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Junior Web Developer
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You can earn an average of £46,419.85 a year
Career Questions Answered
What skills do I need to become a Web Developer?
You will need to show a combination of soft and technical skills.
Soft skills include:
- Attention to detail
- Problem-solving skills
- Logical approach
- Communication skills
Technical skills include:
- Search engine optimisation (SEO)
- Coding – HTML and CSS
- Backend web programming – C#, Java, PHP, Ruby and Python
- Database systems – SQL
- User Experience (UX)
- User Interface (UI)
The technical skills for each Web Developer position will vary depending on what the employer expects from you. The technical level of web development and the level of job role you are applying for will also vary and advanced skills may be required.
What programming languages do I need to know?
A major aspect of becoming a web developer is understanding and creating code. Therefore, coding skills are essential to your success.
You will need to have in-depth knowledge of Java, Ruby and Ruby on Rails, Python, C++ and PHP, as well as an understanding of HTML, CSS and SQL.
Do I need to have a degree?
You do not need to have any formal qualifications to become a Web Developer but having a technical degree would be an advantage. However, the most important requirement from an employer would be your knowledge and experience.
To help build your knowledge and skills in web development you can undertake specialised courses provided by accredited training providers. These can be studied alongside your current role on a part-time basis via online learning which is the most popular choice for many.
Employers generally do not mind how you gained your skills if you can demonstrate them and talk about the technical requirements of the position. A strong portfolio will also help when it comes to showcasing your work, especially if you have examples of websites you have worked on and testimonials from clients.
What is the typical work environment for this career?
You will typically be working normal office hours, 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. However, there may be a need for you to work longer hours in order to meet deadlines.
Remote working and self-employment are common for a developer, with companies frequently advertising for web developers on a remote basis.
Whether you are working remotely or in an office, there will be a small amount of travel required to meet clients over the course of a project. In addition, you may be required to attend conferences and workshops.
What are the day-to-day duties of a Web Developer?
As a web developer you can expect your daily responsibilities to include the following;
- Building and maintaining websites
- Creating design frameworks
- Testing and improving functionality
- Troubleshooting, fixing bugs and maintaining security
- Building and testing Application Program Interfaces (APIs)
- Testing responsiveness and rendering across all devices
- Building and maintaining databases
- Liaising with clients
What is the difference between a Web Developer and Web Designer?
A web designer focuses on the overall look and feel of a website using their creative skills and frontend development knowledge. Whereas, it is a web developers’ job to take those designs and transform them into a fully functioning website through backend development using programming languages such as PHP, Ruby and SQL, languages that go beyond the knowledge of a web designer.
What is the career path for a Web Developer?
The typical path for this career would start as a Junior or Entry-Level Developer. Generally, after five years of experience you would progress into a Senior or Mid-Level role. Senior Developers will tend to work on more important projects, lead client meetings and manage a small team of junior developers.
With ten of more years’ experience you can progress to Lead Developer, Technical Lead or Head of Development. With these higher positions you can expect to do less coding work but will be required to manage a team of web developers and contribute to the technical strategy and organisation goals.
After progressing through the ranks, the highest level you can achieve would be board level, this includes positions such as Chief Technical Officer and Technology Vice President.