Information & Communication Technology
Web developers as responsible for the technical and performance aspects of the design and build of websites and web-based applications.
What does a Web Developer do?
Web developers as responsible for the technical and performance aspects of the design and build of websites and web-based applications, including the architecture of the site, its speed, how much traffic the site can handle, and its integration with other parts of a client's IT network.
As a web developer, you would:
- meet with the client to understand the required specification and gather requirements
- scope the project and decide on the best framework (architecture) or components to be used
- build the architecture of the site, using programming or scripting languages
- add command buttons, payment systems, video, sound or animation
- test the site or application in different browers and on different devices
- make sure that the new site can be smoothly integrated into the client's existing network
- document your work so that other developers can understand what has been done
- work on the site's design and appearance with a web designer
- put in measures to deal with user access and security
- test the site under construction to find and fix any problems – or 'bugs' – before it goes live
- keep up to date with new technologies, architecture and programming languages
- build and maintain databases inside websites.
Key skills and interests
To become a web developer, you would need:
- excellent web and database programming skills
- a good appreciation of design, usability and interactivity
- a logical approach to problem-solving
- strong attention to detail
- a willingness to work flexibly but in an organised manner
- the ability to follow exact instructions
- the ability to manage a complex range of tasks and meet deadlines.
Working hours and conditions
As a web developer, you would usually work a standard number of hours per week, Monday to Friday. Some evening and/or weekend work may be needed to meet deadlines. If you are self-employed, you would work the hours necessary to complete projects.
You would work in an office or home office. If you work for a company you would normally be at one site, but if you are self-employed, you might work from home and on the client's premises.
How to become an Web Developer?
Entry Level Education
You can work as a web developer without formal qualifications. Skills may be developed through practice and experience.
However, most employers would require you to either have a VET qualification or a degree. You may like to consider a qualification in interactive digital media, web-based technologies, website development or information technology. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your senior secondary school certificate or equivalent. English, mathematics and coding would be appropriate subjects to study prior to university.
Web developers usually start their careers as junior or entry-level developers before progressing to senior or mid-level developer roles after around five years.
Membership of the Australian Computer Society is available to those who hold, or are working towards, suitable qualifications.
Employment of web developers is projected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations.
Almost all organisations require web development work at some point. Demand will be driven by the growing popularity of mobile devices and ecommerce, and the need to develop, maintain and upgrade websites and web-based applications.
For entry level roles, prospects are likely to best for those with strong coding skills and knowledge.