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What You Need to Know About Web Developer

Example of Web Developer Job Design, create, and modify Web sites. Analyze user needs to implement Web site content, graphics, performance, and capacity. May integrate Web sites with other computer applications. May convert written, graphic, audio, and video components to compatible Web formats by using software designed to facilitate the creation of Web and multimedia content.

Life As a Web Developer

  • Perform Web site tests according to planned schedules, or after any Web site or product revision.
  • Respond to user email inquiries, or set up automated systems to send responses.
  • Develop system interaction or sequence diagrams.
  • Analyze user needs to determine technical requirements.
  • Design and implement Web site security measures, such as firewalls or message encryption.
  • Design, build, or maintain Web sites, using authoring or scripting languages, content creation tools, management tools, and digital media.

What Every Web Developer Should Know

These are the skills Web Developers say are the most useful in their careers:

Programming: Writing computer programs for various purposes.

Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Complex Problem Solving: Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Operations Analysis: Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.

Active Learning: Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

  • Web Site Specialist
  • User Experience Designer (UX Designer)
  • Usability Specialist
  • Web Development Instructor
  • PHP Website Developer

What Kind of Web Developer Job Opportunities Are There?

There were about 162,900 jobs for Web Developer in 2016 (in the United States). New jobs are being produced at a rate of 14.9% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 24,300 new jobs for Web Developer by 2026. Due to new job openings and attrition, there will be an average of 14,600 job openings in this field each year.

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The states with the most job growth for Web Developer are Washington, Colorado, and Utah. Watch out if you plan on working in Alaska, Maine, or Ohio. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Web Developer Average Salary

The salary for Web Developers ranges between about $37,930 and $124,480 a year.

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Web Developers who work in Washington, District of Columbia, or Virginia, make the highest salaries.

Below is a list of the median annual salaries for Web Developers in different U.S. states.

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $67,250
Alaska $59,990
Arizona $70,450
Arkansas $50,930
California $86,160
Colorado $78,790
Connecticut $78,200
Delaware $72,070
District of Columbia $87,320
Florida $64,160
Georgia $80,090
Hawaii $62,710
Idaho $54,720
Illinois $74,420
Indiana $59,870
Iowa $58,340
Kansas $62,850
Kentucky $71,610
Louisiana $55,310
Maine $60,290
Maryland $78,030
Massachusetts $84,300
Michigan $67,000
Minnesota $79,690
Mississippi $63,800
Missouri $65,090
Montana $49,510
Nebraska $58,500
Nevada $59,320
New Hampshire $66,890
New Jersey $84,500
New Mexico $61,470
New York $79,880
North Carolina $73,610
North Dakota $59,090
Ohio $64,700
Oklahoma $60,280
Oregon $68,760
Pennsylvania $72,030
Rhode Island $71,520
South Carolina $77,950
South Dakota $54,410
Tennessee $61,910
Texas $74,250
Utah $69,940
Vermont $60,790
Virginia $88,850
Washington $94,060
West Virginia $55,580
Wisconsin $53,730
Wyoming $64,340

What Tools & Technology do Web Developers Use?

Below is a list of the types of tools and technologies that Web Developers may use on a daily basis:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office
  • Hypertext markup language HTML
  • JavaScript
  • Git
  • Python
  • jQuery
  • React
  • Microsoft Access
  • Node.js
  • MySQL
  • Data entry software
  • MongoDB
  • SAP
  • Microsoft Windows
  • Microsoft Project
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat
  • Microsoft Visio
  • Microsoft SharePoint
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop

How to Become a Web Developer

Education needed to be a Web Developer:

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Where Web Developers Are Employed

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The table below shows some of the most common industries where those employed in this career field work.

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