How to become a web developer

So looking to become a web developer? Changing industry or just starting off your career here are some tips from CV Library that might help with that next step.

What does a Web Developer actually do?

The role of a web developer, or otherwise known as a web programmer, is to design, build, maintain and fix websites to ensure they have excellent working functionality, interactivity and user experience. Literally everything you see and do on the Internet has had a Web Developer involved at some point in the process, which is why there is a great demand for Web Developers around the world and across all industries.

As a Web Developer, you need to be creative and a good problem solver; clients will come to you with problems. Your job is going to be to figure out exactly what they require and find a solution, whether this is layout or technical based.

What do Web Developers typically earn?

As a web developer, you can expect to earn in between £20,000 – £50,000 depending on location and experience. The more experience you have and the better you are at keeping up with the newest advances in technologies, the more opportunities you’ll have to increase your salary. Typically, as an entry-level Web Developer, you could be looking at £20,000 – £25,000 per year.

How do I get started as a Web Developer?

The starting point for you will be to ensure you have a detailed knowledge of programming languages such as JavaScript, Java, C# PHP, HTML, XML, ActionScript or Perl; understand how to use the various databases like SQL or MySQL and application frameworks like ASP.NET. You should also have an excellent understanding of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) standards to website accessibility.

To learn more about programming and ensure you can stand out at interviews, subjects you could look at studying include:

  • Web Development
  • Digital Media Development
  • Web Content Management
  • Computer Programming

What are the key skills I should have to go into Web Development?

As a web developer, you’ll likely be pulled into many scenarios where you will be positioned as the solution provider.

  • Excellent programming and database skills
  • Ability to solve problems quickly, efficiently and to brief
  • Ability to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to learning about the new technology advancements and web development standards
  • Good understanding of website functionality, usability, customer experience, interaction and design
  • Ability to work alone and within a team
  • Creative flair to bring your client’s ideas to life
  • Ability to work to deadlines, in a fast-paced, often pressurised environment

What are the likely career progressions available?

If you work hard to gain the relevant experience and start to specialise in certain areas to become a real guru in the industry, you’ll be able to progress to senior roles such as a Project Leader, Lead Programmer or Head of Development.

Read the full article from Sarah Hannah at CV library