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Web Design and Internet Specialist


The Internet has gone from a fuzzy concept that people sort of knew about to a useful tool that is used in countless offices, schools and homes around the world. Students use the Internet to research papers, university classes are being held online and this new technology has fast beome a part of out lives.

But the Internet doesn't simply exist. The sites, servers, and search engines don't just appear out of nowhere. Internet specialists are well-versed in all aspects of internet development, including web design, site administration, programming for the web, and business on the web. They research the web for various companies and individuals, they establish sites, they monitor and maintain sites for companies and individuals. They are experts when it comes to the information superhighway, and can effectively and efficiently design and maintain just about anything on the net.

Internet specialists 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  
Iinternet specialists need to be organized, able to work on a number of projects at once, and comfortable working for hours at a time on their own. They should also like working indoors, and they must have a strong knowledge of the Internet and computers in general. Internet specialists should be focused, and enjoy learning new things. They should also have good communication skills, and a head for business and design.

  Typical Tasks  
  • Research Internet for clients
  • Design websites
  • Maintain and upgrade websites
  • Post database information on sites
  • Advise people on Internet use
  • Maintain administrative duties
  • Register websites with search engines
  • Maintain web servers
  • Provide help desk support to clients
  • Buy and sell URLs
  • Internet specialists spend much of each day online. There they will research other websites, and develop websites for their clients. They may also maintain and upgrade older websites. They work indoors, with little opportunity to travel--unless you consider endless voyages along the information superhighway traveling.

  Workplaces, Employers and Industries  
  • Internet specialists 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. You can apply your knowledge to journalism, writing, or desktop publishing. You can become a an educator 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 an Internet specialist. However, there are some college and university programs which could help one become a Internet specialist. Courses in web design, Internet development, computer science, sociology, psychology, and business are some of the courses you might find useful. Most college programs last between one to three years.

Individuals can also do some practice work on their own. They may want to design their own website or a website for a non-profit group or community organization. This is a good way to learn a lot before they even start classes.

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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