Web developers are in the front line of the internet age. The websites we browse, the online shopping we do and the news we peruse online are all made possible by web developers who design, build and implement websites. They are intensely involved in the creation of websites, from helping design the visual properties, such as layout and colour, to technical considerations such as how to design a website to handle the amount of traffic generated.
The web development is not only an exciting field and at the forefront of the digital age, but it is also a rapidly growing field. We will explain to you how to become a web developer, what skills and education are needed, what different career paths there are, current market trends and what people can expect when becoming a web developer.
STEPS TO BECOMING A WEB DEVELOPER
Web development is a professional, yet flexible field. A field that affords prospective students multiple wags to gain the training and experience needed to start their careers in web development. Below is an overview of the steps prospective students can take to enter this career field.
1. CHOOSE A DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIZATION
Before starting, it's wise to get an understanding of the type of web development work that seems interesting—such as user interface design, mobile application development, or front-end development.
2. GET AN EDUCATION
At STADIO you can start your web development education by registering for the Bachelor of Information Technology in Web Design and Development degree course.
This three-year degree in web development will equip learners with web design skills and techniques essential to develop interactive websites and animation. This course includes graphic design because the output will be consumed through a visual medium. But it goes further than the purely visual. This course incorporates every aspect of a web experience. It includes responsive website design, logo design, user interface design, HTML mark-up, design for ease-of-use (usability), selecting content imagery; flash animation; just to name a few.
The Bachelor of Information Technology in Web Design and Development degree course exposes students to the wide range of the web development world out there from designing websites, building databases and even develop mobile applications. This three-year degree course encourages students to be equipped with web development skills and techniques essential to develop interactive websites and animation.
3. DEVELOP TECHNICAL SKILLS
Finally, to build applications, developers should be proficient in back-end languages such as Ruby, Java, PHP and tools such as Oracle and SQL Server.
4. PRACTICE YOUR CODING SKILLS
Web developers learn by doing. I would recommend you set up a GitHub account. GitHub is an American-based company that offers hosting for software development. An active Github profile can get the attention of employers searching through stacks of resumés and demonstrates not only what a candidate does to solve programming issues, but also the thinking and strategies behind those solutions. By practicing coding and getting used to using Git, prepares future developers to work as part of a team, as well as manage complicated site and application builds.
5. LAUNCH AN ONLINE PORTFOLIO
The most important thing employers want to see is results, current examples of successful sites and application builds. It is important to keep your portfolio updated, test new technologies and tools and demonstrate your coding talent and technical capabilities. Standout portfolios can help prospective students clear that crucial first hurdle: landing a job interview.
CAREER TRENDS IN WEB DEVELOPMENT
Employers are seeking developers of all sorts, web, software, and mobile.
Individuals with programming skills such as .NET, PHP, and responsive design skills are in high demand.
Below is a list of web development careers that are growing rapidly and offers opportunities for individuals with the appropriate skills and experience.
- Website Developer
- Web Application Developer
- Content Manager
- WordPress Developer
- Content Manager
- Game Developer
- SEO Specialist
- Social Media Manager
- Database Developer
- Mobile App Developer