Interaction Designer
Web Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Front End Developer Content Manager Social Media Manager
Digital Marketing Strategist
5 Yearsyrs
Product Manager Marketing Manager Social Media Manager
Digital Communications Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Software Architect 3.2 years
Web Site Developer 2.6 years
Lead Architect 2.5 years
Lead Web Developer 2.4 years
Web Developer 2.0 years
Web Programmer 2.0 years
Web Architect 2.0 years
Top Careers Before Web Architect
Architect 7.8%
Consultant 7.2%
Developer 3.8%
Top Careers After Web Architect
Architect 8.2%
Consultant 5.7%
Developer 3.8%
Engineer 2.3%

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Web Architect Demographics

Gender

Male

78.4%

Female

11.6%

Unknown

10.0%
Ethnicity

White

53.4%

Asian

18.7%

Hispanic or Latino

12.3%

Black or African American

10.9%

Unknown

4.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

40.0%

Portuguese

10.0%

Chinese

10.0%

Greek

10.0%

Carrier

10.0%

Russian

10.0%

Mandarin

10.0%
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Web Architect Education

Schools

University of California - Berkeley

11.4%

DePaul University

7.6%

Boston University

6.3%

Michigan State University

6.3%

Marist College

5.1%

University of California - Los Angeles

5.1%

Rochester Institute of Technology

5.1%

Arizona State University

5.1%

American InterContinental University

5.1%

George Mason University

5.1%

Western Governors University

3.8%

Virginia Commonwealth University

3.8%

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

3.8%

Georgia State University

3.8%

University of North Texas

3.8%

University of Phoenix

3.8%

Texas A&M University

3.8%

University of Cincinnati

3.8%

Northeastern University

3.8%

Carnegie Mellon University

3.8%
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Majors

Computer Science

27.7%

Computer Engineering

9.5%

Computer Information Systems

9.5%

Business

7.9%

Information Technology

7.6%

Electrical Engineering

5.2%

Computer Applications

3.7%

Graphic Design

3.7%

Information Systems

3.0%

Engineering

2.7%

Management Information Systems

2.4%

Fine Arts

2.1%

Communication

2.1%

Mathematics

2.1%

Civil Engineering

1.8%

Psychology

1.8%

Mechanical Engineering

1.8%

Marketing

1.8%

Accounting

1.8%

Management

1.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

48.6%

Masters

31.2%

Other

12.2%

Associate

3.8%

Certificate

2.0%

Diploma

1.4%

Doctorate

0.7%
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$76,000
Min 10%
$102,000
Median 50%
$102,000
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Best Paying Company
Citi
Highest Paying City
San Jose, CA
Highest Paying State
North Dakota
Avg Experience Level
2.3 years
How much does a Web Architect make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Web Architect in the United States is $102,617 per year or $49 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $76,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $137,000.

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
Senior Webcenter Architect Tekstream Solutions, LLC Atlanta, GA Apr 30, 2016 $135,000
Websphere Commerce Architect Carhartt, Inc. Dearborn, MI Sep 28, 2015 $135,000 -
$150,000
Web Architect, Ecommerce Carnival Corporation Miami, FL Oct 14, 2016 $135,000
Web Architect VF Outdoor, Inc. Alameda, CA Mar 23, 2015 $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 Wixom, MI Jul 10, 2015 $104,000
Websphere Portal Architect Openlogix Corporation Wixom, MI Jul 29, 2016 $104,000
Websphere Portal Architect Openlogix Corporation Auburn Hills, MI Mar 07, 2015 $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 Dec 10, 2015 $83,200

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Top Skills for A Web Architect

  1. Web Application
  2. SQL
  3. Architecture
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  • Worked with other department managers to implement tactical plans to ensure that Web applications met strategic business objectives.
  • Developed an automated Task Management System for the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) using PHP and MySQL.
  • Reorganized information architecture of CVM web increasing the ability to navigate intuitively throughout the website.
  • Created and deployed web pages using HTML, JSP, JavaScript.
  • Performed a database analysis to conduct a replication process.

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