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Working As A Web Specialist

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

  • Repetitive

  • $69,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Web Specialist 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 Specialist

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 Specialist Career Paths

Web Specialist
Web Developer Project Manager Development Manager
Senior Development Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Web Developer Project Manager Marketing Director
Director Of Digital Marketing
9 Yearsyrs
Web Developer Senior Programmer Analyst Manager Applications Development
Application Development Director
11 Yearsyrs
Front End Developer Senior Software Engineer Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Front End Developer User Interaction Designer User Experience Designer
User Experience Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Front End Developer Developer Co-Founder
Chief Technology Officer & Founder
9 Yearsyrs
Manager Owner Creative Director
Director Of User Experience
10 Yearsyrs
Manager Marketing Manager Marketing Manager/Project Manager
Digital Project Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Manager Director Creative Director
Digital Director
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Marketing Manager Social Media Manager
Manager Of Digital Media
5 Yearsyrs
User Experience Designer Creative Designer User Interaction Designer
Web Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Owner Owner And Founder Social Media Manager
Online Marketing Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Owner Owner/Manager Internet Sales Manager
E-Commerce Director
8 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager Marketing Manager Social Media Manager
Digital Marketing Strategist
5 Yearsyrs
User Experience Designer Senior Web Developer Web Manager
Ecommerce Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Web Manager Ecommerce Manager
Director Of Ecommerce
10 Yearsyrs
Developer Senior Web Developer Web Manager
E-Commerce Product Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Marketing Specialist Freelance Marketing Consultant Content Manager
Digital Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Marketing Specialist Digital Marketing Specialist Digital Strategist
Digital Communications Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Web Manager 2.6 years
Webmaster 2.6 years
Web Administrator 2.5 years
Web Designer 2.1 years
Web Producer 2.1 years
Web Specialist 2.0 years
Web Developer 2.0 years
Web Programmer 2.0 years
Top Careers Before Web Specialist
Internship 8.4%
Cashier 6.7%
Consultant 4.5%
Webmaster 4.3%
Specialist 3.3%
Top Careers After Web Specialist
Consultant 6.2%
Webmaster 4.6%
Developer 4.3%
Manager 4.1%
Internship 3.3%

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Web Specialist Demographics

Gender

Male

48.8%

Female

41.6%

Unknown

9.6%
Ethnicity

White

61.0%

Hispanic or Latino

13.1%

Asian

11.1%

Black or African American

11.0%

Unknown

3.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

36.0%

French

18.0%

German

10.0%

Japanese

8.0%

Russian

4.0%

Arabic

4.0%

Italian

4.0%

Portuguese

2.0%

Estonian

2.0%

Chinese

2.0%

Vietnamese

2.0%

Welsh

2.0%

Lithuanian

2.0%

Tagalog

2.0%

Finnish

2.0%
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Web Specialist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

15.4%

University of Cincinnati

5.4%

University of Maryland - University College

5.4%

Pennsylvania State University

5.4%

New York University

4.6%

San Francisco State University

4.6%

Middle Tennessee State University

4.6%

Arizona State University

4.6%

State University of New York Albany

4.6%

Rochester Institute of Technology

4.6%

Kirkwood Community College

4.6%

University of Utah

4.6%

Florida State University

4.6%

University of Wisconsin - Whitewater

3.8%

University of South Florida

3.8%

Brigham Young University

3.8%

George Washington University

3.8%

University of Washington

3.8%

Montgomery College

3.8%

Temple University

3.8%
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Majors

Business

15.2%

Graphic Design

12.1%

Computer Science

11.0%

Communication

7.5%

Marketing

6.8%

Computer Information Systems

6.6%

Computer Applications

6.0%

Information Technology

5.2%

English

4.9%

Journalism

3.0%

Fine Arts

2.7%

Management

2.7%

Design And Visual Communication

2.5%

Accounting

2.5%

Psychology

2.3%

Management Information Systems

2.0%

Computer Engineering

2.0%

Writing

1.8%

Public Relations

1.7%

Information Systems

1.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

49.6%

Masters

16.8%

Other

16.4%

Associate

10.1%

Certificate

4.7%

Doctorate

1.2%

Diploma

1.1%
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Average Yearly Salary
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$47,000
Min 10%
$69,000
Median 50%
$69,000
Median 50%
$69,000
Median 50%
$69,000
Median 50%
$69,000
Median 50%
$69,000
Median 50%
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Median 50%
$101,000
Max 90%
Highest Paying City
Eagan, MN
Highest Paying State
North Dakota
Avg Experience Level
2.3 years
How much does a Web Specialist make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Web Specialist in the United States is $69,223 per year or $33 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $47,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $101,000.

