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Guide: Web Developer

08 January 2020
Zara Woodcock
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Careers in web developing are increasingly popular across the UK, with vacancies in every role.

Web developers are programmers who are responsible for the designing, building and maintaining of online applications and websites. Most web developers focus on underlying software and databases, but others work on the visual design as well (also known as front end). Web developers are expected to meet the organisations and clients needs by being efficient, on-time and reliable.

The typical workload may have web developers working on more than one project at a time, so organisational skills are a must. The end product must be high performing and as reliable as possible, so requirements differ depending on the role candidates are interested in.

What Does The Job Entail?

If you’re thinking of jumping into the world of web development, there are certain things about what the job entails before you dive in. On a typical day, web developers usually do the following:

  • Meet with clients or management to discuss the needs and design of a website
  • Create and test applications for a website
  • Write code for the website, using programming languages such as HTML or XML
  • Work with other team members to determine what information the site will contain
  • Work with graphics and other designers to determine the website’s layout
  • Integrate graphics, audio and video into the website
  • Monitor website traffic

What About Hours And Pay?

In the age of technology, most businesses will need to create an online presence or application at some point. This means web developers (front-end, back-end and webmasters) are needed in every sector, from transport and logistics companies to banking organisations.

It is estimated that 15 per cent more web developers will be needed by 2026. Graduate developers will usually start earning around £24,000 before the pay increases to an average of £45,000. The extremely experienced and talented web developers are able to earn up to £80,000 per annum.

Web developers typically work normal office hours (9 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday). However, those working for agencies may be expected to work longer or irregular hours to meet deadlines.

What Are The Requirements?

In the UK, there are no specific qualifications needed to become a web developer. Many employers may prefer applicants to have a degree in a relevant subject such as informatics, software engineering and computer science. One of the most important requirements in the field is prior experience and knowledge on the subject. Employers usually prefer practical knowledge over the theoretical knowledge gained in university. If applicants are applying for senior IT positions, employers usually prefer those with postgraduate degrees.

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