March 15, 2016

Spotlight: Web Developer

Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web in 1989. Since then nearly 1 billion websites have been build by individuals, governments, and businesses. Today, the web is the way the world works. We rely on it for everything from email to entertainment. You’re even using it right now to read this JobMonkey post!

What web Development is all about

Next time you see a cool website, be sure to thank a web developer. Web developers design, create, build, and maintain websites. It’s their job to work with clients to capture their online vision. Web developers create how a website looks, how it works, and sometimes even produce the content on the site. Web developers work on both the technical (back-end) and creative (front-end) part of websites.

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Web Developers are the technical craftsmen who put all of the pieces of a website together. They understand HTML, JavaScript, coding, databases, and CSS. They focus on graphics, images, ads, and layout. They work behind the scenes to ensure the website functions as necessary. Their goal is to build an attractive, functional, creative, and useful website that clients like and users enjoy.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are approximately 148,500 web developers working in the United States. That number is expected to grow by 27% in the next decade. Those web developers make $63,490 per year or $30.52 per hour. Some are employed full time, while others are self-employed. Does that sound ideal to you?

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Formal online training or even a university degree can help you build the skills you need to become a web developer, but all you really need is an outstanding portfolio. A web development portfolio that highlights your skills, talents, and creativity will help you stand out from the job search competition and find a job.

Next time you’re online pay attention to the websites that you visit. Look at how they are put together. View the page’s source code. Ask yourself if you’d like to become a web developer.

Websites are everywhere and so are web developers. It’s a growing niche that needs people like you. If you’re ready for a career change, head over to the JobMonkey JobCenter and apply for a web developer job.

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