Real Web Specialist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Web Analytic Specialist SONY Computer Entertainment America LLC San Mateo, CA Mar 21, 2016 $131,000
Websphere Specialist Careworks Technologies, Ltd. Columbus, OH Nov 24, 2016 $114,400
Senior Websphere Subject Matter Specialist Provista Software International Inc. Silver Spring, MD Nov 12, 2011 $112,258 -
$120,000
Web Analytic Specialist SONY Computer Entertainment America LLC San Mateo, CA Feb 23, 2015 $110,000
SR. Web Analytics Specialist Sharp Decisions, Inc. Torrance, CA Oct 01, 2012 $107,481
SR. Web Analytics Specialist Sharp Decisions, Inc. Torrance, CA Oct 01, 2013 $107,481
SR. Websphere Specialist Seth Technology Solutions, LLC Albany, NY Jul 28, 2010 $96,000
Web Analytics Specialist Becton, Dickinson and Compay San Jose, CA Dec 07, 2009 $95,000
Websphere Specialist Finsoft Consultants, Inc. Bentonville, AR Oct 01, 2015 $81,000
Websphere Commerce Suite Specialist IBM India Private Limited Framingham, MA Dec 22, 2014 $80,241
Senior Websphere Commerce Specialist IBM India Private Limited Meridian, ID Jan 01, 2016 $77,997
Websphere Commerce Specialist IBM India Private Limited Meridian, ID Jan 01, 2016 $77,997
Websphere Commerce Specialist IBM India Private Limited Meridian, ID Jun 05, 2016 $77,997
Websphere Commerce Specialist IBM India Private Limited Boise, ID Aug 11, 2015 $75,826
Websphere Commerce Specialist IBM India Private Limited Framingham, MA Dec 31, 2014 $72,946
Websphere Commerce Specialist IBM India Private Limited Meridian, ID Apr 24, 2015 $72,530
Websphere Specialist Careworks Technologies, Ltd. Columbus, OH May 10, 2011 $71,406 -
$115,000
Web Specialist Medtronic, Inc. Miami, FL Aug 05, 2013 $71,366 -
$72,200
Websphere Specialist Careworks Technologies, Ltd. Columbus, OH Nov 24, 2013 $71,302 -
$115,000
Research Web Specialist International Resource Group Washington, DC Mar 11, 2011 $71,221
Website Specialist Beth Israel Medical Center New York, NY Oct 14, 2013 $71,140
Websphere Specialist Careworks Technologies, Ltd. Columbus, OH May 31, 2012 $69,888 -
$115,000
Web Mapping Specialist G4 Global Tech, Inc. Richardson, TX Sep 29, 2010 $65,000
Web Mapping Specialist G4 Global Tech, Inc. Richardson, TX Sep 22, 2010 $65,000
Websphere Commerce Server Suit Specialist IBM India Private Limited Chicago, IL Oct 01, 2012 $63,877
Websphere Specialist IBM India Private Limited Northbrook, IL Sep 28, 2012 $63,877
Web Specialist III University of Illinois at Springfield Springfield, IL Jan 19, 2016 $63,194
Web Specialist III University of Illinois at Springfield Springfield, IL Mar 22, 2016 $63,194
Web Specialist II The University of Memphis Memphis, TN May 03, 2010 $63,000
Websphere Commerce Specialist IBM India Private Limited Chicago, IL Aug 12, 2013 $62,816 -
$63,877

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Top Skills for A Web Specialist

  1. Company Website
  2. Web Application
  3. Html
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  • Created and maintained sister company websites while managing marketing and advertising ideas.
  • Designed web applications for advertisement campaigns.
  • Design, build and maintain websites, using PHP, JavaScript, HTML, content creation tools, management tools.
  • Implemented page layouts, visual content, and graphical elements using CSS, JavaScript, HTML, and PHP.
  • Explained product information about each device and emailed customers required documents if necessary.

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