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What Does it Take to Be a Web Developer?

Web Developer Job Description 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

  • Research, document, rate, or select alternatives for Web architecture or technologies.
  • Renew domain name registrations.
  • Perform Web site tests according to planned schedules, or after any Web site or product revision.
  • Develop databases that support Web applications and Web sites.
  • Develop Web site maps, application models, image templates, or page templates that meet project goals, user needs, or industry standards.
  • Monitor security system performance logs to identify problems and notify security specialists when problems occur.

Web Developer Required Skills

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.

Types of Web Developer Jobs

  • Designer
  • Web Site Developer
  • Technology Applications Engineer
  • Web Development Director
  • Computer Graphic Artist

Job Outlook for Web Developers

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. The BLS estimates 14,600 yearly job openings in this field.

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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

Web Developers make between $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.

How much do Web Developers make 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

Tools & Technologies Used by Web Developers

Although they’re not necessarily needed for all jobs, the following technologies are used by many Web Developers:

  • 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

Becoming a Web Developer

Individuals working as a Web Developer have obtained the following education levels:

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How many years of work experience do I need?

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Where do Web Developers Work?

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Below are examples of industries where Web Developers work:

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