Web developer

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), “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 performance and capacity, which are measures of a website’s speed and how much traffic the site can handle. They also may create content for the site. 

When creating a website, developers have to make their client’s vision a reality. They work with clients to make sure it fits in with the type of site it is supposed to be, such as ecommerce, news, or gaming. Different types of websites may require different applications to work right. For example, a gaming site should be able to handle advanced graphics while an ecommerce site needs a payment processing application. The developer decides which applicants and designs will best fit the site.”

Job responsibilities: Web developer

  • Meet with their clients or management to discuss the needs of the website and the expected needs of the website’s audience and plan how it should look
  • Create and debug applications for a website
  • Write the code for the site, 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

Salary outlook: Web developer

The average salary for a web developer is about $62,500 annually or $30.05 per hour. The BLS estimates that employment of web developers will grow 20 percent between 2012 and 2022. 

What degrees can help me become a web developer?

Educational requirements for web developers vary with the setting they work in and they 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. Lynn offers the following foundational degrees that can help you in your career path: