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Working As A Web Designer

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

  • Repetitive

  • $68,865

    Average Salary

What Does A Web Designer 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 Designer

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 Designer Career Paths

Web Designer
Freelance Designer Senior Designer Creative Director
Digital Director
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Graphic Designer Art Director Marketing Manager
Digital Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Marketing Manager Search Engine Optimizer
Digital Marketing Strategist
6 Yearsyrs
Front End Developer Web Producer Digital Producer
Digital Project Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Art Director Marketing Director
Director Of Communications And Marketing
9 Yearsyrs
Creative Director Marketing Director
Director Of Digital Marketing
10 Yearsyrs
Marketing Director Writer And Editor Search Engine Optimizer
Director Of Ecommerce
10 Yearsyrs
Marketing Manager Sales Consultant Internet Sales Manager
E-Commerce Director
8 Yearsyrs
Marketing Coordinator Marketing Manager Search Engine Optimizer
E-Commerce Product Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Graphic Designer Marketing Manager Search Engine Optimizer
Ecommerce Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Product Manager Marketing Consultant
Marketing Communications Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Art Director Creative Director
Marketing Director
7 Yearsyrs
Web Developer Project Manager Program Manager
Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Creative Director Marketing Consultant
Marketing Strategist
6 Yearsyrs
Marketing Director Search Engine Optimizer
Online Marketing Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager Marketing Manager
Senior Manager Of Marketing
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Senior Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Web Developer Applications Developer
Senior Software Engineer
6 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Information Technology Consultant Director Of Information
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Owner & Designer 5.7 years
Designer/Artist 3.5 years
Web Site Designer 3.3 years
Graphic Designer 3.2 years
Designer 3.0 years
Creative Designer 2.9 years
Designer, Printer 2.8 years
Web Site Developer 2.7 years
Media Developer 2.7 years
Web Manager 2.6 years
Marketing Designer 2.6 years
Webmaster 2.6 years
Media Designer 2.5 years
Digital Designer 2.4 years
Interface Designer 2.4 years
Web Specialist 2.4 years
Lead Web Developer 2.4 years
Web Administrator 2.4 years
Web Page Designer 2.3 years
Lead Web Designer 2.3 years
Freelance Designer 2.3 years
Visual Designer 2.2 years
Web Producer 2.1 years
Web Developer 2.1 years
Web Designer 2.0 years
Web Editor 2.0 years
Web Programmer 2.0 years
Web Content Editor 1.9 years
Web Analyst 1.7 years
PHP Web Developer 1.7 years
Web Page Developer 1.6 years
Web Content Writer 1.6 years
Top Employers Before
Internship 8.4%
Designer 4.2%
Manager 2.3%
Volunteer 2.3%
Cashier 2.3%
Webmaster 2.2%
Top Employers After
Internship 3.5%
Owner 2.9%
Designer 2.9%
Webmaster 2.6%

Web Designer Demographics

Gender

Male

58.2%

Female

38.8%

Unknown

3.0%
Ethnicity

White

74.8%

Asian

12.1%

Hispanic or Latino

10.1%

Unknown

2.3%

Black or African American

0.7%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

37.2%

French

9.8%

Chinese

9.1%

Japanese

7.0%

Mandarin

6.2%

Russian

4.8%

German

4.5%

Italian

4.0%

Arabic

3.4%

Korean

2.5%

Portuguese

2.2%

Cantonese

1.6%

Polish

1.3%

Turkish

1.2%

Hebrew

1.2%

Vietnamese

0.9%

Greek

0.9%

Tagalog

0.9%

Romanian

0.7%

Hindi

0.6%
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Web Designer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

