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Web Page Designer


Ten years ago, the Internet was a fuzzy concept that people sort of knew about, but few people were actually using. People were aware of a borderless information supersystem, linked around the globe by computers, but it was accessible to only those in the know.

Today everything has changed. Children today are using the Internet to research projects, university classes are being held online. The Internet is everywhere and nearly everyone has access to it.

Information comes to us through websites, which are essentially online books. Just like books, the sites are made up of pages, each page containing specific information (a links page, a frequently asked questions page, a homepage). Each page must be carefully developed so that the information presented on the page is attractive, easy to read, and works well within the rest of the site. Webpage designers apply both computer knowledge and artistic skill to achieve this effect for all kinds of customers.

Page designers produce designs, graphics, and organize the layouts to bring specific information to the public. They are hired by large corporations who want multipaged websites, as well as smaller organizations who are looking to post just one or two pages of information. They have enough computer know-how to implement some language programs and other computer software, but they are not as computer-savvy as other IT professionals. They focus on bringing the sites to life visually, including the structural flow, images, and ease of navigation.

Webpage designers can work closely with the clients, as the site often acts as an advertisement for the clients' services. Entertainment is taking a back seat to information, and while a designer may want to make a page all fun and games, they must remember the aim of the client. Therefore, while it is often a solitary job, page designers must be prepared to listen to their clientele, and work with them to attain a common goal.

Webpage designers not only focus on the technical skills that go into Internet use, but they also understand and appreciate the role of the Internet and websites in general, and their impact on society. They are some of those people at the forefront of new technology, directing and designing a new aspect of our society and culture.
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  Interests and Skills  
The most successful webpage designers have experience with hardware, software, and computer systems and processes. Some knowledge of programming languages and techniques is important. Aspiring webpage designers should have a genuine love for computers and computer capabilities. They need an eye for design and should be creative yet logical, motivated, imaginative with excellent attention to detail. It is also important to be organized, and able to work on a number of projects at once. Communication skills are a must.

  Typical Tasks  
  • Discuss the requirements of the website with clients and coworkers
  • Discuss design ideas for the pages with clients and coworkers
  • Develop the website's pages
  • Work out the design aspects of the website's pages, such as how many illustrations it will contain
  • Assess production methods, necessary equipment and investigate costs
  • Meet with writers, system administrators and other IT staff
  • May maintain the website once it is completed
  • May coordinate other people to help maintain the website
  • The typical day for a webpage designer will involve working with computers, analyzing, developing, and implementing webpages and websites. The job doesn't allow for much travel, as most of the work can be done from home or a head office, and there is not a lot of interaction with others, except for meetings and brainstorming sessions.

  Workplaces, Employers and Industries  
  • Webpage designers work for design firms, advertising agencies, or companies who are looking to establish a presence on the web. They may be self-employed, but they usually work with a team of other IT professionals, some of whom they know only through email. They usually work in comfortable environments, either in shared offices or from their homes, and spend hours at the computer screen. Hours can be long, particularly when there is an upcoming deadline.

  Long Term Career Potential  
Anyone who has worked as a webpage designer has a lot of job possibilities ahead of them. They can start their own webpage/website design firm, they can work with a company as a webmaster, or consultant. They can also get into other aspects of computer programming, like software, operating systems, and database programming. They can apply their knowledge to journalism, writing, animation, graphic art, or desktop publishing.

  Educational Paths  
While there is no set educational path to becoming a webpage designer, there are some college and university programs which provide education and training in this field. Generally, individuals with more education will have an easier time securing employment. Courses in graphic design, math, visual art, web design, Internet development, computer science, sociology, psychology, and business are some of the courses one might find useful. Most college programs last between one to three years. The Association of Web Professionals (AWP) has a certification program for web designers.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, 2002, http://www.bls.gov/oes/2002/oes_nat.htm

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