Career, Salary and Education Information
What They Do: Web developers create and maintain websites. Digital designers develop, create, and test website or interface layout, functions, and navigation for usability.
Work Environment: Some web developers and digital designers work in the computer systems design and related services industry. Others are self-employed. Still others work in industries including publishing, management consulting, and advertising.
How to Become One: Educational requirements for web developers and digital designers vary, ranging from a high school diploma to a bachelor’s degree.
Salary: The median annual wage for web and digital interface designers is $79,890. The median annual wage for web developers is $77,030.
Job Outlook: Employment of web developers and digital designers is projected to grow 23 percent over the next ten years, much faster than the average for all occupations.
Related Careers: Compare the job duties, education, job growth, and pay of web developers and digital designers with similar occupations.
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- Web Developer Software Engineer- - Steadfast Creative - Brainerd, MN
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- Front End Web Developer - W. Atlee Burpee Company - Warminster, PA
The Front-End Web Developer is responsible for developing, implementing, maintaining, testing and improving new web features for Burpee.com and other websites. Our ideal candidate will translate ...
- Web Developer - LMS - Orlando, FL
As our Web Developer , you will be part of a dynamic team and play a visible role in developing and directing software as you cross-collaborate with other industry-leading project partners. LMS/GEM ...
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What Web Developers and Digital Designers Do[About this section] [To Top]
Web developers create and maintain websites. They are also responsible for the site's technical aspects, such as its performance and capacity, which are measures of a website's speed and how much traffic the site can handle. In addition, web developers may create content for the site. Digital designers develop, create, and test website or interface layout, functions, and navigation for usability. They are responsible for the look and functionality of the website or interface.
Duties of Web Developers and Digital Designers
Web developers and digital designers typically do the following:
- Meet with clients or management to discuss the needs, design, and functionality of a website or interface
- Create and test applications, interfaces, and navigation menus for a website
- Write code for the website, using programming languages such as HTML or XML
- Work with other team members to determine what information the site will contain
- Work with graphics and other designers to determine the website's layout
- Integrate graphics, audio, and video into the website
- Monitor website traffic
- Create prototypes and mockups of websites or applications
- Design and develop graphics
When creating a website, developers and designers have to make their client's vision a reality. They build particular types of websites, such as ecommerce, news, or gaming sites, to fit clients' needs. Different types of websites require different applications. For example, a gaming site should be able to handle advanced graphics, whereas an ecommerce site would need a payment-processing application. The developer decides which applications and designs will best fit the site, and the designer focuses on the look and usability of these elements across browsers or devices.
Some developers and designers handle all aspects of a website's construction, and others specialize in a certain aspect of it. The following are examples of types of specialized web developers or digital designers:
Back-end web developers are responsible for the overall technical construction of the website. They create the basic framework of the site and ensure that it functions as expected. Back-end web developers also establish procedures for allowing others to add new pages to the website and meet with management to discuss major changes to the site.
Web and digital interface designers are responsible for creating the look and feel of a website or interface with regard to photos, color, font type and size, graphics, and layout. They also are responsible for the functionality, usability, and compatibility of the website or interface.
Webmasters maintain and update websites. They ensure that websites operate correctly, and they test for errors such as broken links. Many webmasters respond to user comments as well.
Work Environment for Web Developers and Digital Designers[About this section] [To Top]
Web and digital interface designers hold about 101,800 jobs. The largest employers of web and digital interface designers are as follows:
|Computer systems design and related services||16%|
|Finance and insurance||5%|
|Advertising, public relations, and related services||4%|
Web developers hold about 95,300 jobs. The largest employers of web developers are as follows:
|Computer systems design and related services||19%|
|Educational services; state, local, and private||8%|
|Other information services||6%|
|Advertising, public relations, and related services||6%|
Web Developers and Digital Designer Work Schedules
Most web developers and digital designers work full time.
How to Become a Web Developer or Digital Designer[About this section] [To Top]
Get the education you need: Find schools for Web Developers and Digital Designers near you!
Educational requirements vary for web developers and digital designers, based on work setting and other factors.
Education for Web Developers and Digital Designers
Educational requirements for web developers and digital designers range from a high school diploma to a bachelor's degree.
Some employers prefer to hire web developer candidates who have a bachelor's degree in a specific field, such as computer science or programming.