13.2%

Savannah College of Art and Design

9.6%

Art Institute of Pittsburgh

7.7%

Rochester Institute of Technology

6.0%

Full Sail University

5.9%

University of Central Florida

4.5%

Academy of Art University

4.4%

University of North Texas

4.3%

Florida State University

4.3%

San Jose State University

4.3%

New York University

4.0%

School of Visual Arts

3.7%

Temple University

3.7%

American InterContinental University

3.6%

Virginia Commonwealth University

3.5%

Southern New Hampshire University

3.5%

Arizona State University

3.5%

Syracuse University

3.4%

University of Texas at Austin

3.4%

Portland State University

3.3%
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Majors

Graphic Design

25.7%

Computer Science

11.4%

Computer Applications

8.5%

Business

7.9%

Fine Arts

6.1%

Computer Information Systems

5.4%

Information Technology

5.0%

Communication

4.9%

Design And Visual Communication

4.3%

Marketing

3.7%

Photography

2.3%

English

2.1%

Computer Engineering

1.7%

Psychology

1.7%

Education

1.7%

Electrical Engineering

1.6%

Animation

1.6%

Graphic Communications

1.6%

Digital Media

1.5%

Information Systems

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

48.5%

Other

17.9%

Masters

15.0%

Associate

11.0%

Certificate

5.5%

Diploma

1.2%

Doctorate

0.8%

License

0.1%
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Real Web Designer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Web Designer A&N Design Studio, Inc. New York, NY Oct 01, 2014 $138,000
Web Designer Appdillo Inc. San Francisco, CA Oct 28, 2013 $120,000
Web Designer Quick Sprout LLC San Francisco, CA Jun 15, 2015 $120,000 -
$156,000
Web Designer Bislr, Inc. San Francisco, CA Nov 04, 2016 $116,542
Web Designer Autopilothq Inc. San Francisco, CA Nov 04, 2016 $116,542 -
$135,000
Web Designer Tolleson Design, Inc. San Francisco, CA Oct 01, 2015 $115,000
Principal Web Designer Rei Systems Inc. Sterling, VA Aug 16, 2016 $115,000
Web Designer Palantir Technologies Inc. Palo Alto, CA Aug 01, 2014 $115,000
Web Designer III Automatic Data Processing, Inc. Hoffman Estates, IL Jan 21, 2013 $112,000
Web Designer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Sep 16, 2013 $111,883
Web Designer Experis Us, Inc. San Jose, CA Sep 09, 2015 $110,131 -
$135,655
Webfocus Designer Information Builders Inc. New York, NY May 07, 2014 $105,000
Webfocus Designer Information Builders Inc. New York, NY Apr 28, 2014 $105,000
Web Designer BB&T Corporation Raleigh, NC Aug 27, 2014 $77,016
DMG Web Designer II Automatic Data Processing, Inc. Seattle, WA Jun 23, 2014 $73,118
Web Designer California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo, CA Jul 09, 2015 $73,020
Web Designer The Gap, Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 15, 2013 $72,570
Interactive Web Designer Getfused, Inc. Boston, MA Oct 01, 2013 $72,200
Web Designer Xavient Information Systems Inc. West Chester, PA Dec 07, 2016 $72,000
Web Designer Xavient Information Systems Inc. West Chester, PA Jul 26, 2016 $72,000
Web Designer Crazy Egg Inc. San Francisco, CA Jun 15, 2015 $72,000 -
$84,000
Web Designer Fosubo, Inc. San Francisco, CA Oct 11, 2015 $57,600
Web Designer Kluge Strategic Los Angeles, CA Nov 18, 2015 $57,100 -
$70,000
Web & Information Designer Texas A&M University, Health Science Center College Station, TX Jan 10, 2016 $57,000
Web Designer Fluent, Inc. New York, NY Dec 10, 2013 $56,787
Web Designer RCI Internet Services, Inc. Houston, TX Nov 29, 2013 $56,650
Associate Web Designer Blizzard Entertainment Inc. Irvine, CA Jun 03, 2015 $56,597
Web Application Designer Alixpartners, LLP Southfield, MI Sep 16, 2014 $56,500

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Top Skills for A Web Designer

CompanyWebsiteHtml/CssWebsiteDesignAdobePhotoshopWebSiteOnlineAdobeDreamweaverJavascriptEmailCampaignsAdobeIllustratorPHPWebPagesVideoLogoDesignUserInterfaceDatabaseSQLServerInternetSearchEngineOptimizationE-Commerce

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Top Web Designer Skills

  1. Company Website
  2. Html/Css
  3. Website Design
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Maintain and real time update company website;.
  • Maintain Company Website Design a UI for Software in Development using HTML/CSS
  • Consult with clients regarding website design requirements and provide input and design recommendations.
  • Designed and edited banners, widgets and photographs with Adobe Photoshop and InDesign.
  • Designed and maintained web sites for numerous businesses and organizations including retail, real estate development and wildlife rehabilitation.

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