Twenty years ago, there was no such thing as a web developer. Now, everyone from large corporations to small non-profits seem to have at least one web developer on their team, that’s if they don’t have a whole department dedicated to web development.
Because technology and the web development field have been growing so quickly), many people currently working in the field don’t have a formal degree in web development. They may have a degree in a related field, but many of them have had to learn the skills they need on the job.
If you’re still thinking about whether you’d like to pursue a career in web development, it’s never too late. According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, there are currently about 150,000 web development jobs in existence and that number is only expected to grow. Specifically, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that number will grow as much as 27% from 2014 to 2024, which is much faster than the projected growth of most industries.
You may be asking yourself, “What exactly does a web developer do?” It sounds great to say you want a career in web development, but what if you’re not sure what the exact web development job description is?
Excellent question. For starters, one of the most common misconceptions about web developers is that they are synonymous with web designers.
In fact, web designers work on the creative end, making sure the website looks and feels nice. The web developer job description involves taking the web designer’s work and making sure it’s functional. The web developer comes at the project from a practical perspective, making sure people can actually use it the way it’s meant to be used. This is extremely important because a pretty website doesn’t do any good if people can’t use it.
The web developer job description also involves a fair amount of collaboration. They have to be able to work well with others and be team players because they often have to collaborate with designers, writers, illustrators, and other professionals in order to make sure every aspect of the project comes together.
Another important responsibility web developers have is updating the website. A website is never “finished.” Software and computer programs are constantly being updated and websites also need to be updated in order to make sure they don’t become obsolete. For example, ten years ago, people were accessing the internet on their desktops or laptops. Now, most people are using their smartphones or tablets to go online, which means websites need to be mobile friendly so people can use them efficiently, no matter from where they access the site.
We teach all of these skills in our Website Development program at Sullivan and Cogliano Training Centers. Even if your current job doesn’t involve any of the web development description, knowing something about the field can broaden your horizons by making you more valuable to your employer and more attractive to potential employers.
With flexible schedules, financial aid assistance to those who qualify and career placement assistance, Sullivan and Cogliano Training Centers prepares for you to earn your certificate of completion and enter the job market. Call us at 1-888-872-4677 or visit us at www.sctrain.edu.
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