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Web Developer


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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 papers and university classes are being held online. Today, the Internet is everywhere.

Information comes to us through websites, collections of information published on the Internet, with addresses that make them easy to access. These sites are designed and administered by web developers. They research, design, establish, monitor and maintain sites for companies and individuals. They are experts when it comes to the information superhighway, and can effectively design, develop, and maintain just about anything on the Internet.

Web developers create a range or Internet applications for websites. The applications can be anything from an online function, like a shopping cart for an online store, a search tool for a website, or an e-commerce secure password system to protect user information. A web developer will know which technologies fit which needs of a project.

Web developers not only focus on the technical skills that go into Internet use, but they also understand and appreciate the role of the Internet in general, and its impact on society as a whole. The Internet is huge, unwieldy, and unpredictable, and can potentially lead those unfamiliar with its complexities astray. It is easy to get lost and tangled up in the web--the specialists are there to guide us along our way.
 
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  Interests and Skills  
Successful web developers need to have lots of experience with hardware, software, and computer systems and processes. They must know about programming languages and techniques. They should have a genuine interest in computers and computer capabilities. They should be methodical, logical, patient, careful, and accurate. Web developers should be adaptable to new things, and work well under pressure. They must be organized, and able to work on a number of projects at once. They need to be a good communicators, and be able to work well with others, as well as independently. They must also enjoy working indoors. A head for business and design are two useful skills for those wanting to work as web developers.
 

  Typical Tasks  
  • Design websites
  • Maintain and upgrade websites
  • Post database information on sites
  • Run tests to ensure web programs and computer systems are working properly
  • Find and correct faults in websites
  • Prepare reports on sites
  • The typical day for a web developer will involve working with computers, analyzing, developing, and implementing web sites and web-based programs. They will research websites, as well as maintain and upgrade older sites. The job doesn't allow for much travel, as most of the work can be done from home or a head office, unless you consider endless voyages along the information superhighway traveling.

  Workplaces, Employers and Industries  
  • Web developers work for companies with websites or interests in the information found online. They can also work independently, and contract out their services, or work for a web design firm. They usually work in comfortable environments, either offices or their homes, and spend hours at the computer screen. They can often set their own hours, and usually work alone, or with a small team of computer and Internet specialists.

  Long Term Career Potential  
Anyone familiar with the Internet will be able to work as a researcher, web designer or webmaster, or consultant, to name a few job prospects. They can get into other aspects of computer programming, like software development, operating systems, and database programming. They can apply their knowledge to journalism, or desktop publishing. Web developers can become educators for those who want to learn to surf the internet effectively and efficiently.
 

  Educational Paths  
There is no real educational path to follow to become a web developer, however, there are some college and university programs which could help an individual become a web developer. Courses in web design, Internet development, computer science, engineering and business will all be useful to prospective web developers. Most college programs last between one and three years.

Web developers can also do some practice work on their own. Individuals may also develop their own web site or volunteer to create a site for a school or non-profit organization. This is a good way to gain experience before starting classes.
 

Sources:
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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