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Web Development and Design

What is it?

A web developer is responsible for building and maintaining websites and web applications. They use their coding skills, creativity, and problem-solving abilities to bring digital ideas to life, ensuring the websites function effectively and provide a positive user experience.

Here’s a breakdown of some key responsibilities of a web developer:

Website Development:

  • Front-end development: This involves writing code that determines the visual appearance and user interaction of a website using languages like HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. They focus on creating user interfaces (UIs) that are visually appealing, user-friendly, and responsive across different devices (desktop, mobile, tablet).
  • Back-end development: This involves writing code that powers the functionality behind the scenes, often using languages like Python, Java, or PHP. They build the server-side logic, handle data processing, and ensure communication between the website and databases.
  • Content management systems (CMS): Many developers work with CMS platforms like WordPress or Drupal to allow clients to easily manage website content without needing extensive coding knowledge.

Additional tasks may include:

Web developers optimize website performance for speed, security, and search engine optimization (SEO) to improve user experience and search engine ranking.

They use version control systems like Git to track changes made to the website codebase, enabling collaboration and easy rollback to previous versions if necessary.

Web developers thoroughly test websites at various stages of development to identify and fix bugs or errors, ensuring the website functions as intended.

The web development landscape constantly evolves, and keeping up with new trends, frameworks, and tools is essential for staying competitive and creating modern websites.

  • Specialization: Developers can specialize in front-end, back-end, or full-stack development (encompassing both front-end and back-end aspects).
  • Industry: The specific technologies and approaches used can vary depending on the industry the website caters to (e.g., e-commerce, education, healthcare).
  • Project size and complexity: Larger projects might involve teams with dedicated front-end and back-end developers, while smaller projects might be handled by a single full-stack developer.

* Salary Range

$52,600 - $97,000

(entry level – experienced)

* Regional Jobs Available

197

(3 year forecast)

Length of Training

15-18 weeks

Type of Training

Hybrid / In Person

Is it Right For You?

Here are some essential skills and qualities for success in web development:

  • Strong coding skills: Proficiency in various programming languages and frameworks is essential for building websites and web applications.
  • Problem-solving and analytical skills: Identifying and resolving technical challenges, debugging code, and finding creative solutions are crucial aspects of the job.
  • Creativity and attention to detail: Web developers have a keen eye for design and strive to create visually appealing and user-friendly websites.
  • Communication and collaboration skills: Effectively communicating technical concepts to both technical and non-technical audiences is important for collaboration with designers, clients, and other stakeholders. 

Overall, web development offers diverse career paths for individuals who enjoy working with technology, possess creative problem-solving skills, and have a passion for creating engaging and functional websites that contribute to the digital world.

* Pay Range Data: Occupational Employment Wages Statistics (OEWS). 2023-Q3.
* Demand: Forecast data is based off national projections provided by the BoLS and adapted for regional growth patterns by Chmura.

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