Web Developer

What do Web Developers do?

Web developers design and create websites. They are responsible for the look of the site and 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. 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.

Average Wage

Experienced Wage

As a Web Developer, you will

Create and test applications for a website
Meet with clients or management to discuss the needs and design of a website
Monitor website traffic
Work with graphics and other designers to determine the website’s layout
Write code using programming languages such as HTML or XML

Training & Educational Opportunities

You will have many employment opportunities as a web developer, but first you will need to complete specific training and earn an associate degree. Some employers prefer applicants with bachelor or masters degrees. Coursework includes different types of computer programming languages such as HTML5, JavaScript and SQL. Some common higher education specializations include Store Apps, Web Applications Certification, .NET Framework 4, Web Applications, CIW Web Foundations Associate, CIW Web Design Specialist, CIW JavaScript Specialist, or CIW Web Development Professional.

 

Training Providers

  • College of DuPage
  • Harper College
  • Joliet Junior College
  • Computer Training Source, Inc.
  • Directions Training Center, Inc.
  • DePaul University
  • Illinois Institute of Technology
  • MicroTrain Technologies
  • Waubonsee Community College

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Types of Employers

  • Education/Universities
  • Healthcare
  • Software companies
  • Technology companies

Advancement Opportunities

  • Computer and Information Systems Manager
  • Computer Programmer
  • Computer Systems Analyst
  • Information Security Analyst