Do you like working with computers? Enjoy problem-solving?

Not bothered by the thought of staring into a computer screen for long hours?

Perhaps you've learned a bit of coding or are willing to try it?

Yes? Then consider becoming a web developer.

What Do They Do?

Digital media is part of everyone's lives and people rely on the web for their communications, information, shopping, social life, and more.

Web developers create & maintain websites, web-based applications and software according to client requirements and specifications.

Types Of Web Developers

You can choose to specialize in a particular area or dabble in multiple aspects of the role.

Front-End Web Developer

  • Does Client-side Coding

  • Creates the look, feel & functionality of a website.

  • The focus is on enhancing the end-user experience.

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  • Programming languages normally used: HTML, CSS, JavaScript, JQuery, React, AngularJS

Back-End Web Developer

  • Does Server-side Coding

  • Creates and maintains websites.

  • The focus is on maintaining 'behind-the-scenes' application functioning.

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  • Programming languages normally used: Java, PHP, Python, Ruby, MySQL

When you have the skills of both a front-end and back-end developer, you will be called a Full Stack Web Developer. This role requires you to be experienced in using a wide range of programming languages.

How Much Do They Earn?

Flaticon Icon In Canada, the average salary for a web developer is $65,309 per year

Flaticon Icon In the USA, the average salary for a web developer is $75,945 per year

What Would A Typical Day Look Like?

As a web developer, you will have the following responsibilities:

  • Meet with clients or management to discuss the needs and design of a website

  • Collaborate with a team

  • Write code using programming languages

  • Monitor website traffic

  • Troubleshoot and fix functionality problems

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Is This Career Right For You?

Consider this role if you...

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  • Love learning

  • Possess good communication skills

  • Are patient, detail-oriented, and organized

  • Like working in a structured environment

  • Want the option of freelancing or working remotely

  • Don't want to be confined to one industry

This role might not be right for you if you don't want to...

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  • Sit and work for long hours

  • Stay current with field advancements

  • Multitask and switch gears between several projects at once

Pick The Future Web Developer

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  • Carol is artistically inclined and freedom of expression is very important to her.

  • She is self-motivated and enjoys learning new skills.

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  • Jan is careful, quiet, and enjoys paying close attention to detail at work.

  • She has good communication skills and likes to problem-solve creatively.

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Who would be a better fit for the role of a web developer ?

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Chitra Krishnan

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