Web Developer Job Description, Salary and Skills

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Are you interested in a job as a web developer? Here's information about web development, including a job overview, education requirements, skills, and salary information. 

Web Developer Job Description

A web developer builds and shapes a visitor’s experience to a website. They do this through the creation of page layouts (headings and paragraphs), website styling (colors and fonts), and page features (animations and pictures).

Web developers work closely with project managers and designers to ensure the final product adheres to the predetermined budget, scope, and design. While a Bachelor’s Degree in computer science is not required for many positions, numerous years of hands-on experience coding both web sites and web applications is strongly desired.

Along with strong technical skills, a front end web developer must have strong written and oral communication skills, and exceptional time management. They must be able to troubleshoot issues quickly, and stay up-to-date on current and emerging technologies, standards, and trends.

Through the use of code, such as HTML or JavaScript, web developers bring a website or web application to life. Continued testing, maintenance, and updates are handled by the web developer. 

Web developers work for a variety employers in the government, non-profit and corporate sectors. However, many work independently on a contract basis or for web development firms.


Education and Training

Education requirements vary from high school degree to bachelor's degree, and are dependent upon the job and employer requirements. However, a bachelor's degree is typically required for advancement to a project manager role. 

Web Developer Salaries

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, web developers earned an average of $62,500 in 2012.

The bottom 10% earned an average of $33,550, while the top 10% earned at least $105,200.

Web Developer Skills

Here's a list of front end web developer skills for resumes, cover letters, job applications and interviews. Required skills will vary based on the job for which you're applying, so also review our list of skills listed by job and type of skill.

A - G

  • Actively Seek New Programming Knowledge
  • Build Products Using HTML/CSS/JS and Other Front-End Technologies
  • Code and Deploy Applications in a Cross-Platform, Cross-Browser Environment
  • Detail-Orientated
  • Document Project Build and Maintenance
  • Experience Building User Interfaces and Prototypes From Wireframes and Designs
  • Experience With Git and Github
  • Experience With Photoshop
  • Familiar With Development and Debugging Tools for Cross-Browser Issues
  • Familiar With Social Media and Third Party APIs
  • Flexible
  • Follow and Implement Industry Accepted Best Practices and Tools

H - M

  • Handle Frequent Feedback
  • Keen Attention to Details
  • Knowledgeable of REST-Based APIs
  • Knowledgeable of Web Application Development Frameworks
  • Manage and Prioritize Multiple Projects

N - S

  • Proficient With Javascript
  • Seamlessly Switch Between Multiple Projects
  • Self-Starter Attitude
  • Solid Understanding of HTML5/CSS3, jQuery and Responsive Design
  • Solid Understanding of Object-Oriented Programming (OOP)
  • Strong Problem Solver

T - Z

  • Thrive in a Team Environment
  • Troubleshoot and Communicate Effectively
  • Update Current Websites to Meet Modern Web Standards
  • UI / UX
  • WordPress, Theming and Module Development Experience
  • Work Well Under Pressure
  • Write and Maintain Web Applications

Quick Facts: Web Developer (Occupational Outlook Handbook)

Web Developer Jobs: Indeed.com Job Listings

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