What Does a Web Developer Do?
Where would we be without the internet? It’s something we take for granted these days. Yet without skilled web development professionals, our experience of browsing the net would be very different. With the IT sector being one of the most dynamic, there is a growing need for expert web developers. However, this career isn’t for everyone.
You will need to enjoy being creative, yet have an aptitude for technical tasks. You will require good communication skills and be able to work in a team. And you will need to continually upgrade your technical skills, with the advent of new technology. If you can identify with any of the above characteristics, then a career in web development may be the one for you.
What is Web Development?
All businesses, whether large corporations or small solo entrepreneurs, rely on a web presence. That’s why the demand for qualified online experts is growing rapidly. Online experts focus on two main areas:
- Web development —the technical side or what makes a website work (i.e. the programs applications, and web coding)
- Web design —the look and feel of a website, including layout, colours and images.
Both aspects are important in how successful a website is. As a web development professional, you will be required to undertake a variety of tasks that may include:
- Meeting with clients to understand their needs
- Developing website content
- Sourcing and managing images and copyrights of these
- Developing the design of a website
- Ensuring that text and design work together
- Developing custom coding and programming to enhance website functionality.
What Qualifications do I Need?
A career in web development can take you to many places, which is why there is a variety of web development and web design courses available. A good place to start is the Certificate IV in Web-Based Technologies. Combining both creative and technical aspects of web development, this course will equip you to plan, design, build and host websites. You will also learn how to transfer content, create databases and maintain a site.
A Diploma of Website Development will set you up beautifully to enter the ever-changing world of the web. You will learn coding and site creation, as well as how to build user interfaces, web pages, e-commerce products and mobile development. If you want to work with databases, then the Diploma of Database Design and Development will teach you how to develop and build databases for any purpose. After learning database-driven coding, mobile technology and key coding languages, you will be in a prime position to enter the digital landscape.
A Diploma of Digital Media Technologies is perfect if you are looking for a web app development course. It will show you how to design and develop media technologies, web application development, and edit digital video. You will also learn how to manage IT projects, which means you will be equipped to work as a developer, producer, designer or even a games tester. To really kick start a successful career in the digital space, the dual Diploma of Digital Media Technologies and Website Development will get you on your way. This double diploma will teach you skills in both designing and developing websites.
If you love gaming then why not consider a Diploma of Digital and Interactive Games, offered through TAFE? You will learn how to design and create multimedia productions which will equip you to work in the gaming and animation industry. You will also learn how to write and edit for multimedia platforms and manage projects. For a more formalised qualification, the Bachelor of Information Technology is aimed at those wanting to be employed in the information and communication technology (ICT) industry. Areas of study covered include web-based-business information systems, programming, systems analysis, design, multimedia development, networking and communications theory, security and technology management.
The above courses are available in most major cities including Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide.
Where will it take me?
Providing you stay up-skilled, you can make a very successful career in web development. The demand for IT professionals is continuing to grow and is expected to peak in 2018. Having qualifications in a web development course will mean you are in the perfect position to take advantage of this trend.
With a variety of positions available, both in a permanent or freelance capacity, you will never be bored in this industry.
Some typical job outcomes and their average annual salaries include:
- Web Developer ($59,404)
- Web Designer ($52,920)
- Database Developer ($74,870)
- Web Programmer ($59,751)
- Website Manager ($70,000)
- Technical Writer ($75,808)
- Digital media specialist ($61,258)
- Game Designer ($63,738)
- Mobile App Developer ($61,190)
- Game Designer ($88,996).
Of course, having managerial qualifications and experience, as well as more specialised knowledge will lead to higher salary points.
If you’re ready to move into the fast-paced world of web development, then start browsing through the great range of courses available to you. Once you have your qualifications under your belt, you’ll have the skills and knowledge to work anywhere in the world.