Graduate Job Profile - Web Developer

Web developers work with clients to design and build new websites or upgrade existing sites to meet client specifications. They can be found in a wide variety of sectors including IT, local government, education, tourism, finance, media and commerce.

A Web Developing typically is in charge of the creation of a company's intranet or extranet - web based networks, development of dynamic interactive information databases and the building of online buying sites allowing a business to have an e-commerce presence.

Common tasks can include, programming, database administration, web design, content management and maintaining networks.

Many Web developers work on a freelance basis and depending on the brief, the developer may continue to manage and maintain the site once it is up and running.

Entry requirements include a degree or BTEC/SQA higher national award in an IT-related subject. Typical subjects include web development, web design, multimedia design, digital media development, web content management, business information systems and computer programming.

You should also be familiar with some of the common web development packages, including Dreamweaver MX (formerly Ultradev), Coldfusion MX, Adobe GoLive, Visual Interdev and HotMetal Pro. There are many others which cover specialised functions.

A Graduate Professional Development Award (GDPA) is available. This course has been developed by e-skills, in conjunction with higher education institutions and employers in the IT sector. The award covers key skills required by the industry including communication and problem solving, team working and technical competencies.

Web developers are found in most sectors, which relies on IT systems to some extent. There is plenty of scope for self-employment but competition for contracts is fierce. Promotion within a company would normally be to team manager.

Web developers with fluent language skills may find opportunities both overseas and in the UK, for companies with international operations. Graduates going into this role can expect to earn around £15,000 a year. Experienced developers may earn around £25,000 or more. Web development managers can earn £35,000 or more.

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