There are millions of websites out there. The one thing each of them has in common is a web developer.
Web developers build websites from the ground up. But they usually don’t do it alone. Before they start writing code, web developers may meet with a product manager or project manager to learn about the project’s goals and the intended users’ needs. Then, to make sure they build something that’s easy to use and easy on the eyes, they often work with user experience designers, visual designers and content strategists.
FRONT-END, BACK-END AND FULL-STACK
While you obviously need good technical skills to succeed, there’s another skill that can set you apart as a web developer — communication.
“The ability to ask good questions is what makes a really great web developer,” Newlon says. “Whether you’re asking the client, a co-worker or Google, the number one skill is learning how to ask good questions.”
JOBS ARE PLENTIFUL, BUT GETTING A GOOD ONE CAN TAKE TIME
U.S. (2020-30): 13%
Median Annual salary
U.S. (2020): $77,200
Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics, O*NET
The career outlook for web developers is bright. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that jobs for web developers will grow by 13% nationally through 2030, which is faster than average growth.
With its strong tech sector, the Seattle area has many opportunities for web developers. But Newlon cautions new developers not to expect that they’ll immediately land a position at a large tech company.
“It’s building blocks to get to those kind of jobs,” Newlon says. She notes that many developers start out in smaller companies, where they have good opportunities to hone their skills while building up their portfolios.
BECOMING A WEB DEVELOPER
There are many different routes to becoming a web developer. Some people teach themselves using books and the internet. Others pursue formal education, such as a computer science degree, coding boot camps or a certificate program.
“The certificate is a great stepping stone,” Newlon says. “It’s much more affordable than many other boot camps, and because it’s self-paced, students work remotely as their schedules permit. This gives them a lot of flexibility and control.”
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