Graduate Job Profile - Internet & Web Professionals

Internet and Web professionals provide advice for their client and show them how to get the best out of their website and present information to effectively attract customers. There are several roles that come under internet/web professional. Some of which include web designer or a website manager who maintains more sophisticated web sites that handle online enquiries, sales and payment, delivery and after-sales service arrangements.

Within this industry sector there is a lot of competition. There are a lot of small companies and self employed web professionals. To get into this career you will normally need a degree or BTEC HND/HNC either multimedia computing/design, art and design, graphic design and computer studies. It is useful to have some strong commercial experience in related sectors as well as a portfolio of work to support your application particularly for design roles.

A Graduate Professional Development Award (GDPA) is available which has been developed by e-skills in conjunction with higher education institutions and employers in the IT sector. It can be studied as part of an undergraduate, postgraduate or work-based training programme. The Award covers key skills required by the industry including, communication and problem solving, team working and technical competencies.

Typically internet and web professionals work within e-commerce, film, TV, publishing, libraries, schools and museums but their service is becoming more and more essential within all industries with the current trend online business.

Opportunities exist with internet service producers, publishers, graphic design companies, broadcasters, the press, film companies, and organisations with in-house web sites.

Many professionals work on a freelance or contract basis where experience and a good reputation are very important.

Starting salaries begin around £16,000 or more. With experience, designers may earn £30,000 or more and senior designers, or those with specialist knowledge, can earn £40,000 or more. Many internet professional are self-employed and may enjoy a higher income.

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