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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

  • $78,680

    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
Front End Developer Web Producer Writer And Editor
Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Senior Web Designer Creative Director
Digital Director
10 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Marketing Manager
Digital Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Web Designer Senior Web Developer Search Engine Optimizer
Digital Marketing Strategist
6 Yearsyrs
Marketing Coordinator Marketing Director
Director Of Communications And Marketing
9 Yearsyrs
Web Manager Project Manager Marketing Director
Director Of Digital Marketing
10 Yearsyrs
Marketing Manager Search Engine Optimizer
Director Of Ecommerce
10 Yearsyrs
Marketing Manager Sales Consultant Internet Sales Manager
E-Commerce Director
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Product Manager Category Manager
E-Commerce Product Manager
6 Yearsyrs
User Experience Designer Senior Web Designer Search Engine Optimizer
Ecommerce Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Web Analyst Business Analyst Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Marketing Consultant
Marketing Communications Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Search Engine Optimizer Digital Marketing Manager
Marketing Director
7 Yearsyrs
Search Engine Optimizer Marketing Consultant
Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Web Manager Senior Project Manager Marketing Consultant
Marketing Strategist
6 Yearsyrs
Front End Developer Product Manager Marketing Consultant
Online Marketing Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Marketing Coordinator Marketing Manager
Senior Manager Of Marketing
9 Yearsyrs
Web Analyst Analytical Manager Senior Manager
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Media Developer 2.6 years
Webmaster 2.6 years
Web Manager 2.6 years
Web Administrator 2.4 years
Web Designer 2.2 years
Web Developer 2.0 years
Web Producer 2.0 years
Web Specialist 2.0 years
Web Analyst 1.7 years
Top Employers Before
Internship 6.4%
Cashier 5.3%
Consultant 4.4%
Webmaster 3.9%
Owner 3.3%
Top Employers After
Consultant 6.8%
Webmaster 5.9%
Internship 4.7%
Manager 4.7%
Owner 4.2%

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Web Specialist Demographics

Gender

Male

52.4%

Female

45.3%

Unknown

2.3%
Ethnicity

White

77.5%

Asian

11.0%

Hispanic or Latino

9.1%

Unknown

2.0%

Black or African American

0.5%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

41.2%

German

11.8%

French

11.8%

Japanese

8.8%

Russian

5.9%

Italian

5.9%

Chinese

2.9%

Finnish

2.9%

Estonian

2.9%

Tagalog

2.9%

Arabic

2.9%
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Web Specialist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

17.6%

Pennsylvania State University

6.6%

Middle Tennessee State University

5.5%

University of Wisconsin - Whitewater

4.4%

Montgomery College

4.4%

San Francisco State University

4.4%

University of Maryland - University College

4.4%

Arizona State University

4.4%

Virginia Commonwealth University

4.4%

Temple University

4.4%

Rochester Institute of Technology

4.4%

University of Utah

4.4%

American InterContinental University

4.4%

San Jose State University

4.4%

Johnson & Wales University

4.4%

Portland Community College

4.4%

Appalachian State University

3.3%

New York University

3.3%

Central Piedmont Community College

3.3%

George Washington University

3.3%
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Majors

Business

14.2%

Computer Science

11.7%

Graphic Design

11.7%

Communication

8.1%

Marketing

6.3%

Computer Information Systems

6.1%

Computer Applications

5.8%

Information Technology

5.4%

English

4.9%

Journalism

3.6%

Management

2.9%

Computer Engineering

2.7%

Fine Arts

2.5%

Information Systems

2.2%

Accounting

2.2%

Design And Visual Communication

2.0%

Management Information Systems

2.0%

Psychology

2.0%

Public Relations

2.0%

Digital Media

1.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

49.2%

Masters

17.4%

Other

16.5%

Associate

9.1%

Certificate

5.4%

Doctorate

1.5%

Diploma

0.9%
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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
Websphere Commerce Specialist IBM India Private Limited Meridian, ID Jun 05, 2016 $77,997
Websphere Commerce Specialist IBM India Private Limited Meridian, ID Jan 01, 2016 $77,997
Senior Websphere Commerce Specialist IBM India Private Limited Meridian, ID Jan 01, 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

CompanyWebsiteHtmlWebSiteE-MailCampaignsAdobePhotoshopCSSWebContentContentManagementSystemIntranetDatabaseJavascriptInternetSQLCustomerServiceWebPagesProceduresDreamweaverSearchEngineOptimizationPHPFacebook

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  1. Company Website
  2. Html
  3. Web Site
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Upload photos and input information to company website.
  • Developed hand-coded pages with HTML, XHTML, CSS, JavaScript, and DB2 Product Database.
  • Published content and graphics to public and Broker Web sites.
  • Web Experience Specialist Planned, designed, developed, and deployed e-mail campaigns to both customers and independent insurance agents.
  • Image manipulation using Adobe Photoshop.

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