Employers of digital designers may prefer to hire candidates who have a bachelor's degree in a field such as web design, digital design, or graphic arts.
Web developers and digital designers may not need specific education credentials if they can demonstrate their abilities through prior work experience or projects.
Web developers and digital designers who have a bachelor's degree may advance to become project managers. For more information, see the profile on computer and information systems managers.
Communication skills. Web developers and digital designers need to communicate effectively with coworkers to coordinate work on projects.
Creativity. Web developers and digital designers often are involved in creating the appearance of a website and must make sure that it is appealing as well as functional.
Customer-service skills. Webmasters have to respond politely to user questions and requests.
Detail oriented. Web developers and digital designers must focus for long periods and write code precisely, because a minor error could cause an entire webpage to stop working.
Problem-solving skills. Web developers and digital designers must check for coding errors and fix any that they find.
Web Developers and Digital Designer Salaries[About this section] [More salary/earnings info] [To Top]
The median annual wage for web and digital interface designers is $79,890. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $38,550, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $168,200.
The median annual wage for web developers is $77,030. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $38,280, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $129,760.
The median annual wages for web and digital interface designers in the top industries in which they work are as follows:
|Finance and insurance||$99,640|
|Computer systems design and related services||$80,110|
|Advertising, public relations, and related services||$64,720|
The median annual wages for web developers in the top industries in which they work are as follows:
|Computer systems design and related services||$77,450|
|Other information services||$77,210|
|Educational services; state, local, and private||$64,380|
|Advertising, public relations, and related services||$63,240|
Most web developers and digital designers work full time.
Job Outlook for Web Developers and Digital Designers[About this section] [To Top]
Employment of web developers and digital designers is projected to grow 23 percent over the next ten years, much faster than the average for all occupations.
About 21,800 openings for web developers and digital designers are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.
Employment of Web Developers and Digital Designers
Employment of web developers and digital designers is projected to grow as e-commerce continues to expand. As retail firms keep increasing their online offerings, demand for these workers is expected to grow. In addition, the continued use of mobile devices to search the web is expected to generate demand for web developers and digital designers to create websites and interfaces that work on mobile devices with many different screen sizes.
|Occupational Title||Employment, 2021||Projected Employment, 2031||Change, 2021-31|
|Web developers and digital interface designers||197,100||242,500||23||45,400|
|Web and digital interface designers||101,800||118,400||16||16,600|
Careers Related to Web Developers and Digital Designers[About this section] [To Top]
Computer and Information Systems Managers
Computer and information systems managers, often called information technology (IT) managers or IT project managers, plan, coordinate, and direct computer-related activities in an organization. They help determine the information technology goals of an organization and are responsible for implementing computer systems to meet those goals.
Computer programmers write and test code that allows computer applications and software programs to function properly. They turn the program designs created by software developers and engineers into instructions that a computer can follow.
Computer Support Specialists
Computer support specialists provide help and advice to computer users and organizations. These specialists either support computer networks or they provide technical assistance directly to computer users.
Computer Systems Analysts
Computer systems analysts, sometimes called systems architects, study an organization's current computer systems and procedures, and design solutions to help the organization operate more efficiently and effectively. They bring business and information technology (IT) together by understanding the needs and limitations of both.
Database administrators (DBAs) use specialized software to store and organize data, such as financial information and customer shipping records. They make sure that data are available to users and secure from unauthorized access.
Graphic designers create visual concepts, using computer software or by hand, to communicate ideas that inspire, inform, and captivate consumers. They develop the overall layout and production design for various applications such as advertisements, brochures, magazines, and corporate reports.
Information Security Analysts
Information security analysts plan and carry out security measures to protect an organization's computer networks and systems. Their responsibilities are continually expanding as the number of cyberattacks increases.
Special Effects Artists and Animators
Special effects artists and animators create animation and visual effects for television, movies, video games, and other forms of media.
Software developers are the creative minds behind computer programs. Some develop the applications that allow people to do specific tasks on a computer or another device. Others develop the underlying systems that run the devices or that control networks.
More Web Developer Information[About this section] [To Top]
For more information about web developers, visit
World Organization of Webmasters
For more information about computer careers, visit
Association for Computing Machinery
Computing Research Association
For information about opportunities for women pursuing information technology careers, visit
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