Video credit: CareerOneStop

Average Wages

Web Developers


Industry Outlook

Career outlook is: excellent for the next 12-18 months

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.


Also known as:
Web Development Director, Web Design Specialist, Web Development Instructor, Designer, Web Developer, Web Architect, Web Designer, Webmaster, Technology Applications Engineer

Average Career Wages

Co-Op / Internship

Securing an internship for this position is a good way in which to understand the expectations required for full time employment.

Typical Job Tasks

  • Design websites or web applications.
  • Write computer programming code.
  • Update website content.
  • Create electronic data backup to prevent loss of information.
  • Test software performance.


  • Troubleshoot issues with computer applications or systems.
  • Collaborate with others to resolve information technology issues.
  • Resolve computer software problems.
  • Create databases to store electronic data.
  • Update knowledge about emerging industry or technology trends.
  • Analyze project data to determine specifications or requirements.
  • Develop computer or information security policies or procedures.
  • Implement security measures for computer or information systems.
  • Monitor the security of digital information.
  • Develop specifications or procedures for website development or maintenance.
  • Provide customer service to clients or users.
  • Provide technical support for computer network issues.
  • Collaborate with others to develop or implement marketing strategies.
  • Prepare graphics or other visual representations of information.
  • Develop models of information or communications systems.
  • Document design or development procedures.
  • Configure computer networks.
  • Recommend changes to improve computer or information systems.
  • Develop testing routines or procedures.
  • Document network-related activities or tasks.
  • Provide recommendations to others about computer hardware.
  • Evaluate utility of software or hardware technologies.
  • Install computer hardware.
  • Conduct research to gain information about products or processes.
  • Develop diagrams or flow charts of system operation.


Required Skills

People in this career often have these skills:
  • Programming – Writing computer programs.
  • Critical Thinking – Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
  • Reading Comprehension – Reading work-related information.
  • Complex Problem Solving – Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
  • Operations Analysis – Figuring out what a product or service needs to be able to do.


  • Active Listening – Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
  • Active Learning – Figuring out how to use new ideas or things.
  • Judgment and Decision Making – Thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one.


Projected Employment Numbers


2016 Employment

2026 Employment

Percent change

Annual projected job openings

What Experience and Education do you Require?

People starting in this career usually have:

  •  Associate’s degree
  •  No work experience
  •  No on-the-job training

Typical Education Level Required

Background Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:
  • Computers and Electronics – Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • English Language – Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Successful people in this career have ...

  • Deductive Reasoning – Using rules to solve problems.
  • Oral Comprehension – Listening and understanding what people say.
  • Near Vision – Seeing details up close.
  • Written Comprehension – Reading and understanding what is written.
  • Problem Sensitivity – Noticing when problems happen.


  • Inductive Reasoning – Making general rules or coming up with answers from lots of detailed information.
  • Information Ordering – Ordering or arranging things.
  • Speech Clarity – Speaking clearly.
  • Speech Recognition – Recognizing spoken words.